1902 Canada postcard, early view lakeshore and dock, North Bay Ontario

$35.00 CAD

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Nice postcard from early days of North Bay, Northern Ontario. Nice image of two dual horse-drawn wagons along the Lake Nipissing waterfront, with men picking up ? Long dock in background.

Written by a man back to his family in France. He has fallen on some hard times “coming out of the forest on foot, with no money and sleeping outdoors (in the winter)”.

He came to Canada to find his fortune…maybe the Cobalt Silver Rush of that time?

Titled ‘Lake Shore and Dock. North Bay.

On back:

North Bay 20-4-07
Je suis descendu de ces horribles bois à pied sans argent, avec camarades en couchant la nuit dehors. Il fait très froid, il neige, et dans ce maudit pays il y a 7 mois d’hiver. Je vais au Sault Ste. Marie, sur le lac Supérieur, juste sur la frontière Michigan --- dans les États-Unis.
Je vais bien et je vous embrasse tous bien tendrement.


I came out of these horrible forests on foot without money, with friends and sleeping at night outdoors. It is very cold, it snows, and in this damn country there is 7 months of winter. I am going to Sault Ste. Marie, on Lake Superior, right on the border of Michigan --- in the United States.
I am doing well,  and send you tender hugs

Continued on front :

J’ai le ---, je fais de tous le métiers les plus extragavants. J’attend et espère la fortune. Ecrivez moi bientôt avec long détails.
Ecrivez moi au Post Office Sault Ste Marie (Ontario)
I have the ---, I work all the most extravagant trades. I am waiting and hoping for prosperity. Write me soon with long details
Write me at Post Office Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario)


Postmarked ‘NORTH BAY PM AP 20 07 ONT.’ on a 2 cent King Edward VII stamped, and mailed to Toulouse France.

Crease LL corner, small scuff LR.


North Bay is a city in Northeastern Ontario, Canada. It is the seat of Nipissing District, and takes its name from its position on the shore of Lake Nipissing. North Bay is located on the traditional territory of the Nipissing First Nation peoples.

Apart from Indigenous people, voyageurs and surveyors, there was little activity in the Lake Nipissing area until the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) in 1882.

North Bay was selected as the southern terminus of the Temiskaming and Northern Ontario Railway (T&NO) in 1902 when the Ross government took the bold move to establish a development road to serve the Haileybury settlement. During construction of the T&NO, silver was discovered at Cobalt and started a mining frenzy in the northern part of the province that continued for many years. The Canadian Northern Railway was subsequently built to North Bay in 1913.