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The City of North Bay (53,966 inhabitants in 2006; 31,492 ha) is located 125 km east of Sudbury, at equal distance (330 km) from Ottawa and Toronto.
From its beginnings as a settlement of the Nipissing Indians, North Bay has been a transportation centre. North Bay lies on the Route of the Voyageurs – that watery highway that leads to the interior of North America through which most of our legendary explorers and missionaries followed to seek their fame and fortune. The first commerce in the area was carried out by canoe, and the fact that North Bay was on a system of interconnected waterways was very important. [...]
The building of the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Canadian National Railways, and the Ontario Northland Railway, established North Bay as the major transportation centre for the region. [...] As mining and lumber developed in regions to the north and east, North Bay became a supply and a regional centre for education and health care. [...] North Bay’s first inhabitants came with the railway in the early 1880s and it grew to be incorporated into a city in 1925. In 1968, North Bay amalgamated with surrounding townships to become, at the time, the largest municipality in terms of area in Canada.
Source: Extracts from North Bay Community Profile, available in full on the town's website.
North Bay is the birth place of the alpine skier Kate Pace (b. 1969), World Champion in downhill at Morioka (1993) and winner of two World Cup downhill events (Lillehammer, 1993; Tignes, 1994). Source: skimuseum.ca
Corbeil, incorporated to North Bay long time ago, was the birth place of the famous Dionne quintuplets (b. 28 May 1934). Source: partice.physics.ucdavis.edu.
In The North Bay Nugget, 18 March 2009, Maria Calabrese reports:
Warrant Officer Neil Pitts asked the city for a municipal flag that he could fly at Camp Nathan Smith, a Canadian military base in Kandahar, during his upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. Mayor Vic Fedeli did one better by giving Pitts the flag that flies in his office. The flagpole will remain empty until Pitts brings it back later this year.
There is an "alley of flags" at the Canadian camp where other soldiers fly the flags of their municipalities as they represent their cities and bring a part of their home with them as they serve abroad.
A colour photo taken during the event shows the flag of North Bay as vertically divided green-white-blue (1:2:1) with the city logo in the middle of the white stripe.
Today, 19 March 2009, relates the same event with a bigger
photography (but not completely showing the flag).
Ivan Sache, 26 March 2009