Thunder Bay – Current River

by Brian G. Spare Current River has grown up in the shadow of Port Arthur now Thunder Bay North. The neighbourhood started as land speculation for mining and the CPR, it became a vibrant community and one of Thunder Bay’s original “streetcar suburbs”. Back in 1857, the Red River Expedition came to Fort William toContinue reading “Thunder Bay – Current River”

Thunder Bay – The Making of Mariday Park

by Brian G. Spare John James (JJ) Carrick (September 17, 1873 – May 11, 1966) was born and raised in Terre Haute, Indiana and educated at the University of Toronto. On December 20, 1899, he married Mary Day. Four years later, in 1903, he and Mary moved to Port Arthur attracted by the real estateContinue reading “Thunder Bay – The Making of Mariday Park”

Thunder Bay – The Story of Westfort

$100 plots and tales of the people behind its recognizable street names by Brian G. Spare The Province of Canada’s Department of Crown Lands surveyed the southern bank of the Kaministiquia River west of the fur trading fort of Fort William during 1859-60. Then they opened it up for settlement. It would be known asContinue reading “Thunder Bay – The Story of Westfort”

Thunder Bay – The East End

Where it all began by Brian G. Spare When we think back to the origins of Thunder Bay, what first comes to mind are visions of the annual Great Rendezvous where buckskin-clad voyageurs arrived at Fort William paddling their canoes laden with a year’s worth of furs to sell, load up with supplies and catchContinue reading “Thunder Bay – The East End”

The Welcome/Unity Arch

From days gone by By Brian G. Spare The Welcome/Unity Arch came to symbolize the closeness and co-operation between Port Arthur and Fort William On February 28, 1939 Port Arthur City council decided to construct a permanent arch to commemorate the visit of their majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to Port Arthur andContinue reading “The Welcome/Unity Arch”

100 Years of Play

Celebrating Thunder Bay Playgrounds by Brian G. Spare There was no better day than Family Day during WinterFest for Mayor Keith Hobbs to usher in the next century of the Playgrounds Program. He proclaimed 2014 as the “Year of Play” noting that this year was the centennial of the Supervised Playgrounds Program in Thunder Bay.Continue reading “100 Years of Play”

The Outlaw Bridge

by Brian G. Spare Thunder Bay and Duluth have enjoyed a good relationship for well over a century. Initially, the only way to travel to Duluth was by the three times weekly steamboat. The turn of the twentieth century saw more and more motorcars. The people of the Lakehead wanted to explore the townships aroundContinue reading “The Outlaw Bridge”

Rotary – A Century of Service

Bridge Builders, Humanitarians and More by Brian G. Spare Rotary was formed in Chicago in 1905 as an organization of businesses and professional leaders that provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary has become a ruly international organization of 1.2 million RotariansContinue reading “Rotary – A Century of Service”

Thriving with Activity

West Thunder Community Centre Celebrating 30 years thanks to volunteers and visionaries by Brian G. Spare A Sense of Community What is a community? It can be a group of individuals with a common goal, who work together to achieve their aim with respect, honesty and accountability toward each other. The people of Westfort areContinue reading “Thriving with Activity”

Grain – Our Proud Heritage

Our legacy of a century of grain handling through the Port of Thunder Bay by Brian G. Spare In 2003, Friends of Grain Elevators (FOGE) was formed by persons who had worked in or were associated with the grain industry in Thunder Bay. They had all witnessed how much the grain trade had changed fromContinue reading “Grain – Our Proud Heritage”