Big Plans for Big Thunder
The abandoned Big Thunder ski hill and ski jump near Thunder Bay, Ont. may get a second life. In September, Fort William First Nation Chief Peter Collins presented Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne with briefing notes at a political summit between the provincial government and the Anishinabek Nation. The concept involves transferring the Big Thunder land, which has been closed for nearly 20 years, to Fort William First Nation.
“We think it's an economic-development opportunity that will go a long way in our community,” Collins said. “Not only for our community, but also for the City of Thunder Bay in partnership with them.”
The chief didn't specify many details of the plans for the abandoned ski hill, but said that all concerned want to develop features such as nature trails in the area.
Collins also wants to partner with Lakehead University, Confederation College, the Township of Neebing and the Friends of Big Thunder volunteer group to redevelop the ski hill, which hosted the Nordic World Ski Championships in 1995.