Saturday, December 22, 2007

Sunset Park - Winter (3)

Looking out on the frozen waters of Lake Nipissing from Sunset Park.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas Decorations @ Nipissing University

Here's one of the many offices that were decorated at Nipissing University for the holidays. This one belongs to the Centre for Continuing Education.

This photo of a Christmas tree was taken near one of the entrance ways.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Gateway Pentecostal Church

A very timely saying posted on the Gateway Pentecostal Church's outdoor sign.

"The thing to spend on your children is time"

The church is located near the intersection of Marshall and Booth Rd.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Sunset Park - Winter (2)

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We are still in Sunset Park but now we are looking west & north. Click here to see a summer image from a similar vantage point.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Sunset Park - Winter (1)

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This is a view of frozen Lake Nipissing looking south & west from Sunset Park. Click here for a similar view but taken during the summer.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Winter Bench

Another photo that was inspired by fellow daily photo city bloggers. Felicia & Alexandra's San Diego Daily Photo's post of their Winter Beach made me want to show everyone what a North Bay bench near the water looks in early December.

This photo was taken in along the boardwalk that passes by the marina heading towards Kings Landing.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Christmas Tree - Education Centre Library

Last week I had seen various unusual & wonderful Christmas Trees that Miami Daily Photo had posted on her blog. They were part of South Florida's Festival of the Trees. Thanks to Gwen, I thought I would share one of the different Xmas trees that can be found in North Bay.

This tree of Tim Horton coffee cups can be found in the front entrance of the Education Centre Library on the Nipissing University - Canadore College campus.

Monday, December 10, 2007

North Bay Marina (Winter)

Click on the photo for a larger image of the North Bay Marina in early December.

In the photo on the far left you can see the Dead Slow sign that I had taken a photo of in November. The last of the boats left in early November (click here to see the last boat in the marina).

Sunday, December 9, 2007

King's Landing & Memorial Beach (Winter)

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A different view of Memorial Beach then earlier this summer. Lake Nipissing is starting to freeze over (the ice is still not thick enough to venture upon).

Friday, December 7, 2007

Duchesnay Falls - Winter View

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Here's a shot of Duchesnay Falls. It's a slightly different view of the falls then what I took earlier this summer (click here for that summer view).

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Education Centre Pond covered in Snow

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This is the view of the pond at the back of the Education Centre (part of Nipissing University & Canadore College). This is what you can see from the cafeteria windows. It was a bit cold & windy when I took this photo on Monday afternoon.

Come February 2008, this area will be swarming with hockey players as Canadore College hosts the Canadian Pond Hockey Faceoff on February 15, 16, & 17.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Snow Commute - Overpass

Some of you have asked if we get a lot of snow. That depends on your definition of a lot. I don't think we get enough snow but others think we get too much.

This photo was taken last Friday (Nov 30) of the cars coming from downtown onto Lakeshore Drive via the Overpass (called that since it goes above the train tracks of both the Ontario Northland and Ottawa Valley Railways). The snowstorm is just starting to roll into town.

To give you an idea as to the amount of snow that has fallen (& drifted), since Sunday afternoon, I have shovelled out the driveway 5 times! It's supposed to let up a bit by tomorrow, which means that I'll actually have a chance to do a proper job of cleaning the driveway and piling the snow away from the house.

Here it's important to push the snow as far away from the driveway and house on these first snow falls since it will continue to snow until March. It is no picnic trying to clean your driveway when you have created 6 foot banks of snow on either side.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

December Theme Day - Stanley St Bridge

It's theme day again for daily city photo bloggers. December's theme is bridges.

This is an older bridge which allows Stanley St to cross over Chippewa Creek.

Below you will find links to other bloggers who are participating in the Bridge Theme, please visit.

Boston (MA), USA - San Diego (CA), USA - Stayton (OR), USA - New York City (NY), USA - Portland (OR), USA - Montego Bay, Jamaica - Inverness (IL), USA - Singapore, Singapore - Stockholm, Sweden - Setúbal, Portugal - Brussels, Belgium - Phoenix (AZ), USA - Seattle (WA), USA - Hyde, UK - Manila, Philippines - Fort Lauderdale (FL), USA - London, England - Austin (TX), USA - Toulouse, France - Weston (FL), USA - Sesimbra, Portugal - Selma (AL), USA - Silver Spring (MD), USA - Saarbrücken, Germany - Cleveland (OH), USA - Crystal Lake (IL), USA - American Fork (UT), USA - Seoul, South Korea - Kyoto, Japan - Tokyo, Japan - Norwich (Norfolk), UK - North Bay (ON), Canada - Arradon, France - Paderborn, Germany - Durban, South Africa - Philadelphia (PA), USA - Cypress (TX), USA - Cottage Grove (MN), USA - Prague, Czech Republic - Portland (OR), USA - Greenville (SC), USA - Boston (MA), USA - Port Angeles (WA), USA - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Wichita (Ks), USA - Saint Paul (MN), USA - Petaling Jaya (Selangor), Malaysia - Grenoble, France - New York City (NY), USA - Nottingham, UK - Hobart (Tasmania), Australia - Arlington (VA), USA - Minneapolis (MN), USA - Miami (FL), USA - Cheltenham, UK - Albuquerque (NM), USA - Saratoga Spgs. (NY), USA - Las Vegas (NV), USA - Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Nashville (TN), USA - Toruń, Poland - New Orleans (LA), USA - Port Elizabeth, South Africa - Melbourne, Australia - Moscow, Russia - Trujillo, Peru - Château-Gontier, France - Quincy (MA), USA - Melbourne, Australia - Port Vila, Vanuatu - Joplin (MO), USA - Bellefonte (PA), USA - Brookville (OH), USA - Chateaubriant, France - Chandler (AZ), USA - Stavanger, Norway - Baziège, France - Auckland, New Zealand - Wellington, New Zealand - Ocean Township (NJ), USA - Subang Jaya (Selangor), Malaysia - Detroit (MI), USA - Riga, Latvia - Nelson, New Zealand - Budapest, Hungary - Cape Town, South Africa - Sydney, Australia - Dunedin (FL), USA - Sofia, Bulgaria - Radonvilliers, France - Turin, Italy - Montpellier, France - Kansas City (MO), USA - Minneapolis (MN), USA - Haninge, Sweden - Wailea (HI), USA - Lubbock (TX), USA - Rabaul, Papua New Guinea - Terrell (TX), USA - Mexico City, Mexico - Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation - Budapest, Hungary - Montréal (QC), Canada - Sharon (CT), USA - Le Guilvinec, France - Jefferson City (MO), USA - Saigon, Vietnam - London, UK - Crepy-en-Valois, France - Orlando (FL), USA - Maple Ridge (BC), Canada - Paris, France - Mainz, Germany - Newcastle (NSW), Australia - Wassenaar (ZH), Netherlands - Menton, France - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Darmstadt, Germany - Naples (FL), USA - Torino, Italy - Saint Louis (MO), USA - Bogor, Indonesia - The Hague, Netherlands - Minneapolis (MN), USA - Anderson (SC), USA - Melbourne (VIC), Australia - West Sacramento (CA), USA - Christchurch, New Zealand

Friday, November 30, 2007

On Final Approach - Jack Garland Airport (2)

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Here's a shot of the Jack Garland Airport and terminal from the air as we are coming in for a landing. This photo was taken in September.

This is the last photo in my airplane ride series. Hope everyone enjoyed the aerial view of North Bay.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Airplane Ride (11) - Airport Hill Houses

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Flying low over the trees as we are returning to the North Bay Airport. This photo was taken in mid-September as the fall colours are starting. At the very top of the photo one can see a bit of Lake Nipissing.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Airplane Ride (10) - Trout Lake from Air

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Almost back at the North Bay Airport. Looking east from the plane over Trout Lake. Although ard to see, the houses along the shore are in the Birchaven neighbourhood of North Bay. Click on this link to see a view of the beach area in the neighbourhood.

Sorry for the lack of posts over the last couple of days, but I wasn't in town and had not uploaded any photos previously. As for the current weather, well it's around -9C and we have a bit of snow on the ground (I'll post some photos of the snow after I finish the airplane ride).

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Airplane Ride (9) - West Ferris area

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Heading back to the North Bay Airport. Looking west towards Lake Nipissing. We can see the end of both the ONR rail yard as well as the OVR rail yard. The West Ferris neighbourhood is in the background.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Airplane Ride (8) - Pinewood Park Drive

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I'm still on my airplane ride. To answer some of your questions, the photos were all taken on a 1/2hr ride around the City of North Bay in mid-September.

Here we see part of Pinewood Park Drive (the old Hwy 11) as we are looking west towards Lake Nipissing.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Airplane Ride (7) - St. Theresa's School

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This is St. Theresa's School in Callander which has approximately 165 students from Kindergarten to Grade 8. The school is part of the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Airplane Ride (6) - Osprey Golf Course

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This is the front nine of Osprey Golf Course. I have marked part of the Kate Pace Way (paved bike/walking trail) that winds it way through the forest. Here's a link to a photo I shot while riding my bike while on the trail in this area.

You can search through my blog for other photos taken along the Kate Pace Way.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Airplane Ride (5) - Callander Bay

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More photos from over North Bay. This is a shot of Callander Bay on Lake Nipissing

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Airplane Ride (4) - West Ferris Secondary School

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Another image from my airplane ride over North Bay.

This is West Ferris Secondary School - Home of the Trojans. This high school is part of the Near North District School Board.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Airplane Ride (3) - ONR Rail Yard

More from my plane ride over North Bay. (Click on photo for larger image)

Looking south along the ONR Rail Yard. The houses are in the West Ferris neighbourhood.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Airplane Ride (2) - NorthGate Shopping Centre

Returning to the airplane ride series. This a view of the NorthGate Shopping Centre plus Dollar's Independent Grocer. The large body of water that you can see in the background is part of Trout Lake.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Farm House - Cedar Heights Road (Winter)

Winter will soon be arriving. Click on the photo for a larger image. I had previously posted a photo of this same farmhouse back in August.

Click here for the summer view.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Snow, Snow, Snow

Snow starting to fall while coming over the ONR overpass. (Trail on the left side of photo is part of the Kinsmen Bike Path) --- don't worry I wasn't driving & taking pictures at the same time (I had the pleasure of being a passenger and could enjoy the snow falling).

Snow falling by the Hwy 11 & Hwy 17 interchange.

Wonderful winter is trying to arrive....sadly a lot of the snow that fell did not it make thru to the next day. Oh well, Environment Canada says we might be in store for some more snow flurries over the weekend!!! Yippee!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Airplane Ride (1) - Ready For TakeOff

Getting ready for clearance from the Jack Garland North Bay Airport tower for take-off.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Jack Garland Airport - City of North Bay

This photo was taken a few weeks ago when I went for a little plane ride around North Bay. The Jack Garland Airport was named in memory of Jack Garland, a longtime Member of Parliament for North Bay's Nipissing electoral district.

Those of you who may be worried that you can't land your personal Airbus needed worry as there is a 10,000 foot runway for your use.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Dead Slow Speed Limit Being Observed

A very windy November day near the North Bay Marina. This ring billed seagull is obeying the Dead Slow sign though not by it's own decision but rather the fact it's facing a 40-50mph westerly wind.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Last Boat @ North Bay Marina

Last boat still docked at the North Bay Marina on Lake Nipissing.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

November Theme Day - Colour Blue

This month's theme is the colour blue. I chose to take this photo of the original Chief Commanda boat that formerly plied the waters of Lake Nipissing serving as both a pleasure craft, tourist boat as well as a supply ships for some of the communities on the French River. The boat is now permanently moored at the North Bay Marina where during the summer it is used as a restaurant. The colour blue can be seen throughout the boat, from it's smoke stack, window coverings as well as the awnings on the entrances.

To see all the other Daily Photo bloggers who are participating in this month's theme (the colour blue), click on one of the 121 links listed below.

Boston (MA), USA - Cleveland (OH), USA - Philadelphia (PA), USA - Arlington (VA), USA - Cape Town, South Africa - Portland (OR), USA - Sequim (WA), USA - Selma (AL), USA - Arradon, France - Petaling Jaya (Selangor), Malaysia - Stockholm, Sweden - Singapore, Singapore - Wassenaar (ZH), Netherlands - Phoenix (AZ), USA - Seattle (WA), USA - Toulouse, France - The Hague, Netherlands - Moscow, Russia - Fort Lauderdale (FL), USA - Kyoto, Japan - Tokyo, Japan - Saint Paul (MN), USA - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Stayton (OR), USA - Maple Ridge (BC), Canada - Detroit (MI), USA - Crystal Lake (IL), USA - Port Angeles (WA), USA - " target="_new">Cottage Grove (MN), USA - Nelson, New Zealand - Bandung (West Java), Indonesia - Greenville (SC), USA - Hyde, UK - Radonvilliers, France - Albuquerque (NM), USA - Nashville (TN), USA - Manila, Philippines - Port Vila, Vanuatu - Saarbrücken, Germany - New Orleans (LA), USA - Bellefonte (PA), USA - Melbourne, Australia - Hobart (Tasmania), Australia - Forks (WA), USA - Wichita (Ks), USA - Barton (VT), USA - St. Louis (MO), USA - Joplin (MO), USA - Chandler (AZ), USA - Quincy (MA), USA - Setúbal, Portugal - Inverness (IL), USA - Christchurch, New Zealand - Toruń, Poland - North Bay (ON), Canada - Le Guilvinec, France - Chateaubriant, France - London, England - Minneapolis (MN), USA - Naples (FL), USA - Norwich (Norfolk), UK - Sydney, Australia - Austin (TX), USA - Mumbai, India - Boston (MA), USA - Santa Fe (NM), USA - Menton, France - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Paderborn, Germany - Montréal (QC), Canada - Jackson (MS), USA - Stavanger, Norway - Orlando (FL), USA - Grenoble, France - Cheltenham, UK - Forks (WA), USA - Mexico City, Mexico - West Sacramento (CA), USA - Silver Spring (MD), USA - Weston (FL), USA - London, UK - Jefferson City (MO), USA - Ocean Township (NJ), USA - Belgrade, Serbia - Paris, France - Shanghai, China - Montego Bay, Jamaica - Montpellier, France - Saint Louis (MO), USA - Wailea (HI), USA - Rabaul, Papua New Guinea - Auckland, New Zealand - Evry, France - New York City (NY), USA - Nottingham, UK - Las Vegas (NV), USA - Oslo, Norway - Minneapolis (MN), USA - American Fork (UT), USA - Cypress (TX), USA - Haninge, Sweden - Trujillo, Peru - Trujillo, Peru - Melbourne (VIC), Australia - Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation - Durban, South Africa - Brussels, Belgium - Anderson (SC), USA - Budapest, Hungary - Wellington, New Zealand - Prague, Czech Republic - Saigon, Vietnam - Ystad, Sweden - Miami (FL), USA - Seoul, South Korea - Hong Kong, China - Melbourne, Australia - Baziège, France - Greensboro (NC), USA - Sharon (CT), USA - Kajang (Selangor), Malaysia

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Lake Nipissing Dusk

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Ducks on the beach near dusk. (where James St runs into the Lake Nipissing)

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Cranberry Trail (6) - Long Walk Home

A young person walking 5.4km along the Cranberry Trail to get back to their ride after cranberry picking and viewing Lake Nipissing.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Cranberry Trail (5) - View of Lake Nipissing

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After walking along the 2.7km long Cranberry Trail, this is part of the view you are greeted with. The sounds of the waves crashing and the trees whispering as the wind whips through is very haunting as you walk along the trail and is just amazing once you step out onto the shore.

And yes, that is a small cabin on that island in the background.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Cranberry Trail (4) - Birds of the Area

A sign along the newly opened Cranberry Trail in Callander informing walkers of the various birds that visit the area.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Cranberry Trail (3) - Cranberry Marsh Platform

A view of the raised viewing platform. During the summer & spring, you will be able to view numerous birds (including trumpeter swams, ospreys and bald eagles). This photo was taken while taking a break from hand picking cranberries in the bog.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Cranberry Trail (2) - Two Friends Walking

Two friends walking along the newly opened Cranberry Trail in Callander.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Cranberry Trail (1) - Cranberry Marsh

Last weekend the town of Callander which is just south of North Bay officially unveiled the latest trail to be added to Discovery Routes. It's a wonderful 2.7 km trail that is just west of where the Kate Pace Way trail ends. This trail takes you out to the shores of Lake Nipissing and past a cranberry bog! Cranberries are a great tasting fruit! Along the trail there are numerous interpretative signs telling visitors about the animals in the area, the trees & floral species native to the area as well as some local history. It's a walking/biking trail (but no roller blades as it is a mixture of sand & crushed rock trail).

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Fall Colours

Some colourful trees that back onto to Coombes Park in the West Ferris area of North Bay.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Bob & Doug MacKenzie Beer (Take Off Eh!!)

Wobbly Pop!! In honour of Dave Thomas' (1/2 of the duo Bob & Doug McKenzie) appearance this Friday at North Bay's Capitol Centre with his brother (Ian Thomas), I present a very Canadian thing: the Stubbie beer bottle!!

The Brick Brewing Company from Kitchner, Ontario has revived an old favourite, Red Cap Ale.

Red Cap Ale was Canada's most popular beer in the 50s and 60s, owning almost half the market at one point. Brick Brewing Company Ltd re-introduced the brand in the popular stubby bottle in 2002. (Stubbies are a Canadian thing!!)

In honour of Bob & Doug McKenzie's 24 (pronounced two-four) anniversary of their big screen debut in Strange Brew, Jim Brickman and the Brick Brewing Company released limited edition Stubby bottles of Red Cap Ale.

Take Off Eh To the Great White North!!

Near Xmas, I might post the Canadian version (actually Bob & Doug's) of the Twelve Days of Christmas!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Tagged - I'm it! (Downtown late at night)

I have been tagged by both Neva in Iverness, Illinois (USA) and PaB in Baziège, Midi Pyrénées, France.


These are the rules.

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.

2. List eight (8) random facts about yourself.

3. Tag eight people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).

4. Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving them a comment on their blogs.

Here's 8 Random Facts about me:

1. I don't like to follow the rules.

2. I'm going to break rule# 3 above - (I won't be tagging others - it's just something I do (same as email notes that get passed around) - I will read and respond back to the individuals who have taken the time to write/include me but I almost never pass anything on.

3. I am a Toronto Maple Leafs fan - which I think makes me an eternal optimists - fans of the NHL will know what I mean while fellow Leaf fans having been sharing my pain since 1967.

4. I have eclectic musical tastes (click on some of the songs on the left - the Deezer service allows visitors to listen to songs you have chosen - thanks to PaB for having this on his site which piqued my interest). I have tried to have Canadian music displayed (except for the One Tin Soldier by Coven - this song was originally done by the Canadian group Original Caste but no recording was available on the site). The Stompin' Tom Connors song is an unofficial hockey anthem - it gets played a lot at rinks in Canada!

5. I love chocolate & cheese but not together!

6. I love books.

7. I am not a fan of reality TV except for sporting events - though sometimes the announcers are a bit of a pain to listen to.

8. I love snowstorms and cold winter days when the mercury dips below -40°C.


9. (see fact# 1 why there is nine and not eight) - I really enjoy the DailyPhotoBlog - lots of fun but sometimes too distracting!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Sunset over New Hospital Construction

Work stopping for the day as the sun sets over the cranes working on the new North Bay District Hospital along Hwy 17.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Rough water for the fisherman on Lake Nipissing

Rough water for a fishing day on Lake Nipissing. In the background, you can see one of the Manitou Islands.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Looking Northwest along Lake Nipissing

If you click on the photo, you will see the trees in the background in their fall splendour.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Results from the Nipissing Riding (Ontario Election)

Sorry about the lack of updates for the past couple of days but it has been a bit hectic, with Thanksgiving and the Ontario Election this week.

Here's a photo of the three main candidates that were running in the riding of Nipissing in the provincial election. The photo was taken by the ONR overpass & Lee Park.

The results from last night's Ontario provincial election for Nipissing is as follows:

Party Name Votes
LIB Monique Smith 13,730
PC Bill Vrebosch 13,373
NDP Henri Giroux 4,135
GRN Amy Brownridge 1,258
FCP Suzanne Plouffe 238

As well the referendum results for the riding (concerning whether to keep the current electoral process for provincial elections or to move to a mixed member proportion system) are as follows (with 189 out of 190 polls reporting):

For Change 8,581
For Existing System 23,032

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Windy Day along the Waterfront Walk

Fall is supposed to be under way but lately the weather has been unseasonably warm (getting to about 26C during the day).

I will be away for Thanksgiving so although I will attempt to post over the weekend, I will not be responding to any comments until sometime on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Fall Colours - Tower Road (2)

Tower Road although in the city, eventually turns into a dirt/gravel road and starts to wind it's way up to the radio tower (hence the name, Tower Road).