Finnish settlement to Ontario, especially to northern Ontario, exploded 100 years ago. They brought their culture with them and have been keeping it strong ever since – including in such places as Thunder Bay’s Finnish quarter.

The Finnish Labour Temple has hosted the famous Hoito Restaurant and incredible numbers of cultural groups and activities over the years, including the Finlandia Club theatre troupe. Do you recognize any of these thespians? Put a comment on the images and let the Thunder Bay Public Library know. There are over 75 images for you to browse – and even more if you’re familiar with the Finnish community in northern Ontario.