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Winter Edition steams into December

by | Dec 2, 2021

All roads lead to rail and Back in the Bay Magazine steamed into the Winter Edition with a respectful nod to the area’s track foundations.

On the front cover, the 701 marks the End of an Era as the Ontario Northland converted to diesel electric in 1957. The editorial is about a pamphlet celebrating the ‘Last Run’ of steam, found among a grandfather’s possessions, along with an interview with the man who was five years old when his photo landed in the commemorative booklet and front page of the Globe and Mail 64 years ago.

Local circulation of the print magazine begins Saturday, Dec. 4 with the subscriber mailout starting Monday or Tuesday. Copies will be available for purchase at the North Bay and Callander museum, Darkhorse Comics, East End Variety, and 176 Lakeshore Drive. For the advertisers, about 4,000 free samples are scheduled to be delivered to homes in the selected neighbourhoods Friday, Dec. 10. Downloadable PDF magazines can be purchased HERE by credit card. There’s a 30% discount with code: SHADO

Inside the 32-page package is a “railfan” column by Phil Koning, a retired Ontario Northland conductor and the ONR is advertising its 120th anniversary calendar on the back cover.

Heritage Matters columnist Pam Handley writes about accomplished dancers who were featured in a fundraiser in the 1980s and Nancy Avery shares her Lakeshore Memories.

The city’s musical culture roots are featured in Pat Madill Stamp’s Sentimental Journey while Naomi Hehn looks at CFCH Radio’s cast of talent in her North Bay Museum piece.

You may have already seen the Joe Cundari Pet Portrait Painting contest winner piece and now it’s in print as well as feature and video.

There’s the Passmore’s Food Mart pic, promo for Mike Hall’s pinball business, 67th anniversary for Grade 8 classmates, Callander fastball strike out, family affair in Speedway fun and salute to Scollard vets lost in the Second World War.


And to cap things off, how Nipissing Warriors hockey culture helped bring their community together and Natashia Wiatr writes about Bill Barber’s legacy for Callander.

And there’s the Tourism North Bay newsletter as the centre section, a strong supporter of the magazine.


Dave Dale
Dave Dale

Writer, photographer and proud father. My mom’s family is from the Soo with its Algoma Highlands, dad hailed from Cobden in the Ottawa Valley and I spent my teen years in Capreol. Summers were at the beach on the Vermillion River and winters at ‘The Rink.’ Born in East York but Toronto never was my thing. Ever since a kid looking out the window on long trips, I imagined living on the highway in a little house with a big yard and trees growing all around me.

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