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City of North Bay, Ontario - 2024 National Finalist

Welcome to the City of North Bay, a vibrant community rooted in the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe peoples and within the lands protected by the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850, stewarded by the members of Nipissing First Nation. Nearby are also the Anishinaabe communities of Dokis First Nation and Temagami First Nation, adding to the rich cultural tapestry of our region.

North Bay’s history is deeply intertwined with its roles as a transportation hub, dating back to its origins as a settlement of the Nipissing First Nation. Situated on the route of the Voyageurs; a famed network of rivers and waterways that led to the interior of North America, along which many legendary explorers travelled in search of fame and fortune. The Ottawa and Mattawa Rivers’ waterway, explored by Samuel du Champlain in 1615, follows an ancient fault in the Canadian Shield that now forms the backdrop for urban North Bay, known as the North Bay Escarpment.

The building of major railways, including the Canadian Pacific Railway, Ontario Northland Railway, and the Canadian National Railway, solidified North Bay’s position as a vital transportation centre, opening new markets for lumber and other natural resources in the area. The region’s abundant primary resources, such as nickel, iron, copper, and gold, attracted a diverse range of industries, establishing North Bay as a hub for both light and heavy manufacturing. As mining and lumber industries developed in the nearby regions, North Bay became a supply and a regional centre for education, with two post-secondary educational institutions (Nipissing University and Canadore College). The Canadian Forces Base, as well as the North Bay Regional Health Centre, provides numerous jobs and supports for those in our region.

The North Bay Regional Health Centre and 22 Wing/Canadian Forces Base provide ample employment opportunities, and essential services for individuals in the region and beyond. Notably, the 21 Aerospace Control and Warning Squadron Voodoo Flight undertakes an annual mission; tracking Santa and his loyal reindeer!

Incorporated as a city in 1925, North Bay expanded its reach through amalgamation with surrounding townships in 1968, becoming one of the largest municipalities in Canada in terms of area. Today, North Bay boasts a population of approximately 52,662 residents, with a regional trading area encompassing over 112,000 residents from districts including Nipissing, Parry Sound, Timmins, Temiskaming Shores, and Cobalt.

Strategically located at the crossroads of major highways, railways, and air carriers, North Bay offers easy access to Ontario’s urban centres and U.S. markets. Despite its urban amenities, North Bay retains a sense of small, safe community living, with abundant green spaces and outdoor recreational opportunities.

One of North Bay’s standout features is its exceptional natural environment, characterized by fresh air, clean water, and picturesque landscapes. Trout Lake, the source of the Mattawa River and our city’s drinking water, is a testament to our commitment to environmental stewardship. The waterfront on Lake Nipissing serves as the heart of North Bay, boasting a scenic walkway, vibrant gardens, a museum, and a public marina. Duchesnay Falls, nestled amidst verdant forests and rolling terrain, captivates visitors with its natural allure. Moreover, the Kate Pace Way forms part of the Trans Canada Trail, augmenting the national network with a 12km paved pathway.

Sports are integral to North Bay’s fabric, fostering camaraderie, wellness and civic pride. North Bay, the home of ringette, boasts a rich sports heritage, with a diverse array of athletic facilities, programs and leagues, catering to various interests, including hockey, soccer, baseball, cricket and more.

North Bay is more than just a city; it’s a thriving community where residents enjoy a high quality of life amidst stunning natural beauty. Whether you’re drawn to outdoor adventures or seeking urban conveniences with a small-town feel, North Bay offers the best of both world. Join us in North Bay, where heritage, nature, and community converge to create a truly unique living experience.