Springing Forward

On March 13 of 2022, we preformed the semi-annual ritual we both love and hate. We changed our clocks an hour. Hopefully, you changed all the clocks in the house ahead one hour to make them Daylight Savings Time. And you hit the sack an hour earlier as well to catch up on that hourContinue reading “Springing Forward”

Street Cars – The Electric Street Railway

A Look Into Thunder Bay’s Transportation Past by Brian G. Spare Things can change a lot over a century including our public transportation system. In the 1880s the silver boom ended leaving Port Arthur without its economic power house. Things got worse when the Canadian Pacific Railway chose Fort William for it terminus and itsContinue reading “Street Cars – The Electric Street Railway”

Keeping the Drive Alive

100 Years of Stock Car Racing in Thunder Bay by Brian G. Spare There has been stock car racing in Thunder Bay for nearly as long as there has have been motorized vehicles here. The earliest recorded race was in September, 1914. It was held as an event in the West Algoma Agricultural Fair atContinue reading “Keeping the Drive Alive”

Thunder Bay International Airport

The remarkable history of the Thunder Bay International Airport by Brian G. Spare Did you know the place where Thunder Bay International Airport is now isn’t the original location? I didn’t until writing this article. In June 1929 Bishopsfield (named after Billy Bishop WWI flying ace) became the Lakehead’s first airport and the sixteenth inContinue reading “Thunder Bay International Airport”

Christmas Traditions

by Brian G. Spare Christmas is fast approaching once more, and with it comes all the rituals, social gatherings, food and traditions that make up this time of year. I don’t know of any other holiday season that is so steeped in tradition, or is as cherished as Christmas. No matter how modern it mayContinue reading “Christmas Traditions”

Christmas Concerts

A Community Tradition Through the Years By Brian G. Spare The fur trade in the 1800s brought with it prospectors to Northwestern Ontario searching for mineral wealth. Foresters were attracted here by the vast abundance of trees. Many of them stayed to carve out a place to live from the wilderness. However, the biggest influxContinue reading “Christmas Concerts”

Dinners of Christmas Past

A History of Our Festive Feasts by Brian G. Spare The Yuletide season will soon be upon us once again and with it comes all the rituals, social gatherings, traditions and food that make up this time of year. I don’t know of any other holiday season that is so steeped in traditions, or isContinue reading “Dinners of Christmas Past”

The Chapples Christmas Show

For 50 years the remarkable spectacle was produced by committed voluteers by Brian G. Spare Christmas is a magical time for children. On the first Saturday morning of December, for two one hour shows, the kids of the Lakehead both young and old were treated to the magical excitement of the Chapples Christmas Show. InContinue reading “The Chapples Christmas Show”

Shopping in the Lakehead over the Years

The independent retailers who built this region by Brian G. Spare Our two cities’ histories, Port Arthur and Fort William, were home to some remarkably gifted retailers with big ideas, and an inspirational entrepreneurial spirit. On June 19, 1909, C.E. Chapple introduced the Lakehead to full line department store shopping in the Roy Building atContinue reading “Shopping in the Lakehead over the Years”