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Set-up for North Core Streetscape Patios begins Friday

The set-up for North Core Streetscape Patios begins on Friday, June 11.
Patrio Dining Foundry
Eager diners take advantage on Friday, June 11, 2021 of the opening of outdoor patios at Thunder Bay's The Foundry restaurant. (Leith Dunick,

THUNDER BAY – Starting on Friday, June 11, the City of Thunder Bay in partnership with the Waterfront District BIA, will pilot an extended pedestrian and patio-centric plan in the City’s North Core as part of the ‘Reimagining the North Core Streetscapes’ study.

City staff will be onsite to assist businesses with setting up patios throughout the North Core. Based on public feedback, additional traffic calming installations and crosswalk expansions will also be implemented. Motorists are asked to drive with caution in the area.

“The City is offering businesses the chance to once again expand their outdoor spaces this summer at little to no costs to help mitigate some of the financial impacts businesses have endured during the pandemic,” said Joel DePeuter, Manager of Realty Services. “The Province's recent announcement stated that restaurants and bars may open outdoor dining subject to certain conditions beginning Friday.”

Work on the areas watermains and sewers below the street are at the end of their useful life, and need to be replaced, allowing for redesign to take place. Feedback from this summer’s pilot will help inform the development of the City’s plan to rejuvenate the North Core while replacing necessary infrastructure in the next few years.

To register to expand or create new patios on private property, or to submit an application to create a patio on City land, streets or sidewalks, visit: