Thunder Bay’s Boulevard Lake Dam again ready for visitors

Thunder Bay’s Boulevard Lake Dam is again open to visitors after a year-long reconstruction project.

City leaders held a ribbon cutting to mark the end of the project Wednesday. It began in June 2020 and was completed at the end of October, marking the end of a project that had first been envisioned as a walkway widening in 2008.

The city says the reconstruction was necessary to repair deterioration that had happened over time and to meet new regulatory requirements. The rehabilitation was part of the city’s $33 million Community Flood Mitigation Project, about 40% of which was funded by Infrastructure Canada’s Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund.

"The Boulevard Lake Dam has been a part of Thunder Bay’s community infrastructure for a century. The $13.2 million in federal funding will help improve floodwater and sewage management, promising a safer, healthier city for all of us," Member of Parliament Patty Hajdu said in a news release distributed by the city.

Boulevard Lake Dam is located near Cumberland Street in the northern part of Thunder Bay.