Cultural Sensitivity, Please
Despite other rumours, the population of North Bay consists primarily of people of Scottish, Irish, French-Canadian, and Native descent--not necessarily in that particular order. (Just take a peek at a local phone book.) I've seen quite a few tourists unknowingly use terms that aren't very popular here; so I'm only mentioning all this for their benefit. When speaking of the indigenous people of the area, the proper term to use in this neck of the woods is "Native" or "Aboriginal", not "Indian". Likewise, we use the term "French-Canadian", not just "French", when speaking of people or heritage. "French" refers to either the language itself or an actual person from France. (i.e., A book is written in French but it is being read by a French-Canadian.) "Franglais" is a term which is mostly used affectionately to describe a kind of half-English/half-French mixed way of speaking that some of the locals have. But it could also be misinterpreted. Personally, I'm mostly bilingual, and that's something I really like about our city--the diversity of the people.
I'm just going to mention one more thing quickly--never, ever call anybody here a "frog"; come to think of it--best to stay away from using that word altogether... unless you really do have a tiny green amphibian in your hand. Maybe this tip should be under the "Warnings or Dangers" heading as well. 'Nuff said about this touchy subject.
Celtfest is a celebration of Callander's Scottish heritage and the biggest Celtic festival of it's kind in Northern Ontario. This is my favourite local festival, and it's not even held in North Bay, but in Callander--about a 10-minute drive south.
Celtfest is held in mid-May, some years it's nice and warm and others it could be raining, snowing, or absolutely freezing, so bring clothes for all temperatures. Bravehearts, wear your kilts!
Events of the festival are geared towards the whole family and include pipe and drum bands, dance competitions, fiddle and step dance, highland games, sheep dog competitions, and Scottish vendors.
Oh, and my favourite--they have a big beer tent! (Where, depending on the weather, you’re either shivering by yourself or kicking back with a whole bunch of people in the sun.)
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