Tree Lighting and More

Kathy Skirving, Chair of Victoriaville Board and BIA Board Member, said “The Fort William Business District Business Improvement Area is pleased to announce the 20th Anniversary of our Tree Lighting Ceremony in Paterson Park.”

Kathy Skriving ~ JP Fraser


Photo of Kathy Skirving, Victoriaville Chair and JP Fraser, Board Member of the Fort William Business District BIA holding a Gingerbread House which children are invited to come to Victoriaville Centre, on Friday, to build, as part of a free PA Day Program.


On Friday, November 21st, there is a full day of activities in our business area, starting at 11 am, in Victoriaville Centre, Village Green, with free Gingerbread House building.

At 6 pm the Fort William Business District BIA will host their 20th annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.   Taking part in the ceremony is Ogden School Childrens’ Choir and First Wesley United Church will be providing hot apple cider.
You will also be able to take part in horse drawn sleigh rides from 7 to 9.

You are invited back to Victoriaville’s Village green to enjoy the Fort William Male Choir and Jim & I who are a delight for the children.
Hot Chocolate, Robins Eggs and Cup Cakes will also be available for all attending.

Board of Director JP Fraser of the Fort William Business District BIA,  stated that  “The Fort William Business District BIA is pleased to announce that the BIA is reducing our energy foot print.”

“We have added a little sparkle to the Christmas tree this holiday season in an environmentally friendly way.”
With the support of Thunder Bay Hydro Conservation, the BIA has converted over 10,000 Christmas lights in Paterson Park to light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs.  We expect to save $1,500 on the lights in Paterson Park.

An additional 5,000 lights have also been converted on twinkling angels that are featured on street poles throughout the BIA area.
The BIA expects the upgrades will save the organization funding in the future, as LED technology uses less energy and lasts longer than traditional lighting.

By converting the 42 street pole Angels to LED,  we are saving $100 per Angel for a total of $4,200 during the Christmas Season.
The BIA has also placed Christmas boughs and bows around the trees in our area and also Christmas boughs and solar lights on the buildings facing the Thunder Bay Courthouse on Justice Ave.