1st Annual WinterFest at Prince Arthur’s Landing

Everyone is invited to the first annual WinterFest at Prince Arthur’s Landing on February 18th. WinterFest will feature Thunder Bay’s first Snow Sculpture Symposium with four teams of local artists producing magical snow sculptures. Once you’ve been inspired by the pros, try your hand at carving on some smaller snow sculpture forms. No experience needed – the talented WillowSprings Creative Centre staff will be on site with advice and tools to try.

A whole range of winter activities will keep the family entertained outside at the waterfront- skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, skijoring, kicksledding, dogsledding and local entertainment. For those who want to stay warm and toasty inside, the Baggage Building Arts Centre will be hosting a Family Day Arts Extravaganza including arts & crafts, fashion shows and performances.

Don’t miss the Static Family Day Jib Jam (aka, snowboarding) at the snow-covered Skate Park, and make sure you stay right until 8pm to see the winter sky light up with a spectacular
fireworks show.

Food concessions and limited parking available onsite.

For more information, contact Sophie Best, Prince Arthur’s Landing Programmer, 684-2060 sbest@thunderbay.ca or visit www.thunderbay.ca/events

Activities include:

The first Thunder Bay Snow Sculpture Symposium – Waterfront Plaza (near Pier 2)
– 4 whimsical large-scale snow sculptures created by local artist teams
– General Public can try their hand at snow sculpture carving with Willow Springs Creative Centre, 1pm – 4pm
– Vote for the People’s Choice Award winner, 1pm-7pm
– Award presentation, Green Lawn (coloured lawn chairs), 7pm

Static Family Day Jib Jam – Skateboard Park, 1pm-4pm
– Static Snowboards will be providing a demonstration of how to jib (i.e. snowboard down rails and stairs)
– Prizes, giveaways, and a local DJ to set the atmosphere of a snowboard park

Baggage Building Arts Centre Arts Extravaganza & Coffee House
– Gift Gallery open, 11am – 5pm
– Art Demonstrations, 1pm-3pm
– Make and Take Arts & Crafts, 1pm – 3pm
– Family Story Time, 3pm – 3:30pm
– Coffee House (see Entertainment below), 4pm – 8pm

Dogsledding – Spirit Garden, 1pm – 4pm
– Limited spots available. Registration on the day will be required

Come out n’ Try activities:
– Cross-Country Skiing – Festival Area, 1pm – 4pm
– Skijoring (being pulled over snow on ski’s by a dog)- Festival Area, 1pm – 4pm
– Curling with the Fort William Curling Club – Tai Chi Park, 1pm – 3pm
– Pond Hockey – Tai Chi Park, 3pm – 5pm
– BYO helmet and sticks
– Skating – Skating Rink, open regular hours, 11:30am – 9pm
– BYO skates
– Skating aids available on a first come, first served basis
– Snowshoeing – Pier 2, 1pm – 4pm
– Kicksledding – Waterfront Plaza, 1pm – 4pm
– Guided Snowshoe trek – Pier 2 to Spirit Garden, 4-5pm
– Participants can view the Public Art along the way

Kid’s Activities

– Toboggan Hill – Festival Area
– BYO Toboggan
– Kid’s Arts & Crafts – Baggage Building Arts Centre, 1pm – 3pm
– Story Time – Baggage Building Arts Centre, 3pm-4pm
– Outdoor Kid’s games – Green Lawn (where the coloured chairs are), 1pm – 4pm around the fire pit
– Celebrity Mascot Skate with Wolfie from LU Thunderwolves – Skating Rink, 4pm-5pm
– Street Hockey – Skateboard Park, 5pm – 7pm
– BYO helmet and sticks

Entertainment
– Winter Fireworks at 8pm
– Coffee House – Baggage Building Arts Centre, 4pm – 8pm
-Robin Ranger & Authors – 4pm
-The Mandolin Brothers & Authors – 5pm
-Damon Dowbak & Authors – 6pm
-The Knackers – 7pm
-Fashion show between each performance above
-Dee Marie with Poi in the Park – Green Lawn, 4pm -8pm
-Fire and LED Performance Art every half hour

Roaming entertainment (at a variety of times between 4pm – 8pm)
-A Giggle of Clownz
-Martin Wonderland’s Magic Show
-Thunder Bay Mime Troupe
– LED Hoop Dancing – Green Lawn, 6pm – 8pm

Food & Refreshments
– Bight Restaurant open, 11:30am – 10pm
– Bight Concession Window open, 11:30am – 9pm
– Tastebuds Concession at the Green Lawn, 1pm – 8pm
– Willow Springs Creative Centre inside the Baggage Building Arts Centre, 1pm – 8pm

Parking
– Limited General Parking is available in the Parking Lot via the Pearl Street Entrance
– Accessible Parking available in the Camelot Street Parking Lot ONLY (enter via Marina Overpass)
– No other public parking or access on-site. Sleeping Giant Parkway will be closed from Pearl Street
to the base of the overpass at the Festival Area. Event-goers are encouraged to take transit or park in the Waterfront District and enjoy the short walk down to

Prince Arthur’s Landing.

For more information…
– Visit www.thunderbay.ca/events Email sbest@thunderbay.ca Call 684-2060