North Bay

 I haven't been to North Bay since the 1980s, formerly the home to a NORAD early warning Radar Station the city of 50,000 is a transportation and educational hub among other things. I drove up to North Bay to meet Jo-Anne's parents, even at my age, even this Gen-Xer feels like an awkward teenager meeting the girlfriend's parents. We got along well, Howard and Joan remind me a lot of my grandparents on mom's side of the family and we all spent a day exploring North Bay. The downtown suffers the same problem as other small Ontario cities, the main drag is quiet during the week and the pandemic didn't help one bit. That said, it's an interesting downtown and the former CP Train Station is now a museum. 

The NORAD installation is long gone having been intentionally flooded so Jo-Anne told me, a CF-100 Avro Canuck on a concrete stick at the southern end of the downtown reminds people of the air defence connection. Another fixture is the arch that used to stand over Highway 11 when it was just a two lane highway, I had vague memories of that too. 

I had fun meeting Jo-Anne's parents and I had to relearn how to play cribbage which was a lot of fun. 

Camera: Olympus OM-1n, Zuiko lenses. 

Film: Eastman Double X, ID-11 1+1. 

North Bay Harbour One Chief Comannda_ Walking Under the Tracks North Bay CP Station Two North Bay CP Station Three Ferguson St Tricycle Bike on Ferguson St._ Traffic on Main St. East Downtown North Bay Bonfield Pumper Truck Two Bonfield Fire Truck Grille_ Jeeo Wrangler Parts Sold Separately  Some Assembly Required Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck on a Stick Two Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck on a Stick Distance from North Bay Gateway of the North City of North Bay Jo-Anne Lookinh Elegant_


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