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Northern Studies: Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay Rivers and Man-Made Lakes

This compiled history contains news articles from a variety of primary sources originating in Thunder Bay and its predecessors Port Arthur and Fort William.  The five Thunder Bay rivers that are highlighted include the Current River, McVicar’s Creek, the McIntyre River, the Neebing River, and the Kaministiquia River.

News articles were identified using the Gateway to Northwestern Ontario History index and include articles from the local newspapers Chronicle Journal, Thunder Bay Source, Thunder Bay Post, Port Arthur News Chronicle, Fort William Daily Times Journal, Thunder Bay Business, and The Stirring Giant. Additional resources used include documentation from the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority (LRCA) annual reports and their newsletter Whiskey Jack Reporter.

In addition to the five rivers of Thunder Bay, chapters are also devoted to Boulevard Lake and Lakehead University’s Lake Tamblyn, both of which are man-made lakes. The chapter on Lake Tamblyn includes articles and photos from news sources disseminated by the Lakehead University in addition to some of the sources listed above.  The internal sources include the Annual Report of the President, Lakehead University Argus, Lakehead University LU Week and LU Week2, Lakehead University Agora, and the university Alumni Magazine Journey.

Articles are arranged chronologically from oldest to newest within each chapter.

Every effort was made to capture articles with as much clarity as possible. Images that are dark in nature or slightly less clear are due to the quality of the original microfilm image.

This compilation highlights the important contributions the rivers and lakes have made to life in Thunder Bay. The scope of articles includes economic implications, cultural activities, tourism, sport and recreation, nature and ecosystems, human interest stories, and much more.