Hiking, playing with dragons and celebrating the fun of being a fan are at the heart of a variety of events this weekend in northwestern Ontario. Here is a closer look at five of them:
1. Release your inner fan
Fort William Historical Park is hosting Thunder Bay's first Fan-Con Friday July 18 to Sunday July 20. The eclectic convention is aimed at everyone from science fiction enthusiasts, to sports fans, to rockers. Walter Koenig, who played Chekov on the original Star Trek, along with hockey stars Eric, Marc, Jordan and Jared Staal will be on hand to sign autographs.
2. Play with dragons
Boulevard Lake in Thunder Bay is the site for the first ever Family Dragon Festival on July 18 and July 19, 2014. On the water, there is dragon boat racing for all ages. On shore activities include learning to juggle, walking the slack-line and a beach slip & slide for the kids.
3. Hit the right notes
The Harmony of Nations Music Festival opens at the Fort Frances waterfront on Friday July 18, 2014. Organizers are bringing together artists and audiences from aboriginal and non aboriginal communities. Headliners include country artist Chad Brownlee on Friday night, and Canadian music legend Buffy Sainte-Marie on Saturday.
4. Lace up your hiking boots
The new 1.5-km Rossport Coastal Trail officially opens on Saturday July 19, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.at Wardrope Park in Rossport. The new hiking route offers beautiful beaches, breathtaking views of Lake Superior, and the chance to observe waterfowl.
5. Act Superior
Be part of Lake Superior Day at Marina Park in Thunder Bay on Sunday July 20, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Activities include a 10-km family bike ride, Tai Chi by the lake and an interpretive walk with Mike Link and Kate Crowley of Full Circle Superior. The husband and wife team hiked over 2,500-km around Lake Superior in 2010.
An earlier version of this story stated George Koenig played Chekov on the original Star Trek.Jul 21, 2014 9:25 AM ET