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Thunder Bay's Centennial Botanical conservatory opens its doors to the public

Thunder Bay’s Centennial Botanical Conservatory opened its doors again Wednesday to allow the public to once again enjoy the beautiful plants and other features available.

THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay’s Centennial Botanical Conservatory opened its doors again Wednesday to allow the public to enjoy the beautiful plants and other features available.

“This is so needed in the community, people have been calling and wanting to come here constantly,” says Karen Nadeau, lead hand curator for the Thunder Bay Conservatory. “They go outside, however they need to come in and just relax, and it’s their home away from home.”

While the temporary closure of the conservatory was a blow to the morale of the community, it did allow conservatory staff to focus more effort on the outdoor features around Thunder Bay, such as the culling of invasive species and planting in low impact development areas. The Conservatory staff has also been able to add the care of the marina to their plate of responsibilities.

The Conservatory is now open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., seven days a week. There is no fee for admission but donations are greatly appreciated and are accepted at the entrance of the conservatory. Visitors must observe posted physical distancing requirements.