About Us

Friends of Grain Elevators

Friends of Grain Elevators is a charitable organization with membership open to the public. In 2003 we banded together to raise awareness and pride in Thunder Bay's rich grain trade history and vibrant grain port.

We gather industry stories and photos and spread the news through displays, activity days, community presentations, elevator tours, and social media. (Join us on Facebook.) We even have a stage play in the works!

As a non-profit corporation, we have an elected board of directors. To view a full list of our leadership team, please read more.

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Projects

During our ten-year existence, we have been busy on several projects. Browse below to see a complete list of our projects.

Feasibility Study

We completed a feasibility study looking at the best way to celebrate the development and modern-day operation of Thunder Bay's grain port.

Voices of the Grain Trade

Our Voices of the Grain Trade collection holds over 200 recordings of industry workers from industry leaders to grain shovellers.
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Postcard Collection

Starting in the early 1900s, the Lakehead became famous as the world’s largest grain port. As a result, photographers snapped pictures of our elevators and featured them on postcards shipped world-wide.

Photos of the Grain Trade

We are actively looking for photos of our history. To date
we have over 300 items in our collection.

Grain Trade Memorabilia

We have started a small collection of grain-trade related items in the hope that one day they will form part of an official collection.

Historic Recognition

Friends of Grain Elevators received national historic recognition for Thunder Bay's impressive development as an international grain port.

Grain Days

The intriguing world of grain, its handling, shipping and uses are the themes of this yearly family fun day.

Displays

We have started a small collection of grain-trade related items in the hope that one day they will form part of an official collection.

Tours

Our website is an information hub showcasing stories, photos and other items to help the community join us in the fascinating story of Thunder Bay’s grain trade.