LIFESTYLE & RECREATION


The City’s Community Services Department, through its four leisure service Divisions plays
many important roles in the lives of the citizens of Thunder Bay. The Department is a major
contributor to, and supporter of, the development and maintenance of recreation and park
services, programs and facilities, for city residents and visitors. Through the effective delivery of
these services, the Department adds significantly to the quality of life in Thunder Bay.

Recreation and parks services are based on values and beliefs which reflect local and broad
based perspectives on the role of recreation and leisure in the life of the community. These
    • The availability of a wide range of leisure and recreation opportunities
    • The accessibility of recreation lands, facilities, programs and services
    • The quality of leisure and recreation opportunities
    • The conservation, preservation and beautification of the Thunder Bay environment

To effectively deliver services reflecting these values and beliefs, the Community Services
Department is committed to communicate and cooperate with community service agencies,
organizations, volunteer associations, institutions and businesses with responsibilities for
recreation services, programs and facilities.

The planning, design, development, operation, maintenance and evaluation of park facilities are
the responsibility of the Parks Division, There are over 150 parks located throughout Thunder
Bay, with a total area of approximately 4,000 acres, of which 1,600 acres are intensively

The Parks Division performs a variety of services in providing high quality sites for community
recreation and leisure. These services include:
    • City beautification
    • Flower planting and maintenance
    • Community development and site planning
    • The provision of ball diamonds, soccer fields, winter rinks and other related services
    • Development and maintenance of cross-country ski trails and recreation trails
    • The provision and maintenance of playground equipment
    • Support for organized volunteer administered recreation activities such as the lining and
        maintenance of fields

The two Regional Parks, Chippewa and Centennial-Trowbridge Falls, are large parks which
serve multiple functions and provide for many diverse activities including camping, picnicking,
hiking, nature study and unorganized sports.

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Chippewa Park
Chippewa Park has been a favourite with city residents and visitors since it opened in 1921. It is
set on the shore of Lake Superior and stretches over 270 acres of open space, campground, and
wilderness. The park contains the Chippewa Wildlife Park featuring animals native to
Northwestern Ontario, large recreation fields with ball diamonds and space for large and small
picnics, a beach for waterfront activities, and the only permanent amusement park in
Northwestern Ontario. The campground has a total of 150 sites and 18 rustic cabins for rent.

Centennial-Trowbridge Park
Centennial-Trowbridge Park covers a total area of 1,900 acres and offers a wide variety of
activities including a 145 site campground, hiking, cross-country skiing and mountain biking
trails, horse-drawn sleigh rides and a working farm. It also features a replica 1910 Logging
Camp and museum with photos and artifacts chronicling the area’s logging history. The
“Muskeg Express” train ride is an actual operating narrow gauge railway once used by the
Newaygo Timber Company in their bush operations.

The District Parks and Playfields in the city provide specialized sports or recreation functions.
District Parks include Boulevard Lake, Chapples Memorial Recreation Centre, George Burke
Park and Marina Park. The Westfort, Northwood and Current River Playfields are home to most
of the organized baseball, soccer and football leagues in the City.

Boulevard Lake Park
Boulevard Lake Park is located in the north end of Thunder Bay. It provides aquatic experiences
ranging from swimming to sailing and canoeing as well as other recreational opportunities
through its 182 acres. The park features concessions, change areas and a supervised beach as
well as miniature golf and tennis. Approximately 5 km of paved recreation trails circle the lake
providing an excellent location for in-line skating, cycling, walking and running.

Chapples Memorial Recreation Centre
Chapples is a multi-purpose recreational area that provides both passive and active recreational
opportunities. Throughout the 340 acres of parkland, tennis, baseball, golf, soccer and stadium
events are available. The International Friendship Gardens located in the park, features floral and
sculptured gardens representing eighteen ethnic communities living in the city.

George Burke Park
George Burke Park combines a developed baseball park with approximately 100 acres of
parkland reserve in a primarily natural state along the McIntyre River. The park is close to
Lakehead University and is used extensively by the Forestry and Outdoor Recreation, Parks and
Tourism programs for research and other activities.

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Marina Park
Thunder Bay’s most popular park complex is located on 34 acres of the City’s northside
waterfront. The park features a summer art gallery, Prince Arthur’s Landing Marina and a
historic railroad station containing a number of private retail operations. The Community
Recreation Division programs special events such as the Kite Festival in the park throughout the
summer and it is the new home of the annual Canada Day festivities. In 1997 the city’s
Naval Veterans commemorated a new monument, “The Anchorage”, honouring the sailors of the
Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Merchant Navy who served their country in the Second
World War. Residents and tourists gather here to enjoy the picturesque view of the legendary
Sleeping Giant surrounded by the cool beauty of Lake Superior.

The Parks Division has developed and maintains many small parks to provide neighbourhood
recreation opportunities. These include over 40 Neighbourhood Parks averaging 5.6 acres in size
and 51 smaller Parkettes.
There are also many other parks and facilities in Thunder Bay which serve special functions.
Historic Parks include Waverley Park, one of the oldest in Ontario, McGillivray Square, the site
of Fort William’s original Town Hall, the front lawn of City Hall and Connaught Square named
to honour Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught. The Sunken Gardens at Hillcrest Park, the
International Friendship Gardens and Paterson Park are sites of annual floral displays.

The Conservatory was constructed in 1967 as a Centennial project of the City of Fort William to
be left as a legacy to the Community. The central and largest room in the Conservatory is the
tropical house. The east wing is used for seasonal floral shows and the west wing contains a
permanent display of plants native to arid regions. This area comprises a total of 11,378 square
feet of viewing space. There are also four growing-houses totaling 9,000 square feet behind the
main structure at the Conservatory where the staff grow 125,000 seedlings and plants for
landscaping and floral decoration in city parks each year.

The Parks Division provides a range of burial services for the community and is responsible for
the perpetual maintenance of 37,000 grave sites on 85 acres of property at Mountainview and St.
Patrick Cemeteries. Staff provide an average of 400 burials per year, cut grass, care for older
graves and provide year round access, information and assistance to the general public.

The Parks Division is also responsible for the development, scheduling, and maintenance of a
number of other recreation facilities. These include the Neighbourhood Playfield Sites which
augment organized sports activities (North End, Balsam, West End, Northwood Park and St.
Martin’s). The Division also provides and maintains the 40 boarded and 39 unboarded winter
rinks, 65 baseball diamonds, 4 minor league football fields, 27 soccer fields at 10 sites, 11
basketball courts and 32 tennis courts at 13 sites enjoyed by citizens of all ages. In addition 29

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parks contain large children’s playground structures with some provision of other children’s play
equipment located at 66 different park locations.

The Parks Division provides opportunities at neighbourhood, ward, and City-wide levels for
community input into development decisions relating to recreation facilities, parks or the
delivery of Departmental programs and services. These opportunities may be in the form of
resident surveys or questionnaires handed out at facilities or they could involve working with a
neighbourhood park development committee. Citizen groups are given assistance to ensure that
orderly and proper development takes place within the financial resources of the City. Recent
developments with significant community input include the John Jumbo Playfield Master Plan
and Picton Park.

The Facility Enterprise and Administration Division is organized into five key areas:
    • Administrative Services
    • Arenas and Stadia
    • Fort William Gardens
    • Golf Course Operations
    • Prince Arthur’s Landing Marina

With the reorganization of the former Parks and Recreation Department and the Canada
Games Complex in 1993, Administrative Services was incorporated within the new Facility
Enterprise and Administration Division of the Community Services Department.
The primary function of this section is to provide administrative and systems support to the
following operational Divisions of the Department: Parks, Community Recreation, Aquatics and
Fitness, as well as Facility Enterprise and Administration. This includes such things as payroll,
accounts payable/receivable plus monitoring Capital and Operating Budget expenditures. In
addition, this section provides lease negotiation and administration for leases with the private
sector in such areas as food concessions and facility rentals (i.e. C.N. Station).

The Arenas and Stadia Section administers the maintenance, development, and scheduling of
five satellite arenas (Delaney, Port Arthur, Neebing, Grandview and Current River), and two
stadia (Legion Sports Complex and Port Arthur Stadium).

Satellite Arenas
Thunder Bay’s five satellite arenas are accessible to the community on a 12 month basis. Over
46,000 participants use the indoor arenas annually. During the winter season which runs from
October to April, the satellite arenas are scheduled for traditional sporting activities such as
hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating. During this time, approximately 19,000 hours
of ice time are made available to user groups for their programming. From April to late
September, a variety of activities are held in the satellite arenas. Current River and Port Arthur

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Arena are equipped to operate with ice for a 12 month period and therefore are able to host
activities such as figure skating and hockey schools year round. A portable swimming pool is
erected in Neebing Arena for use during July and August.

Examples of community activities scheduled for the summer months at Grandview and
Delaney Arenas include skateboard training camps, gymnastics, roller skating, roller blade
hockey plus sport and soccer camps.

The stadium and track facility at the Legion Sports Complex (Fort William Stadium) is made
available for use to many individuals and groups. Activities include soccer, football, track and
field, sports camp and special events related to these sports. A 400 meter all weather track and
field facility was constructed within the Complex as part of the development of the site for the
1981 Canada Summer Games with available seating for approximately 1,500 spectators.

Port Arthur Stadium
The stadium is used as a baseball field for senior and junior baseball leagues. Approximately $1
million in improvements have been made to the facility. Improvements include: new field
lighting, a total field rebuild complete with drainage, upgraded spectator seating, new public
washrooms, one new food concession and a new pressbox. The Stadium will seat close to 6,000

Fort William Gardens
In 1994, the Fort William Gardens, which is a multi-purpose arena facility, underwent a major
$5 million retrofit to address structural problems and life safety issues. The improvements made
include such things as a new structural steel roof, additional public washroom space, renovated
dressing rooms, wider aisles and exit ways, new spectator seating, upgraded fire suppression
systems plus a new HVAC system. These improvements will enhance all aspects of the facility
and extend its useful life for twenty years or more. This facility has an occupant load of
approximately 3,600 to 4,000 depending on the function being held. During the months of
October to April the facility is primarily used for ice related events such as hockey and figure
skating. The major tenants are the Thunder Bay Thunder Cats professional hockey team,
Thunder Bay Flyers junior hockey team and the Fort William Figure Skating Club. Major events
such as the Skate Canada Figure Skating Championship and the Scott Tournament of Hearts
National Women’s Curling Championship have been held in this building.

During the summer non-ice season, operations are concentrated on activities such as the circus,
trade shows, major conventions, Folklore Festival and events related to the performing arts such
as music concerts.

The City of Thunder Bay operates three golf courses for the enjoyment of community residents
and visitors. Two of the courses have 18 holes while the third has 9 holes. It is estimated that

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each year, approximately 105,000 rounds of golf are played on these courses. Golf season
generally operates from May until mid-October, weather permitting.

Chapples Memorial Golf Course
Chapples golf course is located in the central portion of the City and takes up the majority of
Chapples Park with its 18 holes. The club offers a full service concession, lockers, club storage,
shower rooms, power cart rentals and a driving range. Also available is a selection of golf

Strathcona Golf Course
This course is located in the Current River area just off Hodder Avenue in the northern part of
Thunder Bay. This is an 18 hole public course with a full service concession, lockers, club
storage, showers, power cart rentals and a merchandise sales shop.

Municipal Golf Course
Municipal Golf Course is located off Highway 11/17, south on Twin City Crossroads outside of
the City boundaries. This picturesque 9 hole public course offers a full service concession,
lockers, club storage, power cart rentals and a merchandise sales shop.

The City of Thunder Bay operates a marina in beautiful Marina Park on the shores of Lake
Superior adjacent to the north core of the city. The Marina has a capacity of 226 berths and is
open from mid May to mid October to meet the boating needs of local residents and visitors to
the City. Services available include wet docking, moorings, dryland storage, water and electrical
service to the docking areas and a launch ramp. For the convenience and enjoyment of
customers, the Prince Arthur’s Landing Marina also offers washrooms, laundry and shower
facilities, a visitor information centre, pump out service, and fuel sales for gasoline and diesel
fuel. Security is available on site twenty-four hours per day during the operating season.

The Community Recreation Division provides accessible, entry-level programs and services in
the areas of older adults, children and teens, integration services, community recreation
programs, event management, arts and heritage, and community centres. These basic services
provide opportunities everyone can access and benefits which are far reaching and long term for
the individual and the community. Services address key community issues and concerns, for
example, the need to:
    • Create positive alternatives for youth and increase youth participation in active healthy
    • Promote the health, well-being, and independence of older adults and people with
    • Strengthen community identity and develop a sense of place and pride
    • Provide positive role models and develop community leadership
    • Provide opportunities for family participation in recreation

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Each year, the Division provides a range of opportunities to meet its objectives.
Programs and services include:

Summer Playgrounds, Day Camps, Youth Neighbourhood Recreation, Teens
Programmes and Supersports are provided for children and teens. As well, the Division
provides services to assist children’s participation in recreation activities. Services include:
Integration Services - program and resource support for children with disabilities and
P.R.O. Kids (Positive Recreation Opportunities for Kids) - programme registration assistance
for children who, for financial reasons, are unable to participate in recreation.

Integration Services ensures the availability and accessibility of recreation opportunities for
children and adults with disabilities and creates an environment which encourages people with a
disability to be involved in community recreation.
Two facilities for older adults, the Thunder Bay 55+ Centre and the Herb Carroll Centre provide
recreation programs and wellness-related services including Telephone Assurance and Friendly
Visiting Programs.

The Division supports 16 neighbourhood community centres and community events and festivals
such as the Canada Day celebration, Northern Lights Winter Carnival, Children’s Festival, and
Teddy Bear’s Picnic, and administers the City’s Event Hosting Strategy.

Most of these opportunities and programs are made available by utilizing volunteers, seeking
corporate support, supporting community initiatives, and developing partnerships.

The value of recreation and its importance to our community is demonstrated by the commitment
of the volunteers who contribute to the operation of the Division’s facilities and programs. The
Division’s volunteer recruitment and training program plays an integral role in delivering
recreation services to the community.
The Division directly recruits 2,000 volunteers who participate in the planning and delivery of
programs, events, and festivals. The Division also supports the efforts of 16 neighbourhood
community centre associations. These associations recruit 1,600 volunteers who assist in
community centre maintenance, facility operations, fundraising, and the delivery of sport,
recreation, and arts programming.
Each year volunteers work more than 250,000 hours to provide opportunities in art, sport,
fitness, social and special events, and recreation programs and services. They are active in 16
community centres, city-wide special events and festivals, two older adult centres, senior
outreach services, and the arts and heritage community.

The Division actively seeks private sector support for events and programs. This support ranges
from donations and sponsorships to direct involvement in the planning of events.

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Attractions and community programs such as Summer in the Parks, Kite Festival, Teens, and
Teddy Bears’ Picnic have benefited greatly as a result of increased private sector involvement.
In recent years, Corporations have sponsored events such as Thunder Bay Children’s Festival,
Canada Day, Summer in the Parks concerts, and Harbourfest Basketball Tournament.

The community often looks to the Division for support and leadership in developing and
planning their programs and services. The Division recently co-ordinated an anti violence, anti-
vandalism project for teens called the “Team for a Safer Community” with the assistance of
Youth Services Canada; provided volunteer and resource support for CONNECTORS, a
volunteer-driven recreational and social programme for adults with a disability; and provided
organizational and volunteer support for Arts Alive, an initiative of the Thunder Bay Regional
Arts Council.

In addition, the Division works with groups and organizations to encourage self-sufficiency,
innovation, and accountability. These objectives are accomplished by providing staff expertise to
bring people together to solve problems, establish common goals, and develop resources for
community use. Resources include: financial management tools and training workshops for non-
profit groups; board and organizational development training sessions and materials; and
information related to physical accessibility, facility management, health and safety issues, and
alcohol management.

Partnerships have resulted in the delivery of programs and services such as Soccer for
Kids, a sport program for children with a disability; the Older Adult’s Centre Business
“Spotlight”, a fundraising initiative; and the Northwood Arts Program offered in conjunction
with Magnus Theatre which provided a teen theatre project. The Division also works with
community groups and sponsors to develop events such as International Friendship Days,
Children’s Festival, and the Community Centre Fun Run.

The Ontario Works Division is responsible for the administration of all Social Services Programs
falling under the jurisdiction of the Municipal Council. Services offered, while they are the
responsibility of the Municipal Council, are also governed by applicable provincial legislation.
The present philosophy of the division as approved by City Council is to provide a variety of
services which are designed not only to provide financial assistance to those persons who are
unable to provide for themselves, but also to provide supportive and rehabilitative services to
citizens of the community who for a variety of reasons, require financial, counseling or other
related services.
In most programs offered by the division, a needs testing system is employed to determine
eligibility for service. The determination of eligibility is complex and requires thorough
knowledge of provincial legislation in order to properly determine services for which citizens
may be eligible.

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The primary functions of staff in this unit are to deliver the Ontario Works Program. Ontario
Works is recognized as a program of last resort and intended for short periods. The provision of
financial assistance to those in need is a mandatory provision of service in any organized
municipality. The workload in this unit is dedicated to the provision of Ontario Works Program
which is an amalgamation of the General Welfare Program and the Family Benefits Program. In
the Ontario Works environment, Employment Services and Income Maintenance will function as
one unit.

The Ontario Works model expands the number of counselors to include some located at
Resource Center in Victoriaville Mall. Services at the Resource Centre will be fully utilized and
clients will have access to computers, faxes, job banks, etc. Job-readiness workshops will be run
out of this site.

From a client-servicing perspective, the Ontario Works model places more emphasis on client
involvement in structural activities and various workshops to improve employability.

Staff members work closely with clients to help them achieve independence of social assistance.
 Community and divisional resources are utilized in programs of support services, adult
education, employment assessments, training programs, basic job readiness, life skills, work
placements, employment and education counseling.

An integral service of the unit is the parental support workers who assist clients in obtaining
support for dependent children and ensuring enforcement of support orders and agreements
through the Family Court.

The Eligibility Review unit investigates allegations of misrepresentation. Where sufficient
evidence is obtained to prove that the recipient was knowingly obtaining funds to which they
were not entitled.

Discretionary Benefits
Discretionary benefits may be available to individuals from both the Ontario Works Program and
the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and they are partially funded through the
municipality. Provision is usually for needs not provided by the Ontario Works and Ontario
Disability Programs such as prescribed drugs, optical services, dental services, travel allowance,
prosthetic appliance and funeral costs. There are eligibility criteria and Municipal Guidelines to
determine eligibility for each case. The cost sharing for the municipality varies from 50% to 80%
depending on the type available of income the applicant has.

Hostel Services
Under the provision of the Ontario Works Act, the municipality is mandated to fund hostel
services on a per diem basis. Purchase of service agreements have been negotiated with two not

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for profit agencies. These are the Salvation Army for Haven House and the Booth Center and
Shelter House.

Support Services
The Support Services Unit is comprised of three main sections: services to the aged and
disabled; Crisis Housing; and central office support.

Services to the Aged
Services to the elderly and disabled include: homemakers’ assessments for long term care,
applications for admission to Homes for the Aged, Home Support, Counseling and information.
The Home Support Program provides a variety of alternative types of support in an effort to keep
citizens in their residence. Homemaking services are provided where there is a need related to
illness, crisis situation or respite care.
Through purchase of services agreements from homemaker agencies we provide home care
assistance as medically required.

Community Residence
Accommodation is available for sole support parent females who find themselves in crisis living
situations, homeless and destitute. Counseling and other support services are offered to assist
families towards reconciliation or to establish themselves in the community.

Central Office Support
This section ensures that in the delivery of Social Services, efficient and effective measures are
maintained relative to accounting methods, information services, cost control statistics, research,
budgeting and long range planning.

The telephone communication system handles one of the highest volume of calls per day within
the corporation. The provincial computer system gives us the capacity to provide accurate
information relative to subsidy claims, management reports, cheque issuance, etc.
Personnel records are maintained on all staff relative to evaluations, absenteeism, vacations, etc.
Form control, equipment purchases and building maintenance are also under this section.

Programs under the jurisdiction of Children's Services are designed to provide for the health and
safety of children entrusted to their care and to promote total development of the children
mentally, physically, emotionally and socially. The goal is reached through a carefully planned
program of indoor and outdoor activities. The cost for users of child care services is geared to
income. Those persons applying and requiring assistance with the fee are assessed as to their
ability to pay as determined by current policies based on available income.

Services are available through the four day care centres which are located throughout the
municipality. The four centres have a total capacity of 236 full day care spaces.

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Private Home
Supervised Private Home Day Care has been developed to meet the demand for child care
services, particularly children from 6 weeks to 1 1/2 years, or toddlers. The criteria for the
selection of providers, and the varying needs of both parents and children is the responsibility of
staff in the unit. Capacity ranges from 50 to 75 homes.

Purchase of Service Agreements
Purchase of Service Agreements are negotiated with independent centres in the municipality
allowing clients greater choice in the placement of children. When an agreement is negotiated
our staff are responsible for the completion of financial documentation. The municipality's
primary responsibility is related to the administrative aspects of the program.

Informal Child Care
The program is funded through the Employment Services Unit and administered through
Children Services to provide consistency in child care servicing. The program is offered within
or outside the client's home. The care given and arrangements are made by the client.

The Homes' has a vision of itself as a provider of quality services to the community's seniors in
both its' long term care facilities and in the community.
As part of the long term care system, the Thunder Bay Homes have a long history of providing
quality services to seniors. Operations are directed by the municipality but are also governed by
provincial legislation and standards that embody the recent policy redirection of this care system
by the Province. The focus of this redirection includes:
    • A resident centered service;
    • An emphasis on community-based services;
    • An equalization of financial resources between private nursing homes and Homes for the
    • A new classification system that attempts to quantify service needs of residents and then
        match them to available resources;
    • More involvement by the province in setting and monitoring standards for operations;
    • Additional nursing procedures within the Homes

The Thunder Bay Homes encompass 450 beds in 3 separate facilities namely, Dawson Court,
Grandview Lodge and the recently opened Pioneer Ridge. At that time, the 2 existing Homes
downsized to 150 beds to provide more private and semi-private rooms and together strive to be
a family of excellent facilities. Both of the older Homes have recently undergone fire safety
retrofit to meet the new code requirements. They also provide two community-based services: 1)
A Meals on Wheels program serving hot, nutritious noon hour lunches to recipients with the
support of over 200 volunteers and the Jasper Place Support Program. This latter program
provides non nursing support to the residents in the 100 unit apartment building adjacent to
Pioneer Ridge and is a cost-effective alternative to institutional living. The average age of our

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residents has increased to about 85 years. The challenges of an increasingly frail resident
population places significant demands on the interdisciplinary care team. Within each Home,
residents are grouped into units that range from about 40-50 persons and these become the center
for service delivery. Special care units to residents with cognitive impairments are now located
in 2 units at Pioneer Ridge. The excellence of care depends on staff, volunteers and involvement
by family and friends. Services in the Homes are intended to treat each person as an individual
and include:
    • Nursing
    • Recreational
    • Dietary
    • Rehabilitation
    • Housekeeping
    • Spiritual & emotional support
    • Pharmacy

The future holds the prospect for continuing change in the recent move to a 3 Home system and
the many impacts from the Provincial redirection of long term care. With reduced human
resources, the Homes will be challenged to maintain the same level of service and comfort.
We the Aquatics and Fitness Division, offer all citizens of Thunder Bay and region, the
opportunity to participate in a variety of social, recreational, competitive, instructional and
therapeutic activities, we operate unique, multipurpose, community facilities in a safe and
enjoyable environment.
The Aquatics and Fitness Division is committed to providing quality leadership and excellent
customer service in an innovative and cost efficient manner.

The Canada Games Complex was constructed to host the aquatic events of swimming, diving
and water polo during the 1981 Canada Summer Games. It is unique among swimming facilities:
the 77 metre pool is one of the largest indoor single bodies of water in North America.

The Complex is more than an aquatics facility - it is a total fitness and recreation center
providing access through memberships, pay-as-you-go and fitness and aquatic programs for all
ages. It is the primary provider of aquatic and fitness activities in the community with the added
potential of hosting national and international aquatic competitions.


• Pool
The 77-metre pool is divided by two bulkheads thus accommodating three sections for
recreational fun and games, lane swimming and diving activities. The water depth ranges from
.83 metres to 4.94 metres. This allows all ages to use the pool.

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• Whirlpool
The whirlpool is a favourite place to relax in warm water while the hydrotherapy water jets
create a spa-like feeling.

• Pool Decks
The pool decks are exceptionally wide to accommodate badminton, table tennis, children’s play
equipment, exercise equipment, vending machines, video games , social area and our Birthday
Party Places.

• Diving
Our diving tower has three platforms: 5 metre, 7.5 metre and 10 metre, plus 2x3 metre and 2x1
metre springboards.

• Thunderslide
And then there is Thunderslide - 73 metres of fun and excitement. It starts with amazing speed
from the 10 metre tower and travels a figure ‘8’ emptying with a tremendous splash into the
pool. Riders can be seen through the translucent fibreglass material thus providing a spectacle
for all onlookers.

• Jogging Track
A 280 metre mondo rubber jogging track on the second level overlooks the pool.

• Multi-Training Areas (MTA)
There are 3 Multi-Training Areas throughout the facility. Exercise stations include Stairmasters,
Windracer Bicycles, Rowing Ergometres, Manual Bicycles, Treadmills, Nordic Track,
Recumbent Exercise Bike, Treadwall Climbing, Hand Ergometre, Universal Gym and ACCESS
integrated upper body conditioning equipment. MTA # 1 is also equipped for television viewing
while you exercise.

• Weight Room
Cybex Weight Training equipment stocks the 2,400 sq. ft. Weight room. Free weights
supplement the cable driven weights.

• Squash Courts
There are four international sized squash courts, one with a glass backdrop. It backs onto the
court lounge allowing a relaxed viewing area.

• Fitness Testing Area
The CGC fitness testing lab is accredited through the Ontario Association of Sports and

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Exercise Science meeting the required standards and staffing guidelines.

• Multi-Purpose Rooms (MPR)
Instructor led Fitness Programs are offered in on our 2500 square feet MPR #1 with the all
purpose pulastic flooring and the 900 sq. ft. MPR #2 with the wood cushioned floor.

• Child Care Room
The facility is fully equipped with sink, refrigerator and washroom to provide baby-sitting
services for infants to pre-schoolers during selected programs and specific times of the day.

• Men’s and Women’s Locker Rooms
Showers, lockers and the use of the sauna and whirlpool are available in men’s and women’s
change rooms. Also on pool deck is our special population change facilities to accommodate
families and people with disabilities.

The full service Robin’s Donuts and Deli restaurant is located off the main lobby. Snack food
vending is also a available in the lobby.

The Making Waves Pro-Shop located in the lobby offers a full array of aquatic and fitness
clothing and paraphernalia.

List of Accessibility Features available at the Complex
• 9 designated parking spaces marked with bright, blue paint, wide enough to accommodate lift
   equipped vehicles.
• Curb cuts located at drop off areas.
• North side entrance offers automatic door via a push button.
• Wheelchair accessible washroom facilities and exercise equipment.
• Other accommodations include walking bars for equipment use and a pool chair lift, as well
   as designated swim times and lanes for people with disabilities.
• Accessible telephones and a smoke-free Robin’s Donuts in the lobby.

The Community Aquatics Section provides neighbourhood based swimming opportunities at 2
indoor pools and 5 seasonal outdoor facilities. Red Cross ‘Learn to Swim’ programs are in high
demand at all facilities along with specialty courses such as Small Craft Safety Survival.
The seasonal pools operate between June 29th and August 31st focusing on recreational
swimming at no cost to the users.

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Sir Winston Churchill Pool
The Churchill Pool operates for 49 weeks in total. The Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions include
a large variety of learn to swim opportunities for the community and recreational swimming on
weekends. The summer session is recreational swimming orientated. The pool is a standard
rectangular pool, 25 metres long and five lanes wide. The attraction for this facility is the
teaching pool that is warmer and separate from the big pool. This is ideal for teaching very
young children.
Churchill Pool is governed by a cost sharing agreement (By-Law 139-73) of revenues and
maintenance expenses with the Lakehead Board of Education.

Volunteer Pool
Volunteer Pool is open a total of 51 weeks. The primary focus at this facility is adult recreational
swimming on a daily basis and a growing instructional program for the community. The pool is
a standard rectangular pool, 25 meters long and six lanes wide. The other amenities are the
whirlpool, donated by the Volunteer Pool Recreation Association, the saunas and the viewing
Hours of Operation
Art Widnall Pool
Art Widnall swimming pool is a summer operation that is well utilized. The facility has a L-
shaped pool and a wading pool all within a grassed and treed enclosure. The facility is heated
and has large modern change rooms.

Neebing Pool
This pool is like a large backyard pool set up inside the Neebing Memorial Gardens arena. The
pool is a constant depth of 1.1 metres. The facility is supported by the neighbourhood which
provides the labour for pool set up and take down. The pool is heated and uses the existing
hockey change rooms.

Heath Park Pool
Heath Park pool is a success story. As a result of the Aquatics Feasibility Study (1990), a heater
was installed along with other extensive renovations to restore it to good working order.

Dease Pool
This pool is the oldest outdoor facility in Thunder Bay.

                                                           LIFESTYLE & RECREATION

Boulevard Lake Waterfront
This beach front operation is guarded during the months of July and August with canoe and
paddle boat rental available.

The Aquatics and Fitness Division offers excellent facilities
to be enjoyed by all. It is our knowledgeable , qualified, customer driven and enthusiastic
staff that results in a rewarding user experience.


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