Get closer to nature, with flights from Boston to North Bay.
Nicknamed the “Gateway to the North”, North Bay is surrounded by the best of Northern Ontario’s great outdoors. With thick woods, churning waterfalls, and scenic waterfronts surrounding the city, North Bay is overflowing with natural beauty.
After your plane from Boston lands in North Bay, take some time to enjoy the city’s in-town attractions. At the Heritage Railway and Carousel Company, you can take a spin on two charming carousels, or chug along on adorably accurate mini-trains.
Take to the lake to begin exploring North Bay’s surrounding scenery, with a visit to Lake Nipissing’s Manitou Islands. Another nearby body of water, Trout Lake, will have anglers hooked on its variety of fish (including trout) and rustic lakefront cabins. On the Duchesnay Falls Trail, you can walk along exposed bedrock and alongside the thundering Duchesnay Falls.
As you venture further from North Bay, you’ll find a bevvy of provincial parks to hike, bike, and canoe your way through. From the historic logging camps of Marten River Provincial Park to the paddler-friendly waters of Lady Evelyn Smoothwater Provincial Park, each of these natural escapes has its own appeal.
With the extremely expansive Algonquin Provincial Park also within driving distance of North Bay, there’s no shortage of nature to explore on your trip from Boston.
Spend more time in town during your visit from Boston, with a walk through North Bay’s Laurier Woods Conservation Area.
Located just minutes from the city centre, this urban oasis spans 240 acres. Started in 1989, the Laurier Woods Conservation Area is run by the Friends of Laurier Woods.
Look for landscapes marked by lush wetlands and large boulders left behind by glaciers. Waterways, including the Parks Creek and Chippewa Creek, and red and white pine woods provide scenic strolls throughout the park.
For the best view of the Laurier Woods Conservation Area, step onto the park’s trail system. Themed treks led by experts can give you a variety of perspectives on the park’s environment, from how its native orchids survive, to how its vegetation can be used in survival situations. Along the trails, head for the highs of the Haist Lookout and the lows of the pond dipping platform, to see the park from every angle.
As you walk through these natural features, be on the lookout for the many animals that make their homes in the park. Amateur ornithologists will love the park’s broad variety of birds, especially wetland species like green herons, swamp sparrows, and cormorant. Keep an eye on the skies and the swamps to spot these Laurier Woods inhabitants.
If you’re by the water, be careful of the park’s most populous turtle, the snapping turtle. The at-risk Blanding’s turtle and hog-nosed snake are also on the list of Laurier Woods scaly citizens. Fuzzier park residents include chattering chipmunks, prickly porcupines, and busy beavers.
After spotting a beaver at work on a dam or a lodge, you’ll have the complete, quintessential Canadian wilderness experience to bring back to Boston.
A flight from Boston to North Bay will set you on your way to explore the expansive wilderness of Algonquin Provincial Park.
Ontario’s first provincial park, Algonquin Provincial Park was founded in 1893. Spanning an area of almost two million acres, Algonquin is also one of the province’s largest parks. Over those 1,891,208 acres, thousands of lakes, maple hills, and rocky ridges form the landscape that attracts half a million outdoor enthusiasts every year.
Several resource centres throughout the park help to educate visitors on the expansive wilderness. Algonquin Provincial Park’s Visitor Centre provides a glimpse at the park’s past. Look out over the viewing deck, or through videos and exhibits to explore the natural and human history of this park.
After journeying into the past set off for one of Algonquin Park’s many hiking paths. See the park for yourself along the trail network that traces through Algonquin’s striking landscape.
The Lookout Trail is short, but this steep, rugged, path leads to vistas spanning hundreds of square kilometres over Algonquin. For a full day trek, take the 11 km Mizzy Lake Trail. Ponds and small lakes lining this trail provide ample opportunities for spotting the park’s animal inhabitants, including the majestic moose.
Water covers over 10 per cent of Algonquin’s surface area, making boats one of the best ways to see the park. Canoe routes cover 2,100 km of Algonquin Provincial Park, in an interconnected series of rivers and lakes.
The warm weather of the summer months make canoeing and hiking inviting and adventurous options for exploring the park. When the days cool down, more Algonquin activities heat up. In the fall, the park is bustling with leaf-peepers, as orange, yellow, and fiery reds spread through the park’s foliage. With all these autumn shades on display, you’ll see the Canadian colours that inspired the Group of Seven’s paintings of the park.
When the last of the leaves fall, Algonquin becomes a winter wonderland. Snowy weather typical to the region creates the perfect conditions for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Dash through the designated trails, or brave the wild backcountry, to experience this park’s all-season appeal.
Whether you’re in Algonquin Provincial Park when it’s snowy or sunny, there are plenty of options for staying overnight. From warm summer nights to brisk winter mornings, a night spent in Algonquin will be one of the best parts of your trip from Boston.
Fly from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to North Bay Jack Garland Airport (YYB), with a quick connection in Toronto. Boston to North Bay flight time is 2 hours and 45 minutes on average. Connection times vary. The distance from Boston to North Bay is around 1,005 km / 625 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.