North Bay is a caring community of energetic, high-spirited people. Festivals, attractions and a wide range of special event activities blend with the natural attractions of the area. The combination of lush forests, spring-fed water and clean air creates a healthy environment for working, living and raising a family. Safe, friendly, well-planned neighbourhoods also make coming home a pleasure in North Bay.
A short 3 ½ hour drive from either Toronto or Ottawa, this friendly and inviting city is a popular year round destination. Offering plenty of activities, amenities and services to meet your needs, North Bay's vibrancy is only exceeded by its hospitality! Whether planning an activity filled getaway or more of a "time out" from your hectic life - we've got what you're looking for
Multi level educational opportunities, and four local school boards offer elementary and high school programs including English and French language curriculums. Special focus on arts, drama, and athletics are offered by different schools. Technical training to professional programs, are served by a wide range of diploma courses at Canadore College and Degree programs at Nipissing University.
Walk, run, bike or rollerblade the Kate Pace Way located along Lake Nipissing's waterfront. If taking a ride is more your style then get out and enjoy some of the area's hundreds of kilometres of multi use trails! In the winter, downhill ski or snowboard at Laurentian Ski Hill - the hill in the heart of the city!! Snowshoe, cross country ski or hike on one of the many groomed or un-groomed trail systems located throughout the area. If taking a ride is more your style then get out and watch the scenery zip by astride of a snowmobile or ATV. Strap on your ice skates and take advantage of the many outdoor rinks, including one that is located in the downtown core.
Whether you prefer full service accommodations or roughing it - we have what you're looking for. Raining or just too cold? Visit a museum, go shopping or catch a play... Sunny summer day? Ride one of the handcrafted carousels or the heritage mini train located at the waterfront, attend an event or festival or pack a lunch and head to one of our many beaches to enjoy both sun and sand. Crisp, sunny winter day? Try your hand at ice fishing with one of the many area outfitting companies! Build a fort, have a snowball fight, make a snowman, go tobogganing and of course make a beautiful snow angel in our pristine, white fluffy snow! And at the end of your fun filled day, you can admire the Christmas lights twinkling all over town or stop by one of our local coffee shops for a steaming cup of hot chocolate - don't forget the whipped cream!!
Since 1973 the former North Bay Area Museum, now @discoverynorthbay, has been a local voice of heritage preservation and education for the community. Our goal for our current exhibits is to tell the stories of our community in a way you've never seen before ... Whether that means seeing archival film footage or photographs of North Bay throughout its history, listening to stories told by members of the community of their experiences in the city and surrounding area, looking at collectibles from North Bayites who put together their own small exhibits in "The Collector's Corner", riding a velocipede, driving a train, testing your skills as a railway postal worker or learning about the future of the "Community Waterfront Park"... there is something to see or do in every nook and cranny of the building.
There is a great variety of things to enjoy in the evening when you visit North Bay. Dining out can be a very elegant or casual affair. There are a host of fine restaurants offering a variety of cuisines. The service is fast and friendly with none of the long waits experienced in larger cities. Most of the major fast food chains also have outlets in North Bay.