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Canada Place Opens at the North Bay Waterfront

North Bay, ON – July 1, 2024 - North Bay Canada Place, a new inclusive gathering space, was officially opened today at the City’s Waterfront.

The space features an accessible pathway, a large maple leaf design in the paving stones, and two flag poles, one of which will permanently display the Nipissing First Nation flag.

"This space not only adds to the beauty of our waterfront, but it also represents unity and respect,” said Mayor Peter Chirico. “By flying the Nipissing First Nation's flag on the shores of Lake Nipissing, in their traditional territory, we honor our neighbors and recognize their contributions to our community.”

The opening was held on Canada Day to reflect that the day has different meanings for everyone, but that we all share the lands and a commitment to truth and reconciliation, inclusivity, and understanding.

“We already see people coming together at Canada Place. Much like Canada itself, where the best that the world has to offer comes together,” said Nipissing-Timiskaming MP Anthony. “That’s my Canada! In North Bay, we now have our own Canada Place.”

The Canada Place project, initiated by the Heritage Gardeners to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, began several years ago. In 2020, the City of North Bay built an accessible pathway as the project's first phase. Construction of the gathering space started in 2023, funded by contributions from the federal government, the City of North Bay, and funds raised by the Heritage Gardeners through the sale of engraved bricks incorporated into the design.

“We are proud to see North Bay Canada Place come to life. This space shows our community’s commitment to creating inclusive and welcoming environments for everyone,” said Wanda Wallace of the Heritage Gardeners.

North Bay Canada Place is now open to the public. Everyone is welcome to visit this new gathering space at the North Bay Waterfront.

“Nipissing First Nation recognizes the City of North Bay’s contribution to the revitalization of the shores of Lake Nipissing, a treasure within the traditional territory of the Nbisiing Anishinaabeg. The space promotes harmony, which ultimately speaks to our Seven Grandfather Teaching of respect, and we are grateful that the spirit of this teaching is embedded in this project,” said Nipissing First Nation Chief Scott McLeod

Gord Young
Communications Officer (705) 474-0626 x.2505