Happy June! Summer is almost officially here… which means it’s almost time for the 2020 Bay Awesome Summer Bucket List. The pandemic might have some impacts on the things we do or how many people we do our activities with, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be an awesome summer! It will be a TBaycation right here at home. Thunder Bay has SO much to offer right out our doorstep, and it’s important now more than ever, we support local businesses while enjoying our beautiful city.
Tourism Thunder Bay and CEDC Thunder Bay want to know what you are up to for your Thunder Bay staycation and what favourite local items you are including. Check out the new Summer Tbaycation Contest for an opportunity to win one of 13 prize packs of local goodies! The contest starts June 5th.
My summer #Tbaycation is kicking off by taking in a local picnic full of awesome items made or purchased right here at home (even a book by a local author!). There’s nothing better than enjoying some fresh air on a warm day—especially if there’s food involved. Whether it’s at a park, a beach, or right in your backyard, roll out your picnic blanket and have a seat—it’s time to get your alfresco on! My fav Tbay picnic spots include Picnic Point, Mckenzie Point, Silver Harbour, my recent discovery of Arrow River Falls or even just finding a new spot near camp. Anywhere that I can dip my toes in the water!
Some local foods are just made for summer picnics—like a delicious cherry tart from Sweet North or fresh tomatoes from Debruin’s. And the coolest thing since sliced bread? A selection of cheeses for topping it, of course. Fill up on favourites from Thunder Oak Cheese Farm – mine being Red Jalapeño Gouda.
More adventures to come! Stay tuned for the annual Bay Awesome TBay Summer Bucket List. This year I think we are going to rediscover our home together and all the things that make it awesome. Have a great Tbaycation summer. #BayAwesome xo (Photos by my talented friend Dave Zahodnik of DZ Photography)
What’s in the Bay Awesome Tbaycation Picnic Basket:
Floral Bouquet- George’s Market
Cherry Tarts- Sweet North Bakery
Lake Superior & YQT pillows- Portobello Home
Red Habanero Heartbeat Hot Sauce
Dill Gouda & Thunder Oak Red Jalapeno Gouda- Thunder Oak Cheese Farm
Kielbasa- Bay Meats
Bears’ Bees and Honey Wildflower
Tomlin Pale Ale Mustard
Chocolate Cow Salted Milk Chocolates
Thunder Oak Gouda Bagels- Boreal Bakery
Growing Up Granola- Roots to Harvest
Persians- Persian Man
Cherry and Grape tomatoes, fresh basil & lettuce- Debruin’s Greenhouses
Cranberry & Hazelnut crackers- Cheese Encounter
Serving Board- Cracked Bowls
Barrel House Baltic Porter- Sleeping Giant Brewing Company
Serving dish and cups- Black Dog Ceramics
Turkish towel blanket- Hygge Loft
Floral dress (Mink Pink)- Street Legal
Summer hat- Jewels Of Crown
Blundstone boots- JB Evans
Earrings- Gold Sparrow
Deer Neckclace- North Star Silver
Cork Bracelet-Lunar Moose
Silver Bracelet – Northern Light’s Gallery
Book- The Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol