There is a Canadian airforce base near the town. In the 60s the North American aerospace defence command (NORAD) was located 60 storeys underground to withstand nuclear strike. The base is above ground now and provides surveillance from various sources including Canada's Sapphire satellite.
There is some cropping - yellow canola and grains.
One of the tourist attractions in North Bay is the Dionne Quintuplets Museum the Dionne Quintuplets were born 28 May 1934 in Corbeil on the southern outskirts of North Bay.
Let's head out of town on this cool 60degF 15degC sunny summer morning.
Canola fields in flower
We had expected flat landscapes so were pleased to be riding through interesting hilly and sometimes winding terrain.
There are lots of motorcycles on the road today. Riders seem to stop at the same places - Motorcyclists usually know the best places to stop.
I have been including some houses to give readers an idea of local architectural styles. Most houses are beautifully maintained and hanging baskets of flowers are common.
The paint work on this Harley was shimmering in the sunlight. We enjoyed chatting with her lovely owners, Jeff and Tara.
Signage for winter cross country skiers...
Some of the trails had both bike and ski mobile signs.
Some for animals in the winter some for feed storage.
Jean-Nil - we look forward to seeing you in New Zealand, too.
Over the bridge, across the rapids and the Soo Canal system
To the USA border crossing. A few questions later and. Check on the computer and we are through.
I love canal systems.
The simple elegant engineering of the nineteenth and early twentieth century functions perfectly.
I arrive at the viewing platform at the same time as a freighter is heading north in the Poe Lock and a yacht and a tourist ferry boat are entering another lock to go north from Lake Huron into Lake Superior
Here is some more information from the visitors centre.
We both remember learning about the St Lawrence Seaway in Geography at high school in NZ.