Go from seashore to lakeshore, with flights from Halifax to North Bay.
Located on the shores of Lake Nipissing, North Bay is overflowing with Northern Ontario’s natural beauty. Scenic landscapes abound all around the so-called “Gateway to the North”. From in-town treks in conservation areas, to out-of town adventures in provincial parks, North Bay’s natural points of interest are never far away.
After your flight from Halifax lands, spend some time enjoying North Bay’s urban activities. Get a front row seat to some of the city’s biggest performances in the Capitol Centre. Since 1929, this venue has been at the centre of North Bay’s performing arts scene.
Arts events are always in season in North Bay’s fashion, art, and retail market, the FARM. High-end goods and one-of-a-kind wares make this market a one-stop-shop for unique North Bay goods. For bigger name brands, the Northgate Shopping Mall is fully stocked with stylish stores.
After a regaling retail experience, take a walk on the shores of Lake Nipissing. Whether you’re bundled up for skating, or dressed down in a swimsuit, the lake is awash with fun North Bay activities in every season.
For more North Bay nature, set off for the Manitou Islands in Lake Nipissing, or take a hike in the Laurier Woods Conservation Area. With a short drive, you’ll arrive at the Duchesnay Falls Trail, where towering waterfalls thunder through the woods.
If you’re feeling adventurous, use North Bay as your jumping off point to see some of Ontario’s provincial parks. Share the lake with lumberjacks in Marten River Provincial Park, or take in Northern Ontario’s striking scenery in Algonquin Provincial Park, to get the full Northern Ontario experience to bring back to Halifax.
Named for the Woodland Cree word for ‘bald eagle’, Mikisew Provincial Park is home to sparkling lakes and striking vistas of Northern Ontario’s nature. After arriving from Halifax, make the one hour drive to experience all 130 hectares of this exceptional park.
Three sandy beaches line the waterfront of Mikisew’s Eagle Lake. Between the Centre Beach, North Beach, and Day-Use Beach, you’re sure to find a shore you like.
After wading through the shallow drop-offs of the shoreline, set off for deeper water with a boat outing on Eagle Lake. Paddle out on a canoe to find the perfect fishing spot, then drop a line to get hooked on angling for pike, bass, and perch.
For more Mikisew wildlife, step onto the park’s hiking paths. As you stroll, be on the lookout for over 90 kinds of bird, including osprey, and, of course, bald eagle. On the Beaver Meadow Trail, a 3.2 km loop leads you through wetlands and woodlands, which were once blocked off by beaver dams. Learn some new trekking tricks on the Old Dog Trail, as you pass by pleasant wildflowers and maple trees on this easy path.
After a harder hike on the rocky outcroppings of the Maple Canyon Trail, settle down for the night at one of Mikisew Provincial Park’s campsites. Choose from the soft, red pine needle bedding of Pines or the maple-covered rolling hills of Hardwoods. Once you’ve staked your tent, get ready for a good night’s sleep to prepare for another day of natural wonders.
After an excursion in Mikisew Provincial Park, you’ll have stunning photos and wonderful memories to bring back to Halifax from North Bay.
Explore the untamed natural beauty of Northern Ontario during your visit from Halifax, with a trip into Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park.
Escape from the city and into the scenic Mattawa Valley, where the Mattawa River cuts through thick woods and rocky outcroppings. You’ll only have to drive 40 minutes from North Bay to reach the striking landscapes of Samuel de Champlain Park. Taking its name from the French explorer and cartographer Samuel de Champlain, this provincial park attracts adventurous visitors looking to forge their way across hiking trails and canoe routes tracing through the park’s 2,000 wild acres.
While the landscape is wild, the park isn’t completely untamed. Several resource centres educate and inform visitors on the park’s nature and history. Turn a scientific eye to the Mattawa Valley region in the Canadian Ecology Centre, with environmental educational programs. Explore the park’s past in the Mattawa River Visitor Centre, which focuses on the legacy of the Voyageurs.
Follow the paddling paths of the Voyageurs with an interpretive canoe program through Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park. Learn more about these famous Canadian fur traders as you pass along the waterways of the Mattawa Valley.
You don’t need to take a guided ride to enjoy these amazing canoe routes. Gear up and take to the water on the smooth surface of Amable du Fond River or Moore Lake. Along the Long Lake route, towering cliffs provide a dramatic backdrop to peaceful paddles.
After making your way across the waves, get in the water at one of Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park’s swimming spots. Stroll along the sandy shorelines of the Bagwa Day-Use beach, or wade in at Jingwakoki and Babawasse Campgrounds. Whichever beach you choose, you’ll be enjoying the refreshing waters of Moore Lake.
Get a different perspective on Moore Lake from the peninsular path of the Wabashkiki Trail. Jutting out into Moore Lake, this path puts you right next to the wetlands and wildlife of the park. For a harder hike, step onto the Kag Trail, where steep inclines lead to forests of towering pines and mighty oak highlands.
Whether you spend your day on the water or the trails, you can rest up for the night at one of Samuel de Champlain’s campgrounds. After a good night’s sleep under the stellar starlit skies of Northern Ontario, you’ll be ready for more adventures on your trip from Halifax to North Bay.
Fly from Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) to North Bay Jack Garland Airport (YYB), with a connection in Ottawa or Montréal and a connection in Toronto. Halifax to North Bay flight time is 4 hours and 10 minutes on average. Connection times vary. The distance from Halifax to North Bay is around 1,615 km / 1,005 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.