Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre
The Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre is a unique facility in the heart of Elliot Lake. A former hotel during the hey days of mining in Elliot Lake, it underwent a multimillion dollar facelift in the mid 1990's and was converted into a community theatre, office building, nerve centre for the artistic community and home of the Elliot Lake Nuclear and Mining Museum.
Dedicated to the Right Honourable Lester B. Pearson, Canada's 14th Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for the Elliot Lake riding (Algoma Manitoulin). He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957 for his role in defusing the Suez Crisis through the United Nations. Pictures abound in the halls of the building of Mr. Pearson hosting BBQ's and meeting residents in Elliot Lake in the 1950's and 60's.
The Lester B Pearson Civic Centre is home to the Elliot Lake Welcome Centre, which is an excellent source of information on the Elliot Lake and surrounding area. Run by the Chamber of Commerce, the Welcome Centre has many brochures and maps for visitors to the community. The friendly staff are happy to answer any questions about Elliot Lake.
In the basement of the Civic Centre is the Elliot Lake Nuclear and Mining Museum, a museum dedicated to preserving the history of the Elliot Lake Community. It focuses on the mining aspect of the community's heritage, and features the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.
The theatre within the Civic Centre holds 360 people comfortably and hosts events from various musical and other performing artists on tour, local community theatre, press conferences, public meetings and is available for rent by large groups and conventions. The Elliot Lake and District Chamber of Commerce, the Elliot Lake Residential Development Commission and the Big Brothers/Big Sisters local chapter have offices in the building, among many other groups.
The Civic Centre is also the centre of activity for artistic endeavours of our citizens. Local artists, budding artists and/or hobbyists can enjoy various rooms set up with looms and weaving equipment, a general art workshop and a pottery studio. Local artists have art hanging in the halls and walls of the building, on display to present the community with a snapshot of the some of the talent that Elliot Lake has to offer.
The Stage Door Players (SDP) are a lively group of performers who put together extravagant and entertaining shows lip-synched to popular music, complete with ambitious and professional sets and elaborate costumes. SDPs shows have sold out the auditorium on a number of occasions, to date the only non-profit group to sell out the 360-seat theatre, and all net proceeds of the ticket sales go to local charities.
The Civic Centre is open 9 AM to 5 PM daily from September to May, and 9 AM to 8 PM from Victoria Day weekend in May to Labour Day weekend in September.
Tel: (705) 848-2287 Ext. 2400
Fax: (705) 848-0545
Elliot Lake, ON