Things to See and Do in North Bay

Family Fun in the Heart of the City

The Heritage Railway & Carousel Company
Provides hours of laughter and enjoyment to the more than 100,000 visitors each summer, who stop by to ride the beautiful carousel and miniature railway at North Bay’s Waterfront Park.

The North Bay Capitol Centre
North Bay’s historic home for arts and entertainment since 1929. This long-standing entertainment centre, with seating capacity for over 1,000, features regular theatre performances, concerts and is the home to the North Bay Symphony. The Capitol Centre is the only performing arts facility of this size north of Barrie.

Lake Nipissing Boardwalk
It is a beautiful paved boardwalk/pathway that stretches along Memorial Drive and is framed with lovely flower gardens.

Duchesnay Falls
For an in-town hike (shorter trail of moderate difficulty) that is just down the highway from the hospital, visit Duchesnay Falls.

Laurier Woods Conservation Area
A 240 acre conservation area that includes a 10km trail network.

Kate Pace Way
Is a multi-use path that winds throughout the city from Airport hill all the way to Callander.

Chief Commanda II
Enjoy a day or evening cruise on a 320 passenger vessel that tours Lake Nipissing, the 4th largest lake in Ontario.

North Bay Museum
Historical artifacts tell the story of North Bay and area’s past, along with gallery exhibits, and gift shop – all housed in the former railway station, refurbished to its original condition.

WKP Kennedy Gallery
Showcasing historical and contemporary Northern, Canadian and International visual artists.

White Water Gallery
Not-for-profit Artist-Run Centre committed to supporting artistic practices that are innovative and relevant.

Retail Shopping
A long list of independently run shops and stores offering clothing, craft supplies, food & convection, giftware and jewelry.

North Bay Farmers Market
Farmers, producers, artisans and crafters come out twice weekly to share local offerings with their community. Located conveniently behind the downtown bus terminal on Oak Street.

East & West North Bay

Northgate Shopping Centre
A modernized shopping facility comprised of over 90 stores.

A unique gourmet shop specializing in fruits and vegetables as well as a vast array of premium meat cuts, specialty cheeses, an in-house gourmet bakery, a fresh seafood section, a salad bar, a premium juicing kiosk, and a freshly prepared oven-ready gourmet to go meal department.

The Green Store
Shopping along the shores of Trout Lake in a 5000 sq ft store offering giftware, pottery, a gourmet room, home décor and an ice cream & fudge parlour.

North End & Surrounding Area

Canadian Forces Museum of Aerospace Defence
CFMAD strives to inspire within diverse audiences a deeper understanding and connection to Canada’s historical and current contributions to air defence by creating lasting connections to the history and artifacts.

Laurentian Ski Hill
A 300-foot vertical right here in the city featuring well-groomed runs perfect for people of all skill levels. Equipped with a terrain park with lift, moguls, rentals, beginner area and certified instructors.

North Bay Nordic Ski Club
North Bay Nordic Ski Club has over 50 km of well-marked trails, groomed for both classic and freestyle skiing. Instruction for all levels, as well as competitive skiing, are available throughout the winter. Fantastic snowshoe trails are also available.

Mount Antoine Ski Hill
Located just East of North Bay in Mattawa, Mount Antoine is one of Ontario’s highest mountains with 15 perfectly groomed runs, a true vertical of 630 feet and home to the longest run in Ontario (2.9km). 

For the Sports Fan

The North Bay Battalion
A junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League based in North Bay.

Nipissing University Lakers
Offers many Ontario University Association sport events through the year.

North Bay Bulldogs
A part of the Northern Football Conference league.

The North Bay Granite Club
They put this local curling club on the map after successfully hosting major international curling events (Ford World Women’s Curling Championship in 2018 & Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling Masters tournament in 2019 and 2022).

For the Dog Owner

North Bay Off Leash Dog Park
To let your dog exercise off-leash, the City of North Bay has an off-leash dog park just off Champlain Park Rd.

Lisa’s Dog House
Specialty pet food store located in North Bay that specializes in holistic dog and cat foods, natural treats and chews, as well as toys, treats, and accessories for dogs and cats of all sizes, shapes, and life stages!


(many of these events appear on the North Bay website and Tourism North Bay website)

Armed Forces Day
Annual June event at the Waterfront to celebrate/honour Canada’s Armed Forces.

Canada Day Festivities at the Waterfront
The city of North Bay holds an annual Canada Day celebration at the waterfront.

Nipissing Culture Days
A celebration of arts, culture, inclusion and equality in our community.

National Truth and Reconciliation Day
Hosted by the City of North Bay on September 30th each year.

Santa Claus Parade
Hosted at the end of November each year.

Summer Concert Series
Free concerts held at the Kiwanis Band Shell on Wednesday summer nights.

Families First New Years Eve Celebration
A family friendly (alcohol free) New Years Eve Celebration hosted by the City of North Bay.

Powassan Maple Syrup Festival
Each year the community of Powassan hosts a community event focused on maple syrup and it’s local producers.

Mattawa Voyageur Days
Free daytime activities for young and old to enjoy and a fierce Canadian music line-up for the evenings make Voyageur Days an awesome experience for all!

Extra Curricular Activities

Dreamcoat Fantasy Theatre
A registered charitable organization dedicated to providing musical theatre experience for the children and families of the North Bay area.

Art Classes
The Workshoppe
White Water Gallery

The North Bay Potters’ Guild offers a variety of classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced students. All classes are taught by knowledgeable and experienced potters.

Nipissing District Soccer Club
North Bay Youth Soccer Club

North Bay Mountain Bike Association
Trail advocacy and management, group rides, youth programs, and events.

North Bay Legion Track Club
Track and Field, as well as X-Country Running training for athletes interested in local, regional, provincial, national and international competition.

A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event.

North Bay Canoe Club
Non-profit club offering paddling programs in North Bay since 1968.

North Bay Triathlon
North Bay Try-a-Tri, a timed event which is intended for those who are less experienced triathletes and want to “Try a Triathlon”. This event will be followed by the Adult Triathlon and Team event. This demanding, technical, unique distance course is halfway between a Sprint and an Olympic distance.

North Bay Skateboard Park
All ages and wheels are welcome at the North Bay skatepark located at Thompson Park.

YMCA Acquatics offers a variety of swimming programs. The Titians are a competitive youth swim team out of the North Bay YMCA. CFB North Bay also has a swimming program. The Thunderbirds are a competitive youth swim team out of CFB North Bay

North Bay Robotics Clubs
North Bay Robotics
North Bay & District Student Robotics

Dance Classes/Clubs
BTS Dance
Dance Expressions
Renee’s Dance Connection

Gyms / Fitness Classes
Goodlife Fitness
CFB North Bay

Yoga & Zumba
Grounded Studios
Vinyasa Yoga Studio
The Studio
BReal Studios
Northern Zen Yoga
Ohana Wellness

Photography Classes

Special Interest Groups / Organizations / Supports

North Bay Pride

North Bay Faith & Worship Listings

North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre

Royal Canadian Legion

North Bay & District Multicultural Centre

Golden Age Club

Rotary Club of North Bay

Rorab Shine Club

The Davedi Club

Community Living North Bay

HANDS Family Help Network

North Bay Heritage Gardeners

North Bay and Area Master Gardeners