Saturday, Sept. 8 from 12 noon – 5 pm
Kaministiquia River Heritage Park

Activities for the whole family and Free Admission!

Enter the Park from Syndicate Avenue through the north entrance underpass near Donald Street or the south entrance underpass near Ridgeway Street.

Kam River Reel In Youth Fishing Derby III
12 pm to 4 pm, at the Kam River Heritage Park
Ages 13 & under (must be accompanied by an adult)
Supported by: Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters & The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Tours of the historic James Whalen Tug Boat (tours run 12 pm – 5 pm)
Exploration of a 1960’s era Via Rail Train (tours run 12 pm – 5 pm)
Live entertainment
Face painting and crafts for the kids
Concessions on site

For more information call (807) 625-2487 or toll-free 1-888-336-7386.
Entertainment Schedule

JC Wilkinson
New Country
12 noon – 1 pm

Hillbilly Blues Boutique
Country Blues
1 – 2 pm

Flipper Flanagan’s Flat Footed Four
2 – 3 pm

Captain John and the Polka Pirates
3 – 4 pm

Bruce Hansen and Twisted Canoe
4 – 5 pm

Crafters’ Area

Many local artisans will be featured at Riverfest this year. Download the Call for Artisans application here.

Street Closures

Street closure information for the day will be posted on this site when finalized.
Riverfest History

Riverfest was first held in July 2002. This “Festival of the River” was the brainchild of Paul Morralee who wanted to create an attraction that would highlight the history and potential of Thunder Bay’s Waterfront while drawing visitors to Kam River Heritage Park and the City’s downtown South Core. Mr. Morralee and an enthusiastic group of volunteers embraced the task of reintroducing the Kaministiquia River and showcasing the new Heritage Park. Reacquainting the public with the beauty, history and recreational opportunities the waterfront offers was object of the event.

In 2003 the event expanded to two days. In 2005 the event returned after a one-year absence with volunteers Ray Rivard and Clive Dudley guiding plans. In 2006 the City of Thunder Bay Recreation & Culture Division came on board to take the lead on planning.