Thunder Bay Tourist Pagoda

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Thunder Bay Tourist Pagoda
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Type whimsical information kiosk
Location Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Built 1909
Architectural style(s) Classical/Asian
Governing body Parks Canada
Designated 1986

The Thunder Bay Tourist Pagoda, built in 1909, was an early tourist bureau promoting the city of Port Arthur, Ontario. Located on the waterfront and close to the former train station, the pagoda was intended to attract the attention of visitors arriving by rail or water. Competition with nearby Fort William was one factor leading to its construction. [1] Another factor was the planned construction of the nearby Prince Arthur Hotel, completed around 1910. [2]

Port Arthur was a city in Northern Ontario, Canada, located on Lake Superior. In January 1970 it amalgamated with Fort William and the townships of Neebing and McIntyre to form the city of Thunder Bay.

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The stone panel over the entrance depicts a beaver and a maple branch, both symbols of Canada. A gable extending over the entrance includes a small dragon’s head, said to be a Scandinavian good luck symbol. In 1961, 1973 and 1985, the roof of the pagoda was painted in multi-coloured polka dots. [2]

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References

  1. 1 2 Thunder Bay Tourist Pagoda National Historic Site of Canada . Canadian Register of Historic Places . Retrieved 2011-07-14.
  2. 1 2 "The Pagoda" (PDF). City of Thunder Bay. Retrieved 2011-07-14.

Coordinates: 48°26′04″N89°13′05″W / 48.434571°N 89.218050°W / 48.434571; -89.218050

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