The 5th Annual Thunder Bay Science Festival was a great success! Many thanks to all who joined us to celebrate science and Ontario’s 150th in Thunder Bay and participated in the many great activities throughout the week!

We would especially like to thank all of our sponsors for their valuable contributions in helping us make this event a success, and a very special thank you to Ontario 150.

We would also like to especially thank all of the volunteers, exhibitors and supporters of the festival who worked very hard to help create an energetic, fact-filled, fun -filled week of science events filled with hands- on learning, exploring and discovery.

Check out this fun video for a sneak peak!

Thank You Thunder Bay and see you in 2018 for our 6th annual
Thunder Bay Science Festival!
February 19 - 24th 2018

Join Science North for Snowday at Prince Arthur’s Landing at Marina Park. We’ll also have some outdoor winter science on the go, with snow volcanoes, insulation investigations and a make your own hand warmer station.

Date: Monday February 20, 2017

Location: Marina Park from 12pm - 5pm

Cost: FREE

Science Cafes are a regular conversation series, aiming to break down the barriers between academia and the general public. Science Cafes democratize science, taking it out of the domain of the expert and allowing everyone to voice an opinion. It pulls science away from its usual habitats of the classroom and the laboratory, and into cafes, bars, and restaurants, even theatres, demystifying new developments and opening them up for public debate. Join the Science North staff and various members of the local community in this regular event, to listen, learn and share.

Farm Fresh: Northern Agriculture and Food Systems

Thunder Bay's economy has been largely based on resource extraction. As it is shifting, where does agriculture fit in? What new advances and practical solutions have farmers adopted for our short growing season? What local and sustainable food systems are already in place, and where is the region headed?


Brendan Grant, Sleepy G Farms
Julie Rosenthal, Ph.D., Formerly of Lakehead University, Aspen Croft Heritage Farm
Catherine Schwartz Mendez, Thunder Bay Food Action Network
Peggy Brekveld, Woodstar Farm and Ontario Federation of Agriculture

Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Location: The Study Lakehead University at 7 pm

Cost: FREE

Mysteries of the Great Lakes film screening and special guest speaker

The film Mysteries of the Great Lakes highlights the need for preservation and conservation, and showcases the amazing geography, ecology, science and history of one of the largest freshwater resources in the world.

Guest Speaker: Franco Mariotti

Franco has been employed at Science North for over 32 years and is passionate about communicating the wonders of the natural world. To Franco, the most important stories are those of people dedicated to saving and restoring endangered species that depend upon the lakes. Franco's presentation will explore what fascinating things scientists have learned about the Fowlers' Toad of Lake Erie and the Pitcher Thistle plant of Lake Huron/Lake Superior, why they are endangered, and what is being done to restore them.

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017

Location: Silvercity Thunder Bay at 7 pm

Cost: FREE

A regular event where nerds and those who love them get together to drink beer and give 20-ish-minute presentations to other nerds on subjects that are ostensibly of great interest to nerds. Past topics include the chemistry of coffee, meat-eating plants, how drug use affects the musical brain, and bike-nomics. It's like the Discovery Channel, with beer.

Toronto Nerd Nite takes over Thunder Bay! Special guest nerds Virve Aljas and Lauren Shorser are the nerd bosses of Toronto Nerd Nite. To help celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Thunder Bay Science Festival they are coming north to show us how it's done!

Heritage Minutes, Ontario-style - By Virve Aljas

Canada is a young 150, and we’re getting nostalgic. Organizations like Historica Canada remind us of significant Canadian people and by taking history mainstream. Virve Aljas is part of a generation that grew up watching the iconic "Heritage Minutes": 60-second vignettes on TV, and they’re making a comeback. We'll watch a few Ontario-based Minutes and look at the stories behind them. (Hint: Superman is one of us).

Alien Minds - By Lauren Shorser

Though most people only encounter them on a dinner plate, cephalopods (octopus, squid, and cuttlefish) are much more than seafood. These short-lived, anti-social, and occasionally cannibalistic invertebrates are making a name for themselves - both as intelligent beings in their own right, and as a model for new ways of seeing the world.

When Bears Attack - By Dr. Rob Foster

Dr. Foster will present other biologists' peer-reviewed science on bear attacks, as well as alternative facts based on his personal experience. A re-tooled East African dung beetle ecologist, Rob has worked in the boreal forest much of his professional life, and seems to have had more than his fair share of bear encounters of the most predaceous kind, perhaps due to the bacon underpants his wife lovingly gave him.


Date: Friday, February 24, 2017

Location: Tony and Adam's at 7 pm

Cost: FREE

This one day community event provides families with the opportunity to participate in engaging, and fun science and technology activities, visit with well over 20 exhibitors showcasing presentations, labs and attractions, all using local and global science concepts and engineering principles. Also enjoy live science shows and entertainment for a festive event!

This fun-for-the-whole-family Science Carnival also includes:

• A sing along with Rodney Brown
• A science photo booth
• FREE face painting
• Drumming by Battle Nation and
• Amazing stunts and entertainment by Imaginez Ensemblez!

Date: Saturday February 25, 2017

Location: The Agora, Lakehead University, from 12 pm - 4 pm

Cost: FREE