The 100-Kilometre Wishlist

What if you took the same principles of the 100-mile diet and applied it to your Christmas shopping list? You could call it the 100-Kilometre Wishlist (trademark pending). With so many local artisans and businesses offering fantastic gift ideas unique to Thunder Bay, you can easily avoid the box stores and the online check-out carts. Say what you will about Christmas and consumerism but if you’re supporting our local economy, everyone wins.

For the 2016 edition of our Buy Local Gift Guide, we’ve taken a new approach and broken it down to price ranges, so whether you’re a bit of a penny-pincher or the philanthropic type, our gift guide has got you covered. And Santa’s elves are not the only ones hard at work: our dedicated team of bibliophiles and audiophiles compiled a list of books by local authors as well as albums by local musicians.

Giving can come in many forms during the holidays, so we’ve also highlighted some of the unsung heroes of our community, including the volunteers from Operation Red Nose, Thunder Bay Shelter House, and Community Clothing Assistance.

Keeping with the season, our music columnist Gord Ellis presents Five Unexpected Christmas Songs, Meghan Jewell previews the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra’s annual Holiday Pops concert, and our film columnist Michael Sobota shares his picks of movies featuring gifts and giving. And to help make the holidays a bit merrier, our sommelier Jeannie Dubois offers some Christmas wine recommendations for the crèche.     

This month we’ve also brought back The Walleye Jr. For kids and by kids, the winter edition features fun stories, trivia, games, and more. The addition of The Walleye Jr. makes this issue (our 78th) a jam-packed xx pages and our biggest to date. As always, we owe our success to the support of our past and present advertisers and our large team of talented and dedicated contributors. And a special thanks to our readers, who support the organizations, businesses, and individuals featured in the magazine.

Happy holidays and best wishes for a wonderful New Year!

CLICK HERE to read the December issue.

-Adrian Lysenko