Leisure and Recreation
The major features of North Bay are its two lakes, which provide boating, fishing, (summer and winter) and swimming activities. Some local attractions such as the La Vase Portage is accessible for those who wish to experience portaging by canoe from Trout Lake to Lake Nipissing, as early fur traders did. The North Bay waterfront has a beach, gardens, trails for biking and a dock for fishing. The two heritage carousels and the miniature railway also provide fun for children and for all who are young at heart.
Another attraction is The Chief Commanda II, which offers a choice of cruises on Lake Nipissing, while the original Chief Commanda has been converted into a summer restaurant.
The Discovery North Bay features a wide range of exhibits on local history as well as special exhibitions from the Royal Ontario Museum and other national and provincial museums.
The Dionne Museum contains artifacts and displays of the early years of the Dionne Quintuplets.
For over 60 years, the Gateway Theatre Guild has provided excellent live theatre entertainment for the community - usually three performances a year. One of these plays is performed in QUONTA, the regional festival competition in the Spring, and the winner moves on to the TheatreThe Capitol Centre Ontario competition. The Box Office phone number is 705.358.1425
Rep 21 is a contemporary Summer repertory company, performing three shows which run for the first two weeks of July and which features acting graduates of the Canadore College Theatre Arts Program.
Dreamcoat Fantasy Theatre provides a musical theatre experience for children and families of the North Bay area. They produce up to four shows a year at the North Bay Capitol Centre with children from ages 5-14. Their phone number is 705.472.1590. www.dreamcoat.ca/
The Capitol Centre is a multi-use, community based facility. The Capitol Centre provides local, provincial and world-wide first class entertainment, movies, summer children's camp, and the public have an opportunity to rent the facilities for private functions. It is the home of The North Bay Symphony Orchestra who is presently celebrating their 35th season. The Symphony String School which was introduced in September 2006, conducts instruction at the Capitol Centre.
For the art enthusiast there are many galleries and private artisans, providing art in various media, located within and around the surrounding area.
Art on Main is organized and operated by their members. Membership requires a high standard of workmanship, originality and professionalism.
The White Water Gallery is a non-profit, charitable, artist-run centre.
Located within the Capitol Centre building, is The W.K.P. Kennedy Art Gallery a public funded gallery presenting historical and contemporary Northern, Canadian, international and visual artists. This gallery showcases all forms of media.
To promote the arts and music visit www.northbayscene.ca.
Organized Sports and Recreation
North Bay is a very active sports and recreation minded community. Should you be interested in hockey, swimming, ringette, soccer or any type of exercise www.baytoday.ca will bring you up-to-date.