Northern Ontario’s nature awaits, with flights to North Bay.
Ontario’s abundant natural beauty is overflowing in North Bay. Whether you’re setting out to the distant Manitou Islands, or skating and swimming on the shores of the city in Lake Nipissing, North Bay is a shining example of the province’s great outdoors.
If you’re looking for family-friendly things to do in North Bay, make your way to the North Bay Heritage Railway and Carousel. Go full steam ahead on the adorably accurate mini-trains, which provide a glimpse into North Bay’s locomotive history. For something more whimsical, take a turn on the Heritage Carousel and Winter Wonderland Carousel.
Put a scientific spin on North Bay’s nature at the Canadian Ecology Centre. Educational programs focused on the environment are the main attraction of this facility. But you’ll also find event spaces and overnight accommodations in the centre’s rustic cabins.
If you do stay the night, you’ll be waking up in one of North Bay’s nearby provincial parks. Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park is more than just the site of the ecology centre, it’s also home to the scenic Mattawa River and Mattawa Valley. For more outdoor adventure, Marten River Provincial Park, to the northwest of North Bay, provides 400 hectares and 200 years of lumberjack history to explore.
Local attractions and events are front page news in the North Bay Nugget. Read all about it in this local newspaper, and make the most of the seasonal events during your stay in North Bay.
A flight to North Bay will set you up perfectly for a trip into the wilds of Algonquin Provincial Park.
Founded in 1893, Algonquin Provincial Park was the first provincial park in Ontario. At 1,891,208 acres, it’s also one of the largest provincial parks in the province. Over those almost 2 million acres, rocky ridges, maple hills, and thousands of lakes create a landscape that draws a half million nature lovers every year.
That wilderness isn’t entirely untamed and Algonquin has several useful resource centres. In the Visitor Centre, the history of this expansive park is brought to light. Exhibits, videos, and a viewing deck over the park explore the human and natural history of the park.
Lace up your boots and step out onto Algonquin Park’s many trails to see the park for yourself. At 11 km in length, the Mizzy Lake Trail takes a full day. Along the way, small lakes and ponds provide a great chance to see the park’s wildlife, including the majestic moose. The Lookout Trail may only be 2 km, but this rugged, steep path takes you to views spanning hundreds of square km over Algonquin.
With 12% of the park’s surface area covered in water, it’s only natural to travel Algonquin by boat. Canoe routes span 2,100 km of the park, in a vast network of interconnected lakes and rivers.
While warm summer days make hiking and canoeing all the more inviting, the park is still a hotbed for activity as the days cool down. In the autumn, fiery reds, yellows, and orange colour the park. With these shades of fall, it’s easy to see why the Group of Seven drew inspiration from Algonquin for their paintings.
As the last leaves fall and snowy weather sets in, Algonquin takes on a new life. Cut through the snow on two groomed cross-country trails or brave the backcountry on snowshoes in this all season park.
Whatever time of year you visit Algonquin Provincial Park, overnight options are available. Whether you’re falling asleep on a summer night, or waking up in a winter wonderland, a night in Algonquin is sure to be a highlight of your trip to North Bay.
Less than an hour’s drive away is Marten River Provincial Park, where you can bike, hike, and canoe your way through the great outdoors.
Add a visit to the Marten River Provincial Park Logging Museum to your travel log. Lumberjack days bring this museum to life with the music of fiddlers and the sounds and saws of logging challenges and chainsaw carving. For a fully authentic 19th-century logger experience, enjoy a traditional bean lunch. Stories around the campfire and interpretive hikes from the park’s naturalists will complete your lumberjack experience.
On the Transition Trail, you’ll have a window into the park’s ever-evolving ecosystem. Along this trail, you’ll pass everything from hundreds of 350-year-old white pines to black spruce bogs. This hike may only be two hours long, but it covers a comprehensive cross-section of the park’s ecosystem.
Marten River boasts three beaches recommended for swimming, perfect for cooling off after a hike. Whether you dip your toes in one, or dunk underwater in all three, you’re sure to love these sandy beaches.
For those who would prefer to paddle, you can canoe through Marten River Provincial Park’s sheltered bays. More aquatic adventures await in the nearby Kenny Forest Provincial Park, another example of the amazing outdoors near North Bay. These interconnected lakes offer a rewarding challenge for can-do canoers.
All these natural wonders and more are just a quick plane ride away, with flights to North Bay.
Porter’s check-in desk is located in the ticketing area of the main terminal.
North Bay Jack Garland Airport (YYB) is about 8 km / 5 mi from downtown North Bay.
Taxis from downtown cost about $20 CAD.
Please allow sufficient time to drop off your car rental before your departing flight.
Take the North Bay City Transit 6 Hornell bus to the airport stop. The fare is $3.00 CAD.