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Prince Arthur Hotel

The Prince Arthur Hotel

Its old-world charm and hospitality are as enticing as the legendary sleeping giant it overlooks. The Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel & Suites, built, as a world-famous C.N.R hotel in 1911 is located on the harbour front in Thunder Bay, offers all the amenities of a full service hotel from an ideal downtown location 

Conference and event planners can take comfort knowing their attendees are within a quick walk of an assortment of popular downtown attractions in the historical downtown core. Down time can be spent at a variety of restaurants and art boutiques, over 80 retailers, a sports venue, the charity casino, major live entertainment, and area parks that host folk and blues festivals during the summer.

 

 

Makeing the Poppy The Rememberance Day Symbol

The Poppy  and its roots in Thunder Bay,   Lake Superior News

Did you know the iconic red Remembrance Day poppy worn on lapels across Canada has a Thunder Bay connection?

In 1921, a Frenchwoman named Anna E. Guérin traveled to both Britain and Canada to propose making the poppy a symbol of remembrance for soldiers killed in the Great War. Her first Canadian stop was a meeting of the Great War Veterans Association of Canada (a predecessor of the Legion) held at Thunder Bay’s Prince Arthur Hotel on Cumberland St.

At the meeting on July 4, the members decided to adopt the poppy as its “Flower of Remembrance,” and that November, poppies were distributed in Canada for the first time.

Prince Arthur Hotel Post Card  Lake Superior News

Today, the hotel, now known the Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel & Suites, proudly displays a plaque commemorating the meeting. “In the last few years we’ve had veterans’ groups from Wisconsin and Minnesota come to stay, and they often pose for pictures in front of the plaque,” says Kory Morabito, sales manager at the hotel.

Plaque Commenorating the Poppy  Prince Arthur Hotel   Lake Superior News
Built in 1911 (the brainchild of high rollers at a poker game), the Prince Arthur Hotel boasts high ceilings, intricate millwork and plenty of historic charm.


By Bonnie Schiedel
Bonnie Schiedel is an award-winning freelance writer and editor for print and web.
For NorthOntario.travel

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