North Bay, Ontario on the Trans-Canada Highway
North Bay is a city of 51,000 on the north shore of Lake Nipissing, and is the major commercial centre around Lake Nipissing. North Bay is also a major railway town, with links west and into Ontarioís far north. The town also used to the Canadian base for NORADís strategic Bomarc missiles until 1967 when Canada decided to abandon its nuclear weapons. The town is popular with hunters, fishermen, and railway buffs. The area has beautiful churches, theatres, and music. In the winter, there is lots of downhill and cross-country skiing.
North Bay Attractions:
150 Main St East
This 1000 soft-seat performing and visual arts center includes the beautifully renovated circa 1929 Capitol Theatre and the WKP Kennedy Gallery. The Capitol Centre is open Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The gallery features a range of contemporary and historical art. Gallery is open year round, Tuesday through Saturday
Canadore College Nature Trails
From Canadore College, or from Highway 17
The 750 hectare campus has miles of all-season trails. The network goes past Duchesnay Falls, which roar during spring flood and has many scenic overhangs the rest of the year.
Carnaval díHiver (Winter Carnival)
early February, all around town
This festival celebrates winter, and is organized by the cityís French community.
Chief Commanda II
Government Dock, Lake Nipissing
Take a 3 hour or 6 hour boat cruise of Lake Nipissing, to the Upper French River, on the south shore of the lake. Tours include a film presentation. Trips made mid-May to Labour Day.
Dionne Quints Homestead Museum
1375 Seymour @ North Bay bypass (beside the Visitor Information Centre)
The Dionne Quintuplets in 1934 became the first quintuplets ever born in Canada, and created a Depression-era media frenzy. They were put into the care of the Province by legislation, and became a major tourist draw. The original Dionne farmhouse, made of logs, has been restored and furnished with Quints memorabilia. Open daily form Victoria Day weekend to Thanksgiving (October).
Jack Pine Hill
This multi-season multi-sport hill including skiing, snowboarding and tubing in winter.
This scenic road winds along 2 km of shoreline parks, with access to marina facilities and sandy beaches on Lake Nipissing accessible at over 20 points.
Model Railroad Museum
North Bay bypass, at Seymour Street (beside the Visitor Information Centre)
This museum has over 90 metres (300 feet) of model railway track portraying the geography typical of Northern Ontario. Open daily July-August.
North Bay Area Museum
On Riverbend Rd, off Highway 11
This museum, organized in 1977 houses many relics of early lumber, rail, and steamboat days, as well as early pioneer settlement. (705) 476-2323
North Bay Fish Culture Station
37 km northeast, off highway 63
This hatchery is an intensive fish culture operation, raising brook trout, lake trout, and splake through the fry and yearling stages. These fish are then released into the areaís lakes and rivers. Open daily year-round except holidays.