An event this weekend hopes to build bridges between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities in and around Thunder Bay.

Doors Open is an event that offers tours of historic buildings and landmarks not always open to the public from Waverly Park to right up Mount McKay.

Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre

In an effort to bring communities together, Open Doors this year will include First Nations locations like the Indian Friendship Centre. (

"People want to go behind the doors, behind facilities in town. Finding our heritage, areas that aren't normally available for public viewing," said Thunder Bay's city archivist Matt Szybalski,

This year the Indian Friendship Centre and the Mount McKay cenotaph are part of the program.

"Because they're a significant portion of the city's population and they need to be included in any sort of discussion of the city's heritage," said Szybalski, adding it’s important to reach out to First Nations communities.   

Szybalski said the last Doors Open event in the city drew thousands of people to tour buildings and learn about the city's heritage.

Some areas open for the event:

  • Caledonia Building
  • City of Thunder Bay Archives
  • Shuniah Masonic Hall
  • Thunder Bay City Hall Cenotaph
  • Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre
  • Thunder Bay Armoury and Military Museum

The complete list can be found on the Open Doors Thunder Bay website

Tours take place Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.