The Friends of Chippewa Park

"Bringing Chippewa's Past into the Future"

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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September 1st 2013: Starting today with 16 degrees, with a cloudy sky. Today we have the Rotary House Band playing in the Dance Hall, so why not come out for our last Sunday's in the Park and enjoy some great music! And as always the Beach is open as well as the Animal Exhibit from 11AM-8PM, and the Rides from 1PM-8PM (Weather Permitting).

Thanks to Applause Productions for an awesome concert! Sept. 1st we have the Rotary House Band 2-4pm on the TBayTel Family Stage.






The Chippewa Merry-Go-Round is down for the rest of the summer, and will re-open again next season.

Thumbs up from a Chronical Journal reader on our Jam Sessions and Sunday Concerts:

Thank you to everyone who came out for Fun Day 2013, despite on and off showers we had a great time! We look forward to seeing you all again next year!


Here's a link to Fun Day, as seen in the Chronical Journal:

The Friends of Chippewa Park would like to thank the following Sponsors for their contributions to Chippewa Fun Day.


At Home Senior Care          Bombardier          CAW Union (now UNIFOR)

Chimo          Carol's Cakes          Daytona Restaurant

Historic Fort William           Magic 99.9          105.3 Giant FM          Petrie's Cycle and Sports

Starbucks           Theresa Gilhooly, Avon Rep          The Thunder Bay Border Cats

Tim Hortons  

 Visit to see pictures of this event. 


Chippewa and Sandy Beaches have been approved by the District Health Unit. To find out the status of all Thunder Bay beaches, click here:


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 media release with information about what is happening at the Park. Click here.

Check it out on our  2013 Events Calendar


The Sundays in the Park 2013 Line up Is Complete!

June 16th - Rafiki Children's Choir 

June 23rd - Southern Comfort (Blues)

June 30th - Twisted Canoe (Roots/ Bluegrass)

July 7th - The Razz Jazz Trio 

July 21st - Roy Coran Big Band 

July 28th - The Flame Katz (Classic Rock)

August 4th - Flipper Flanagan 

August 11th - The Model A's (Variety)

August 18th - Jean-Paul de Roover (Post-Pop)

Augut 25th - Applauze Productions (Youth Pop)

September 1st - Brass Northwest (Classical)

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 2014 concert series! 

Highway 61 Revisited...Canadian Style


The Friends of Chippewa Park, with the assistance of the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, will be publishing a special 12 page colour newspaper supplement that will be distributed by the Chronicle Journal to 150,000 homes along the Highway 61 corridor and across Northwestern Ontario, including the City of Thunder Bay. From the twin cities of Duluth-Superior to Thunder Bay every home will receive a copy of this special insert which will focus on what the Canadian start to Highway 61 has to offer. From Mink Mountain and the Eagle Ridge Trout Farm to Fort William Historical Park and Chippewa Park, to the Waterfront District and the Blues Festival the supplement will feature the key attractions and events along the northern starting point of Bob Dylan’s famous Highway 61. Through this special supplement we will be inviting Americans and Canadians to revisit it and all that it has to offer. The supplement will include descriptions of our key attractions and events along with a schedule of events that will indicate there is much to do in Thunder Bay.

Please join us by purchasing an ad in the supplement and help support your business and the community.

Click here to get our rate sheet and order form

For more information contact Iain Angus 807.474.0926  Fax 807.474.0881



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



Thunder Bay is being featured as a webisode on CBC's Cross Country Fun Hunt. Check out the video of Jordan visiting Thunder Bay's Amethyst Mine and Chippewa Park! 

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. 


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The Friends of Chippewa Park office is closed until sometime in June.  If you need to speak with someone regarding the operation of the park please call (807) 625-2351. See you next summer! 

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.



There were many games for all ages to play and a prize for everyone at Chippewa Family Fun Day

The Friends of Chippewa Park is a Not-For-Profit organization, founded in 2002, whose aim is to restore Chippewa Park to its full potential.  TFOCP have raised and invested over $6.3 million to preserve the Park's rich history, renovate & improve the physical grounds & structures, and enhance its natural beauty for all to enjoy.  With a dedicated membership of neighbours, friends, and caring citizens TFOCP work to re-establish Chippewa Park as a destination of choice and a recreational haven.  TFOCP is a very active organization that has made great strides in Chippewa’s restoration and continues to work hard planning for Chippewa’s future.  Their mission statement is "To provide public amenities and to preserve, protect and promote the public park known as Chippewa Park located in and owned by the City of Thunder Bay with the intention that the park reaches its full potential as a public recreation area to the full benefit of the community."


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!