The Friends of Chippewa Park

"Bringing Chippewa's Past into the Future"

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.   





The City of Thunder Bay has engaged FOTENN Planning + Design and the Boreal Centre in the creation of a renewed vision for Chippewa Park, one of Thunder Bay’s most treasured landmarks. As part of this work, a comprehensive consultation effort with local First Nations and urban aboriginal groups, key stakeholders, and members of the public will be undertaken to garner beneficial information from all interested parties. This project will guide municipal investment over the short and medium term and establish updated priorities and programming for the park.

Together with your help and understanding, the project outcomes will foster:

  1. Improved terrestrial environments;
  2. Enhanced cultural recognition of our collective heritage;
  3. Usable recreational facilities; and,
  4. Vested public interest in the well being of this community space.

Building off the foundational work completed in the 2000 Chippewa Park Master Plan, this project will evaluate the park’s current programming and infrastructure in order to determine a preferred concept plan for its future use. The project commenced in December 2015 and will continue over the next 6-9 months, with anticipated completion in late summer/fall 2016.


Whether you are discovering the park for the very first time or a regular visitor, we want to hear from you. Our goal for the visioning of Chippewa Park is to engage the community to identify the needs, challenges, opportunities, and to request input on how you would like the future transformation of Chippewa Park to take place.

You may be interested in attending the first Public Open House, which will be held at the City’s Family Day Snow Day festivities.

FOTENN will be there to share information about the Chippewa Park Visioning Exercise and encourage the public and all interested stakeholders to provide input on the key issues and opportunities and the type of programming they would like to see at Chippewa Park.

  • Public Open House #1 – Snow Day Information Booth
  • When: Monday, February 15, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Where: Mariner’s Hall at Prince Arthur's Landing


  • When: Monday, February 15, 2016 from 11 AM to 3:30 PM
  • Where: Chippewa Park Wildlife Exhibit A-Frame

A second Stakeholder Workshop and Public Open House and will also be held at a later stage in the project to present preliminary options for review, based on the feedback from the first stage of public consultations.

We also want to let you know that the City is undertaking a Recreation and Facilities Master Plan in parallel to this project to guide investment in recreational services, programs and facilities over the next 12 to 15 years. The consulting firm Sierra Planning + Management has been retained to lead the development of this Master Plan and as part of this process will seek to determine current needs, issues and priorities for recreation and facility investment in Thunder Bay. Your insight and input will be as important to their work. We will continue to work closely with Sierra over the course of the project to align consultation opportunities with stakeholder groups wherever possible to minimize consultation overload and avoid any inconvenience.

We look forward to working with you throughout this project.


Sheriden Barnett, LLM (ADR)


Boreal Centre

Sarah Millar, RPP

Senior Planner

FOTENN Consultants Inc.

Werner Schwar, OALA

Supervisor, Parks + Open Spaces Section

City of Thunder Bay

A copy of relevant background documents can be located on the City of Thunder Bay’s website at:

Relevant documents include:

  1. Chippewa Park Masterplan, 2000
  2. Chippewa Park Breakwater Study
  3. City of Thunder Bay 2011-2014 Strategic Plan




Join us on February 13, 14 and 15 as the Parks Department once again opens the Wildlife Exhibit to the public. Hours of operation are 11 AM to 3:30 PM.  See the animals in their glorious winter coats.  The Friends of Chippewa Park will once again be offering free coffee and hot chocolate in the A-Frame.




 Stay with us this summer, whether it is in your RV or tent or in one of our new wheelchair accessible log cabins. Click here for more details  



The park offers a number of amusement rides aimed at the young and not so young including the historic Merry-Go-Round.  Animals of Northwestern Ontario are showcased in our Wildlife Exhibit . These animals have all been raised in captivity or have been rescued as abandoned offspring.

On Sundays we feature local musical entertainment as part of our Sundays in the Park Concert Series. The first concert will be held on July 5 and the last on September 6.

Sundays in the Park Schedule

July 5 - Twisted Canoe - Traditional/Bluegrass

July 12 - Razz Jazz Trio - Contemporary Jazz & Pop

July 19 - PH Balance - Jazz

July 26 - James Boaraski Trio - Roots and Contemporary

August 2 - Gravel Road - Blues & Roots

August 9 - Gibson, Martin & I  - Bluegrass

August 16 - JC Wilkinson - Country Blues

August 23 - Flipper Flannigan's Flat Footed Four - Celtic Folk

August 30 - Rebel Spirit - Retro Rock & Roll

September 6 - Southern Comfort   - Roots and Blues


Tuesday Night Jam Sessions

Chippewa Park’s Pavilion Coffee House is alive with music every Tuesday night at 7 PM starting on June 30 and continuing to September 1. Musicians are invited to participate in the ‘open jam’ and the audience is invited to listen, dance and even sing along when appropriate. The evening features a mix of old and new country, folk and some rock & roll and gospel. Existing seating is limited to the first 100 so it would be wise to bring your own chairs. There is no admission but we would welcome a ‘good will’ donation to help cover expenses. Coffee, tea, juice, cakes and cookies are available at no cost. The evening ends at 10 PM. The pavilion and adjacent washrooms are wheelchair accessible. 

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 email



 Live Web cam from Chippewa Park

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 SSpend Spend your summer at Chippewa Park

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


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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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  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!