Canoes on a Lake in Early Morning, Northern Ontario
Canoes on a Lake in Early Morning, Northern Ontario
The Gray Wolf of Canada
The gray wolf (Canis lupus), is an Ice Age survivor. It is plentiful in Northern Ontario, especially in the Algonquin Park area of the Nipissing District.
Black Bear Crossing the Road Near North Bay, Ontario
An American Black Bear, or Ursus americanus, crosses a road near North Bay, Ontario with a cub.
Early Canadian Postage Stamp from 1859
One of the first Canadian postage stamps, designed by Sir Sandford Fleming, was the 5-cent beaver, issued in 1859.
Dog Sledding in Northern Ontario, Canada
Dog sledding is still used as a means of wintertime transportation in some places in Northern Ontario, Canada, although dog sled races also became popular in the 20th century.
Side View of Pioneer Log Cabin Home in the Nipissing District
Side view of early pioneer log cabin home of the 19th century, in the Nipissing District.
Lady’s Slipper Orchid
Charles Darwin tried unsuccessfully to grow these wildflowers, also known as Cypripedium reginae.
Trillium Wildflower in the Nipissing District, Ontario
A lone trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) tucked in a log.
Window of Early Pioneer Log Cabin in Nipissing District, Ontario
Window of early pioneer log cabin in Nipissing District, Ontario.
Bull Moose in Northern Ontario Bush During Light Snowfall
Bull moose in the Northern Ontario bush during light snowfall.
Waterfall in the Bush Country of Northern Ontario, Canada
Waterfall in the bush country of Northern Ontario, Canada.
Bog in the Nipissing District, Near North Bay, Ontario
Bog in the Nipissing District, near North Bay, Ontario.
The Fiddle-Head Fern, a Northern Delicacy
Gathered in the spring, the fiddle-head fern is a Canadian food delicacy.
Poutine, a French-Canadian Delicacy
French fries with gravy and cheese, a popular and satisfying French-Canadian comfort food.
Curling, a Medieval Scottish Sport Popular in Canada
A female curler enjoys the game, which was first documented in medieval Scotland in 1541.
September 13, 2010 · Leave a Comment
This cabinet card has moved to the Bruno Charron page at VintagePostcards.org. Copyright ©2010, NipissingHistory.com. All rights reserved. Read More →
November 26, 2010 · Leave a Comment
We’re excited to share a recent find with you — an important pioneer photograph of Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) railroad workers in North Bay, Ontario. Penciled on the reverse is a note which says: “Old Time Ry. Men, CPR, North Bay. Taken in March 1884.” The image is sharply focused and well composed; we can’t help but wonder who the undoubtedly experienced photographer was. While North Bay served as a regional trading center as early as 1851, it wasn’t until November 1882 – only 1-1/2 years before this picture was taken — that it incorporated... [Read the full story]
December 26, 2010 · Leave a Comment
No mention of downtown Powassan would be complete without the inclusion of The Windsor Hotel. We’ve allowed more room for this post, which is now located on the Powassan history page at VintagePostcards.org. See an 1884 image of the CPR at North Bay, Ontario. Copyright © 2010, NipissingHistory.com. All rights reserved. Read More →
January 16, 2010 · Leave a Comment
This post about The Lakeview House, an early and probably log hotel, has moved to the Temagami First Nation page at VintagePostcards.org. Read about a rare Canadian stamp sold recently at auction for over $250,000 USD. Copyright © 2010 NipissingHistory.com. All rights reserved. Read More →
October 25, 2010 · Leave a Comment
We never did find out who created this video of vintage postcards from our Mattawa collection, but we like the results and the rousing Stompin’ Tom tune. Someone with the handle “lindprod” put it up on YouTube in December 2007, where it’s since had almost 3,000 views. Enjoy! Read about Bruno Charron, a late 19th c. Mattawa photographer. Copyright ©2010, NipissingHistory.com. All rights reserved. Read More →
We’re excited to share a recent find with you — an important pioneer photograph of Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) railroad workers in North Bay, Ontario. Penciled on the reverse is a note which says: “Old Time Ry. Men, CPR, North Bay. Taken in March 1884.” The image is sharply focused and...[Continue reading: The Canadian Pacific Railway at North Bay, Ontario in 1884]
This important early North Bay, Ontario real-photo postcard (RPPC), tells us much about the lifestyle and social mores of North Bayites nearly 100 years ago. The imposing gentleman wearing an overcoat and hat is local businessman Frederick J. Martyn. Born on 22 April 1868 and a teacher by trade, he arrived in North...[Continue reading: A North Bay, Ontario Furniture Store and Funeral Home]
Ham radio operators have been sending QSL cards for almost a century, and here are two examples from North Bay, Ontario. QSL stands for “I acknowledge receipt.” The traditional use of the postcard-sized QSL card was to serve as written confirmation of a two-way amateur radio communication or one-way reception...[Continue reading: Ham Radio Operators and QSL Cards in North Bay, Ontario]
This post has moved to the New Ontario brewery page at the VintagePostcards.org website. Copyright ©2010, NipissingHistory.com. All rights reserved.[Continue reading: North Bay, Ontario: The New Ontario Brewery]
A serendipitous purchase has solved a mystery: the former location of Canada’s largest Indian, a roadside attraction which was in North Bay, Ontario. Chief Standing Moose, a spectacular example of roadside Canadiana (technically known as roadside Americana) was 24 feet tall and billed as “Canada’s...[Continue reading: North Bay, Ontario Mystery Solved: Canada’s Largest Indian Location]
Since the automobile opened travel opportunities in the 1920s, North Bay’s Lakeshore Drive — hugging the shoreline of Lake Nipissing — has been the home to many of the city’s motels, cottages and cabins. Somewhere on Lakeshore stood Chief Standing Moose. This spectacular example of roadside...[Continue reading: North Bay, Ontario: What Happened to Canada’s Largest Indian?]
We once had a conversation with a North Bay area educator about North Bay’s 1925 Old Home Week celebration. She had thought that Old Home Week was a North Bay invention; however, that’s incorrect. Here, at last, is “proof” of that — a 1904 patriotic private postcard which shows that...[Continue reading: Early Old Home Week Celebrations in Canada]
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