Prince Arthur's Landing
Prince Arthur's Landing is located on the North Shore of Lake Superior in the City of Thunder Bay. The newly renovated waterfront now includes an outdoor skating rink that becomes a splash pad in the summer. The historic CP Rail Baggage Building was renovated to become an artisan space that will be used as a workshop for artists and a place to sell their wares.
Prince Arthur's Landing is also home to Thunder Bay's largest series of public art installations to date. The unique and diverse collection reflects the distinct character of the region and its spectacular shoreline, and strengthens Thunder Bay's reputation as a city that knows and lives art. The public art is representative of the culture and history of the area, and was significantly influenced by local Aboriginal culture.
Two perfect examples of public art on display include the Picnic Docks and Traveller's Return. The Picnic Docks are a great place to spend a quiet afternoon by Lake Superior. They include large lanterns with digital works of art on the glass that represent the Journey to the End of the Pier. They are solar powered and illuminate at night. Traveller's Return is based on water droplets and represents the commanding waters of Lake Superior. This reflective work of art has attracted hundreds of curious children and adults since opening on the waterfront in late 2011.
The scenic Sleeping Giant is highly visible from all vantage points of Prince Arthur'sLanding, adding one of Canada's most amazing natural works of art to the list of sights to see on the waterfront.
In all four seasons, the newly renovated Prince Arthur's Landing has become a gathering place for people of all ages. It's a great place to go skating, to gain a feeling of peace, or enjoy a book, all of which are free of charge. The public art provides hours of enjoyment for children and adults. Prince Arthur's Landing is a free destination point that provides universal accessibility for people of all abilities.
Prince Arthur's Landing is a public place that we can all be proud of. The waterfront can be used through all four seasons and by people of all ages and abilities. Incorporating public art from artists across Canada makes this an exceptional place to visit. Prince Arthur's Landing is now a destination point for tourists in the U.S. and Canada. The waterfront was redeveloped using Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design principles and the City is on track to receive the LEED Gold certification.
Made up of local supporters, Opportunity Thunder Bay has played an important role as promoter and champion of the Prince Arthur's Landing development. Using social networking and through local media, this group has explained the importance of waterfront development and helped highlight how it will benefit residents in the city.
Historically, the waterfront has always played a significant role in the area. Prince Arthur's Landing has become a place where people can gather. It is walking distance from downtown and is accessible to everyone. Thanks to this renovation, children will have a great time on the waterfront that they will remember when they grow up and bring their own kids to the waterfront.
Prince Arthur's Landing was a park redevelopment that involved site remediation, parkland development, marina improvements, new and renovated buildings, enhanced and new servicing, public art, landscaping and fish habitat enhancement. The planning and design of the project required a multi-disciplinary team of architects, landscape architects, planners, urban designers, civil engineers, electrical engineers, green energy specialists, cost consultants, environmental planners, and biologists to name but a few. In addition to having a diverse composition, this team had to be well-integrated and highly focused to achieve very ambitious timelines. The City of Thunder Bay also applied its own planning, legal, financial, and engineering resources to guide the process.