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Sitting on the banks of the extensive Lake Nipissing, North Bay is a relaxed resort town where you can run your fingers through soft grains on a sandy beach in the summer or hike across snow- blanketed mountains in the winter. Nipissing University keeps the town young and vibrant, while a visit to the many bars and restaurants - that light up with chat and laughter in the evenings – is the perfect way to round off your day. While it may pride itself on being the ‘Gateway to the North,’ that’s underselling the charms of this lakeside town a little, so make sure you plan enough time to explore before continuing your journey.

Things to see

North Bay Waterfront’s green grass, pretty beach and shimmering lake is the beating heart of this welcoming community, and the best way to get under the town’s skin. Watch as locals pass frisbees lazily over the sand, or buckle yourself in for a ride on the miniature North Bay Heritage Train, which will chug you around the park on a short tour. You won’t fail to hear the farewell horn of the Chief Commanda II wafting through the air, as you picnic on the park’s grasses - or people watch from strategically placed benches. The ship sets sail each day for the Manitou Islands - which sit in the middle of the lake. Jump aboard for a smooth cruise, on which you can dance to the music of a live band, or sit back and taste succulent barbequed burgers. When you’re safely back on dry land, head into the town and take your seat at North Bay Memorial Gardens rink. You’ll make a lot of new friends if you throw your arms up and cheer with the home fans as North Bay Battalion skate out onto the ice.

Hotels in North Bay

Whether you want to stay in a cavernous apartment - with a grand 4-post bed and a stack of wooden logs ready to roar on an open fire - or a simple, but inexpensive, motel room with TV, WiFi, and pool access, hotels in North Bay offers plenty of choice. Arty rooms, where stylish prints hang against colored walls, give you views out over the island specked lake waters, and even the cheapest North Bay hotels will help you kick start your day with lavish cooked breakfasts.

Where to stay

Most of North Bay’s hotels have gathered by the lakeside - which means you’ll be waking up to the smell of neatly trimmed grass, and breathing in renewing fresh air each morning. It’s easy to walk to downtown’s lively shopping area - where you can pick up everything from hand crafted wooden ducks to rare, spine-cracked novels in eccentric shops, before stopping off for coffee in a warm café. If you’d rather stay outside the town, hotels are dotted right around the lake, and in nearby Nipissing – which is particularly attractive if you’re here to plunder for the lake’s treasures in secluded fishing spots.

How to get to North Bay

The city is around 3.5 hours’ drive from both Toronto and Ottawa, so flying into one of these airports, and renting a car for the drive over, is the simplest way to arrive in North Bay. There is a small airport near the town, which means you can fly in from Toronto, Ottawa, or Montreal easily. North Bay Jack Garland Airport is 15 minutes’ drive from the city center, and linked to downtown by a reliable bus service.