June 3 has been declared Mining Day in Thunder Bay.
Mayor Keith Hobbs made the declaration at a ceremony, June 1, at Prince Arthur’s Landing on the city’s waterfront.
He was joined by representatives of the City of Thunder Bay, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, and Northwestern Ontario Prospectors Association (NWOPA).
Mining Day will include a series of public events on the waterfront. A news release from the city said there will be more than 25 exhibitors with fun, creative and interactive displays and presentations to allow the public to participate and learn about mining, minerals, and local geology.
Heavy mining equipment suppliers, diamond drillers, and helicopter service providers will also be onsite. Admission to the day-long event is free.
"The mining community and many volunteers are coming together to bring the fifth annual Thunder Bay Mining Day to the citizens of the City and nearby municipalities,” said Robert Chataway, president of NWOPA and chair of the Mining Day Committee. “As a family-oriented event, we hope everyone has a good time while participating in mining-related activities such as gold panning, searching for buried treasure and looking at gold and other minerals.”
“The event is an opportunity to showcase the exploration and mining sector, an important economic driver in Northwestern Ontario,” said John Mason, project manager of mining services for the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission. “Mining and mining related matters have been a big contributor to the economy of Thunder Bay and the region.”