North Bay, known as The Gateway to the North, is a city of 54,000 situated between two lakes (Lake Nipissing & Trout Lake) on the Trans Canada Highway, at the junction of Highway 11 & 17. Our four-lane highway makes North Bay very accessible to larger centres in the south.
Historically, North Bay served as a transportation centre. A fur trading post was established by Jean Nicollet, on the shores of Lake Nipissing, in 1622, but the real story of North Bay begins with the coming of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the summer of 1882. The Railway was the first and main industry for many years.
North Bay is noted for information technology, manufacturing, business, and education. Cultural events, festivals, spring-fed water, and clean air create a healthy environment.
One of the more popular and important cultural events is the annual aboriginal celebration, which includes pow-wows and displays of native craft. This attracts many people interested in the early history of our area. Visits to museums in Sturgeon Falls and Mattawa, which are two nearby towns, will also broaden one's knowledge of early native history.
North Bay Today
Located on a 263 hectare wooded escarpment overlooking the city sits Canadore College and Nipissing University. Canadore College provides quality, relevant and timely education and training for students provincially, nationally and internationally. Nipissing University is an under-graduate university providing excellence in teacher education and research, arts, science and professional programmes.
In September 2009 a new building was erected for One Kids Place Children's Treatment Centre. This Centre provides assistance for children, youth and families, in the North Bay and surrounding area, with physical, developmental and communication delays and disabilities.
The Learning Library provides 53,000 square meters of library and information resources to the two educational facilities. Public and Separate School systems are also located in North Bay providing education from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
In January 2011 the city celebrated the opening of the new North Bay Regional Health Care Centre, a partnering of The North Bay District Hospital and the Northeast Mental Health Centre.
North Bay is represented in Ottawa by one Member of Parliament and represented in Toronto by a Provincial Member of Parliament. North Bay's Council consists of a Mayor and ten councilors with elections held every four years. The area is serviced by the Municipal, Provincial and Federal Police. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre is also located in North Bay.