THUNDER BAY – Children gathered around the campfire, listening to legends of shipwrecks and swapping fishing stories – the scene might conjure images of summertime, but it was all part of the city’s Winter FunDays at the waterfront on Sunday afternoon.
After cancelling last week’s event due to a winter storm, the series picked back up this week with help from Parks Canada. Interpretation Officer Sarah Rauh kept families entertained around the fire with stories from Lake Superior, while a colleague doled out heritage hot chocolate. A recipe dating from the 1700s featuring anise, orange peel, and red pepper provided a window into Canada’s history, even if it didn’t please every kid’s palate.
All of the stories Rauh told came out of the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area, where she works. She says there’s more than enough history there to keep kids and adults alike engaged.
“We’re talking about the fish you might find underneath the water, some shipwrecks you might find and how they got there, the formation of Lake Superior,” she explains. “Just the things that really make this place so unique and special.”
It was also a chance to keep people up to date on winter activities offered by Parks Canada. One highlight is the ice trail they will soon be opening at the Red Rock marina. It will offer visitors the chance to skate on Lake Superior on a 700 metre-long trail, affording gorgeous views across Nipigon Bay. The trail will open as soon as ice conditions allow.
The city’s Winter FunDays run every Sunday afternoon through March 8. A full schedule can be found on the city’s website.