Passports to the Past

Do you like History? Do you miss travelling? Well, we have just the right activity for you and your family! Join the Thunder Bay Museum by grabbing your passport and travelling around Thunder Bay to visit and learn about important landmarks around our city! There are 10 different places to visit, a map to follow, and a passport to mark off where you have been. When you are done, go to the Thunder Bay Museum and show your completed passport to receive a small prize!

To download the stickers click here: Passports to the Past Stickers

Join the Thunder Bay Museum as we launch our 2019 Historical Walking Tours. This year, along with the very popular Port Arthur, Fort William, Court Street, and Westfort Tours that ran previously, we will be adding a new tour that will debut later this summer. Learn some fascinating aspects of local history; all you have to do is walk.

The tours are approximately 1.5km and should last about 90 minutes. Be sure to dress appropriately. These tours welcome participants of all ages, but some of the content may not be suitable for small children. Parental discretion is advised.

Admission for the tours is $5 per person. For tickets, dates, and more information call the Museum at 807-623-0801 or view our Facebook page.

Private tours are also available to interested groups.

Transportation. Transition. Prosperity.

The evolution of one of the city’s early neighbourhoods

Why was the location of Westfort preferred as the eastern terminus for the Canadian Pacific Railway? What were the boundaries of the original “Town Plot”? Where was the Lakehead’s first ATM located?

Scandal. Justice. Recovery.

Stories of wealth & tragedy from PA’s early suburb

Who was William Leithenen and how did he meet his tragic fate? Why did the Queen place a naval training centre so far from the ocean? Where did some of Port Arthur’s most well-off residents live?

Rivalry. Community. Mystery.

The “wild west” history of Fort William

Who was Bliss Gordon and why was he hanged? Was Peter McKellar’s dinosaur the ‘real McCoy’? Why was Mag Matthews arrested 23 times but never incarcerated?

Intrigue. Hidden Tales. Lost History.

The stories behind the stories of downtown Port Arthur

Who was Oliver Prevost and why did he die? Why does the second floor of the Prince Arthur Hotel sometimes smell like cigar smoke? How did the Queen’s Hotel meet its untimely end?