Science Festivals

NORTHERN ONTARIO SCIENCE FESTIVALS

Northern Ontario Science Festivals are proud to have been recognized for Best Program – Large Institution by the Canadian Association of Science Centres. Watch the acceptance video:

The Science Festival is an annual week-long celebration that shines a light on the science and technology that takes place in Kenora, Thunder Bay, North Bay and Sault Ste. Marie. With events and activities happening across the festival community and a Science Carnival to wrap up the week, The Science Festival fosters a vibrant space for community members and organizations to provide people of all ages with STEM entertainment. The exciting week of events, vendors, science shows, and activities celebrates local businesses, drives community pride and fosters connections across Northern Ontario communities.


Thunder Bay Science Festival

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Please join us for our 12th annual Thunder Bay Science Festival taking place February 18–24!


2024 SCIENCE FESTIVAL EVENTS

FREE PUBLIC EVENTS

These events are open to the public and free of charge to participate / attend! This year we have an amazing lineup of events to excite all ages about science around them.

SCIENCE OF SOUND

Join the Tamarack Quintet and Science North for an hour-long, family-friendly concert where sound and science come to life through musical delights and exciting science demonstrations!

Date: Sunday, February 18, 2024
Time: 1:00pm 
Location: BGC Thunder Bay

SOLD OUT!

SCIENCE AT SNOWDAY ON THE WATERFRONT

Come visit us at SNOWday on the Waterfront! This annual event run by the City of Thunder Bay is a great way to get outside for some fun this Family Day weekend.

Date: Monday, February 19, 2024
Time: 4:00pm–8:00pm
Location: Festival Area — Marina Park

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NERD NITE 19+

Join us for an exciting night of nerding out at Sleeping Giant Brewing Company. Entertaining speakers, science experiments, and knowledge-testing trivia with Trivia-Master Dave await! 

Presented in English

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2024
Time: 7:00pm–9:00pm 
Location: Sleeping Giant Brewing Company

SCIENCE CARNIVAL

This FREE one-day community event provides people of all ages with the opportunity to participate in engaging and fun science, innovation, art, technology, and Indigenous knowledge-based activities. Visit the exhibitors showcasing hands-on presentations, labs and attractions, highlighting the science going on in and around the Thunder Bay community. Also, enjoy spectacular live science shows and entertainment!

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2024 
Time: 10:00am–3:00pm 
Location: Intercity Shopping Centre

INVITE ONLY EVENTS FOR SCHOOL GROUPS

Schools are required to register groups for these events, and students will participate in curriculum-linked programs that will get them excited and engaged with the science and technology around them.

NORTHERN ONTARIO YOUTH CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT

Students from grades 9 to 12 are invited to this two-day interactive conference to learn, be inspired, and take action on climate change. On day one students will hear from speakers and participate in interactive workshops and on day two students will get out into their community to participate in an action project and begin forming their own Climate Action Plan to implement in their school or community. 

Date: Wednesday, February 21 and Thursday, February 22, 2024
Location: Westgate Collegiate & Vocational Institute

For more information, email emma.meadows [at] sciencenorth.ca (emma[dot]meadows[at]sciencenorth[dot]ca)

REGISTER


A Collaborative Venture Under the Direction Of:

science north

In partnership with:

parks canada logo  ecosuperior logo 2023

thunder bay public library logotamarack wind quartet logo

intercity shopping centre logo  sleeping giant brewing company logo  

A Proud Member Of:

science festival alliance logo

For any questions regarding the festival, if you are interested in sponsoring the festival, or would like to be considered as an exhibitor, you may contact us at: emily.kerton [at] sciencenorth.ca (emily[dot]kerton[at]sciencenorth[dot]ca).


NORTH BAY SCIENCE FESTIVAL

north bay science festival


Thank you for joining us for the 6th annual North Bay Science Festival! Congratulations to all of our partners on a successful weekend of science, innovation and fun!


2023 Science Festival Events:

FREE PUBLIC EVENTS

These events are open to the public and free of charge to participate/attend, this year we have an amazing lineup of events to excite all ages about the science around them.

FIRST - LEGO EV3 ROBOT WORKSHOP

In this FREE workshop, participants will build a EV3 LEGO Robot and design an attachment to carry an object. In order to move our robot, we will learn basic EV3 coding such as basic drive commands and line following coding. You will learn both modeling and robot coding skills in the workshop. 

Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Time: 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm 
Location: North Bay Library – Mesanine Room
Registration Required

HAUNTED HIKE (SOLD OUT) 

The North Bay Museum Haunted Hike is a 60-minute walking tour of downtown featuring true crime stories and well-loved ghost tales to ensure visitors see North Bay in a whole new light. While there is nothing too scary, we recommend ages 10 and up, and the hike is fully accessible. 

Date: Friday, October 27, 2023

SPOOKY SCIENCE CARNIVAL

This one-day Spooky community event provides families with the opportunity to participate in engaging and fun science, innovation, and technology activities. Visit with exhibitors showcasing the hands-on science of what they do, all using local and global science concepts and engineering principles, with a spooky twist. Also, enjoy spectacular live science shows and entertainment, and Halloween-themed fun! 

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2023
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm
LocationML Troy Armoury 

INVITE ONLY SCHOOL GROUPS AND TEACHERS

Schools are required to register groups for these events, and students will participate in curriculum-linked programs that will get them excited and engaged with the science and technology around them.

NORTHERN ONTARIO YOUTH CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT

Students in Grades 9 to 12 and their teachers are invited to the summit to come learn, be inspired, and take action on climate change in their community. This two-day event will focus on bringing youth from across North Bay together for hands-on climate experiments, informative and engaging workshops, and climate action projects with local environmental champions. The summit features workshops and activities hosted by Canadore College and their Sustainable Initiatives department, Clean Green Beautiful North Bay, and more!

Date: Tuesday, October 24 and Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Location: Candore College

For more information or to register school groups, email emma.meadows [at] sciencenorth.ca (emma[dot]meadows[at]sciencenorth[dot]ca)

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY SCHOOL PROGRAMS AND TEACHERS PD

Science North Bluecoats will be visiting Kenora area schools with hands-on science programs designed to bring science and technology to life!

Date: Tuesday, October 24 through Saturday, October 28, 2023

  • LEARN MORE: Book your school group by emailing kaitlin.richard [at] sciencenorth.ca (kaitlin[dot]richard[at]sciencenorth[dot]ca)

A Collaborative Venture Under the Direction Of:

science north

In Partnership With:

            north bay museum logo          les compagnons des francs loisirs logo

             nnsri 1305 logo                

ontario ministry of northern development, mines, natural resources and forestry logo

A Proud Member Of:

science festival alliance logo

For any questions regarding the festival, if you are interested in sponsoring the festival, or would like to be considered as an exhibitor, you may contact us at: kaitlin.richard [at] sciencenorth.ca (kaitlin[dot]richard[at]sciencenorth[dot]ca)


KENORA SCIENCE FESTIVAL

kenora science festival

Thank you for joining us for the 4th annual Kenora Science Festival! Congratulations to all of our partners on a successful weekend of science, innovation and fun!


2023 Science Festival Events:

FREE PUBLIC EVENTS

These events are open to the public and free of charge to participate / attend, this year we have an amazing lineup of events to excite all ages about the science around them.

SCIENCE AT THE LIBRARY

Stop by the Kenora Public Library to participate in their pinwheel helicopter activity and Colour Sorting STEM game offered throughout the week.

Date: Monday, September 18 through Friday, September 22, 2023
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location: Kenora Public Library

SCIENCE SHOW AT THE SPORTFISHING CENTRE

Join the Science North Bluecoats at the Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre in Sioux Narrows for a high-impact science show! This FREE 40-minute show will show off some of our favourite science demonstrations, from chemical reactions to physics experiments.

Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Time: 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre (Sioux Narrows)

SCIENCE AT MATIOWSKI'S FARMERS' MARKET

The Matiowski Farmers’ Market is getting an extra dose of science! Join Science North Bluecoats and other Science Festival partners for giveaways, demonstrations, activities, and displays as you shop during the Wednesday Farmer’s Market.

Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Time: 8:30am to 2:00pm
Location: Jarnel Contracting Pavilion

NATURE WALK AT ASPEN TRAIL

Explore the 4.1k Aspen trail and learn about some of the diverse biology of the region. Bring layers of clothing, hiking shoes, bug spray, water, and snacks. The hike will last approximately an hour over mixed terrain including gentle hills, and some loose rocky areas (weather permitting).

Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Time: 4:00pm to 5:00pm (meet at the trailhead at 4:00pm)
Location: Aspen Trails (first fork on Dubois Road off of Highway 71)

NATURE WALK AT RED PINE TRAIL

Explore the 3k 'maze' of Red Pine trail and learn about some of the biology of the region (weather permitting). Bring layers of clothing, hiking shoes, bug spray, water, and snacks. The hike will last approximately an hour over mixed terrain including gentle hills with some easy uphill sections.

Date: Thursday, September 21, 2023
Time: 4:00pm to 5:00pm (meet at the trailhead at 4:00pm)
Location1km drive down Airport Road in Nestor Falls off of Highway 71

SCIENCE TRIVIA NIGHT AT BOB'S BURGER BAR 19+

Join the us at Bob’s Burger Bar and show off your science smarts with rounds of sensational science in music trivia. And don’t worry, you don’t have to be Einstein to enjoy this event!

Date: Thursday, September 21, 2023
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Bob's Burger Bar

SCIENCE CARNIVAL

This one-day community event provides families with the opportunity to participate in engaging and fun science, innovation, and technology activities. Visit with exhibitors showcasing hands-on presentations, labs and attractions, all using local and global science concepts and engineering principles. Also, enjoy spectacular live science shows and entertainment.

Date: Saturday, September 23, 2023
Time: 11:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Jarnel Contracting Pavilion

TRIVIA AT LAKE OF THE WOODS BREWERY OKTOBERFEST 19+

Beer stein and bubbles and pretzels oh my! Join our Bluecoats to test your trivia skills about the science of beer, pretzels, and everything Oktoberfest. Prost!

Date: Saturday, September 23, 2023
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Lake of the Woods Brewing Company (taproom)

INVITE ONLY SCHOOL GROUPS AND SENIOR PROGRAMS

Schools are required to register groups for these events, and students will participate in curriculum-linked programs that will get them excited and engaged with the science and technology around them.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Science North Bluecoats will be visiting Kenora area schools with hands-on science programs designed to bring science and technology to life!

Date: Monday, September 18 through Friday, September 22, 2023

  • LEARN MORE: Book your school group by emailing kaitlin.richard [at] sciencenorth.ca (kaitlin[dot]richard[at]sciencenorth[dot]ca)
SCIENCE FOR SENIORS *

Science is for everyone! Our Bluecoats will be running various engaging science programs specifically for seniors, which include hands-on and interactive programming.

* Available only to residents

Date: Monday, September 18
Location: Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls 50+ Activity Centre

YOUTH CLIMATE ACTION

Students from grades 9 to 12 are invited to this two-day interactive conference to learn, be inspired, and take action on climate change. On day one, students will hear from speakers and participate in interactive workshops, and on day two, students will get out into their community to participate in an action project and begin forming their own Climate Action Plan to implement in their school or community.

Date: Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Location: Jarnel Contracting Pavilion and Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre

  • LEARN MORE: You can register for school groups by emailing emma.meadows [at] sciencenorth.ca (emma[dot]meadows[at]sciencenorth[dot]ca)
ANIMAL EXTRAVAGANZA *

Science is for everyone! Our Bluecoats will be running various engaging science programs specifically for seniors, which include hands-on and interactive programming.

* Available only to residents

Date: Friday, September 22, 2023
Location: Pinecrest Home for the Aged


A Collaborative Venture Under the Direction Of:

science north

In Partnership With:

kenora lake of the woods logo

matiowski farmers market   kenora public library logo

bimose tribal council   fset logo

IISD experimental lakes area    muse lake of the woods museum douglas family art centre

township of sioux narrows-nestor falls logo

A Proud Member Of:

science festival alliance logo

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and the GenAction initiative towards Science Festival activities

For any questions regarding the festival, if you are interested in sponsoring the festival, or would like to be considered as an exhibitor, you may contact us at: kaitlin.richard [at] sciencenorth.ca (kaitlin[dot]richard[at]sciencenorth[dot]ca)


sault ste. marie science festival

sault ste. marie science festival logo


Thank you for joining us for the 9th annual Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival! Congratulations to all of our partners on a successful weekend of science, innovation and fun!


2023 Science Festival Events:

YOUTH CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT

Students from grades 9 to 12 are invited to this two-day interactive conference to learn, be inspired, and take action on climate change. On day one students will hear from speakers and participate in interactive workshops and on day two students will get out into their community to participate in an action project and begin forming their own Climate Action Plan to implement in their school or community.

Date: Tuesday, April 25 and Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Location: Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
Registration: Special (FREE!) registration for school groups only — please email us at grace.schmidt [at] sciencenorth.ca (grace[dot]schmidt[at]sciencenorth[dot]ca) for registration details.

IT’S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE TRIVIA NIGHT

The Sault Ste. Marie Public Library will be hosting a science trivia night! Not a science buff? That’s no problem! After all, it’s not rocket science!

Space is limited, so reserve your tickets soon to avoid disappointment! https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/its-not-rocket-science-tickets-576138695347

Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Location: Sault Ste. Marie Public Library, James L. McIntyre Centennial Branch
Cost: FREE

(ARTIE) ADVANCED RESEARCH TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION EXPO

This annual event is offered by the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre to elementary school students from Grades 1 to Grade 8. Students will participate virtually in hands-on activities, demonstrations and presentations featuring a wide variety of science exhibitors, all with the opportunity to meet and interact with scientists in the fields including biology, environmental sciences, computer sciences, robotics, and technology, and so much more!

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2023
Time: 9:30am to 3:00pm
Location: Algoma University
Registration: CLOSED!

SCIENCE CARNIVAL

This one-day community event provides families with the opportunity to participate in engaging and fun science, innovation, and technology activities. Visit with exhibitors showcasing hands-on presentations, labs, and attractions, all using local and global science concepts and engineering principles. Also, enjoy spectacular live science shows and entertainment.

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2023
Time: 11:00am to 4:00pm
LocationCanadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
Cost: FREE


A Collaborative Venture Under the Direction Of:

science north

Presented By:

green for life logo

 

In Partnership With:

canadian bushplane heritage centre logo

invasive species centre  entomica insectarium

sault ste marie public library  

sault college  sault ste. marie innovation centre

ontario logo  canada logo

Science North gratefully acknowledges the collaboration of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and Parks Canada

A Proud Member Of:

science festival alliance logo

Funding Provided By:

 genaction logo

In Collaboration With:

jane goodall institute canada logothe wild center's youth climate program logo

For any questions regarding the festival, if you are interested in sponsoring the festival, or would like to be considered as an exhibitor, you may contact us at: scifest [at] sciencenorth.ca (scifest[at]sciencenorth[dot]ca)

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