Why I Live Here: NORTH BAY
Lynn Johnston is a giver. For more than 30 years, she has given us laughter with For Better or For Worse, her eminently relatable comic strip about family life. Today, the 65-year-old provides artistic and financial support to a range of causes for people and pets. It’s fitting that this generous soul lives in a close-knit northern community where big-heartedness is a way of life.
BY: LISA BENDALL
Love at 2,000 feet
“We moved here [around] 1985. We were buying an aircraft and a friend who was a pilot said fly up to North Bay and have [a] look at it. We circled over Trout Lake and saw a gorgeous piece of property for sale that’s a two-minute drive to North Bay. The view is breathtaking. I have this massive panoramic view of the lake, and I can see right down into the city with the lights. My daughter lives in a different house on the same bay [with her] baby girl.”
Art imitates life … in North Bay
“North Bay was the model for the small town that [comic strip characters] John and Ellie lived in. The wonderful thing about living in North Bay is that you get to know the people who own the independent shops. I had a bookstore owner to talk to about running a bookstore and I knew a librarian I could talk to about working in a library. I had the resources right here. People are thrilled to help you out, and love knowing that a character was based on them.”
Mike Holmes at Royal LePage North Bay Real Estate Services Brokerage was born and raised in North Bay. He has sold real estate in the area for an impressive 36 years.
“Zoomers are very active. In North Bay, you can get out for a quick ski, and there’s a big walking path right through the city. You have half a dozen golf courses here – all close by. Our city’s been working hard on economic development.
AT A GLANCE
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