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Memorial park is a good place to sit around if you need to kill a few hours. It's generally quiet and strangely enough, people behave really well when they're in it. There's not too much to look at--so if it's a nice day, the waterfront might be a better place to chill out.
The soldier statue (North Bay War Memorial) was erected in 1922 and I would venture to say that it's the only "real" staue in town other than the Peter Toth one on the highway. I think a lot of residents feel sorry for this soldier, how he stands with is head bowed. Especially when he's alone in the winter--it reminds me of the sad Oscar Wilde story, "The Happy Prince".
The granite "Wall of Honour" behind the statue was dedicated November 12, 2000. It is the largest municipal memorial in Canada. It contains the names of 636 area soliders who died in the wars and the names of 9,000 who served. City people lay wreaths in this park on Remembrance Day, November 11.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
"The Cove", on the shores of Trout Lake, is a great place for families to bring their children for a swim on hot days. The water is cooler and cleaner than Lake Nipissing and kids love playing on the long white docks. The beach is supervised by lifeguards during the summer months and has restroom/change facilities. There aren't any food or drink vendors at this beach, so you have to bring your own snacks. There's lots of space at this beach, so even on busy days you can always find a good spot to stretch out. Make sure to have a shower with soap when you get home to avoid any chance of "swimmer's itch", which has been known to happen on some summer days. I grew up hanging around on this beach.
Entrance at the corner of Lakeside Drive and Camelot beside Found Court, in the Birchaven neighbourhood.
Updated Aug 4, 2005
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