The Friends of Chippewa Park

"Bringing Chippewa's Past into the Future"

Petition in Support of Wildlife Exhibit

The volunteer group, The Friends of Chippewa Park are rallying the public to  show their support for the continued operation and enhancement of the Chippewa Park Wildlife Exhibit through two separate petitions. The campaign has come about because two members of Thunder Bay City Council have publically stated that the Wildlife Exhibit should close and The Friends want to make sure that doesn’t happen.

According to Lorraine Lortie-Krawczuk, President of The Friends of Chippewa Park, the Wildlife Exhibit is an important part of the natural environment of Thunder Bay and area.  “The Wildlife Exhibit is the home to a broad range of animals representative of the natural environment of Northwestern Ontario” said Lortie-Krawczuk, “and at the same time the vast majority of the animals and birds have been born and raised in a zoo setting and the remainder have been ‘rescued’ at a very young age and would not be able to survive in the wild.”

She added, “hundreds of school groups tour through the Wildlife Exhibit each June in order to expand their knowledge of the natural environment. There is nowhere else that they can go to see these animals close up without placing themselves at risk. To close the Wildlife Exhibit is to remove this educational opportunity from our children.”

The $100,000 annual cost of operation of the exhibit is a worthwhile investment of public property tax dollars designed to ensure humane treatment of the animals and birds while at the same time affording residents the opportunity to view them in their natural habitat.

The Friends of Chippewa Park have launched an online petition on their web site, facebook page and via twitter.  The Friends will also be collecting signatures at the Wildlife Exhibit this weekend as it is open for the Family Day Weekend (11:00 AM to 3:30 PM daily) as well as handing out hot chocolate and coffee to the park visitors.

The Friends will make a deputation to Thunder Bay City Council on Wednesday, February 18 during the post budget consultations to make their views known directly to the decision makers. 


Thunder Bay Mayor and City Council: Continue Funding and Operating the Chippewa Park Wildlife Exhibit. Click on the link below to go to the petition.


For Park bookings, hours of operation etc please call the City of Thunder Bay at  (807) 625-CHIP

For information about Sundays in the Park or The Friends of Chippewa Park please call 623-5111

 Live Web cam from Chippewa Park

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Here's a link to Family Fun Day, as seen in the Walleye!


Thanks to all our volunteers! The tree planting project was done by Trees Thunder Bay, Union Gas and The Friends of Chippewa Park, with funds from the Ontario Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund. See pictures at


Chippewa Park & The Friends of Chippewa will be busy this summer. Sundays in the Park Concerts, live theatre with the Rob McLeod's Capital Theatre Melodrama, Tuesday Night Jam Sessions, the Kite Festival, Shelter House Relay, Benny Birch's Birthday Party, and the Bill Beavis Family Fun Day to name a few!  


Check out our  2014 Events Calendar

Summer 2014 Line Up! 

June 22 - Brule Creek 

June 29 - Roy Coran Jazz Big Band

July 6 - Jim n'I

July 13 - Razz Jazz Trio

July 20 - Family Fun Day

July 27 - Brother John

August 3 - Mood Indigo

August 10 - The Model A's

August 17 - Flipper Flanigan

Augut 24 - Mark Potvin Little Swing Band **Please read update below**

August 31 - Gravel Road 


**In order to facilitate the Metis Nation of Ontario Annual Assembly being held at Chippewa Park from the 22nd to 24th  the Sundays in the Park concert has been moved for the weekend of the 24th only to another location in the park. This location is between fields three and four by the beach parking lot. In the event of rain the concert will be canceled**


 Thank you to all our Sundays in the Park applicants! We regret that we don't have room for all of you in our line up and hope to receive all of your applications again next year for our 2015 concert series! 




Mauro announces Ontario Government Supporting Lake Superior Restoration

Ontario is helping The Friends of Chippewa Park protect Lake Superior through a Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund $24,300 grant.

The Friends of Chippewa Park will be using this funding grant to plant trees and expand and enhance the current beach trail. Trees Thunder Bay and Union Gas of Thunder Bay will assist with the project by enlisting over 20 community volunteers and some equipment.

The Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund grants help grassroots community groups, non-profit organizations and First Nations and Métis communities restore the lakes and their tributaries through local actions such as cleaning up shorelines and protecting and restoring wetlands. This will help protect water quality in the Great Lakes.

Protecting and restoring the Great Lakes is part of the Province’s plan to enhance the quality of life for Ontario families and ensure a strong, green economy for future generations.


“I am pleased our government is able to support local volunteers with this grant of $24,300. The Great Lakes are important to all of us for many different reasons, and it is important that we ensure their sustainability for future generations.”

— Bill Mauro MPP, Thunder Bay-Atikokan

The Friends of Chippewa Park appreciates that the Government of Ontario has recognized the opportunity to improve Chippewa Park with these funds. It will allow us to extend the existing trail system to the newly-redeveloped Sandy Beach Park swimming area. The FOCP has now raised and invested over $6.3 million into the park since 2001.”

— Lorraine Lortie-Krawczuk, President, The Friends of Chippewa Park

“Planting new trees is crucial to enhancing Chippewa Park’s value to the environment and to the community. Kudos to The Friends of Chippewa Park for leading this initiative that will see up to 34 large caliper trees added to the Park.”

— Rod Seabrook, President, Trees Thunder Bay


• The Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund provides grants of up to $25,000 to help non-profit groups restore and protect the Great Lakes.

• Over 4,000 species of plants, fish and wildlife live in the Great Lakes Basin ecosystem – it’s one of the most biologically rich regions in Canada.


• Learn about the proposed Great Lakes Strategy.

For more information:

Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan

(807) 623-9237

Don't know how to get there? Click here! 


There's plenty to do this summer out at Chippewa Park! Stay updated on events by regularly checking our website, facebook page, or twitter account! You can also check The Chronicle Journal's "What To Do" section


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 Join    Join us at Chippewa Park again this year for a wide range of public events. 


More kites


Check out some pictures ! 

If you have any pictures of Chippewa Park that you would like to share, please bring them out to the park and we will scan them into our computer and add them to our growing data base on the history of the park.  We want your stories too!

The Gateway to Northwestern Ontario History
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On July 21, Thunder Bay City Council met at Chippewa Park for the first time in the 89 year history of the park.  The meeting was held to coincide with National Aboriginal Day which was celebrated for the first time at Chippewa Park. City Council adopted a Statement of Commitment to the urban Aboriginal people.


On July 21, 2010Thunder Bay City Council met at Chippewa Park for the first time in the 89 year history of the park.  The meeting was held to coincide with National Aboriginal Day which was celebrated for the first time at Chippewa Park. City Council adopted a Statement of Commitment to the urban Aboriginal people.



Chippewa Park has been a favorite with city residents and visitors since it opened in 1921.  Located on along the beautiful coast of Lake Superior, Chippewa holds  an amazing view of the Sleeping Giant, this is your destination for family fun, scenic beauty and relaxation.  With so much to see and do Chippewa is your perfect summer getaway.  

Click on the links on the side to see all that Chippewa has to offer, or telephone the Chippewa Hotline at 807-625-CHIP or call Toll Free at 888-711-5094.  Above is a live action look at the water at Chippewa Park and Pictures and Details of events here at Chippewa Park!