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Overview of North Bay, Ontario, Canada

Situated between major centres like Toronto, Ottawa, Timmins, and Sudbury, North Bay still carries out its historic function as a passageway for travel, but today it does much more than that. It`s a focal point for transportation, information technology, manufacturing business, and education. Favourable economic conditions and a safe, healthy environment makes for the highest quality of life.

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  • Population: 52,771
  • Population Density: 167.6/km²
  • Area: 314.92 km²
  • Latitude: 46°18' N
  • Longitude: 79°27? W
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Time Zone: Eastern
  • Language: English
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History of North Bay, Ontario

The area was first explored by Samuel de Champlain. Outside of Indian tribes, voyageurs and surveyors, there was little activity in the Lake Nipissing area until the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1882. North Bay was incorporated as a town in 1891. The first mayor was John Bourke. North Bay was incorporated as a city in August 1925. The Dionne Quintuplets were born in Corbeil, Ontario, on the outskirts of North Bay in 1934. This miraculous birth had a tremendous impact on tourism in the area. In fact, the Dionnes may have saved the economy in the district during the Depression and beyond. North Bay and area lived off this legacy well into the 1960's. Many visitors to the area discovered lakes and summer retreats that were easily accessible and the businesses thrived on the tourist dollars.

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North Bay's Demographics

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North Bay's Climate

The climate in North Bay is common to most places in Northern Ontario. North Bay tends to be a less humid climate than that found in Southern Ontario due somewhat to the distance from the Great Lakes and less warm than some other locations in Northern Ontario due to cooling from Lake Nipissing.

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Education in North Bay, Ontario

North Bay is the home of Nipissing University, founded in 1992, and of Canadore College, founded in 1967. Approximately 6,810 full-time students (and thousands more part-time students) are enrolled at the two post-secondary institutions, which share a campus in the west end of the city. North Bay is also home to many elementary and secondary and separate schools.

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Transportation around North Bay, Ontario

North Bay Transit serves most places within the City of North Bay from Monday to Saturday with a shorter service on Sunday.

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Tourism and Attractions of North Bay

North Bay and area is filled with scenery and attractions. The Dionne Museum features the five biggest stars of the world from the 1930s, the Dionne Quintuplets, along with all kinds of other fascinating historical exhibits, displays and artefacts. At the waterfront that you`ll also find the Chief Commanda II, a twin-hull boat that offers a choice of cruises on Lake Nipissing or the Chief Commanda I restaurant which offers you a great sunset while you enjoy a sumptuous dinner. If you visit North Bay in the fall then, be sure to climb aboard the Dream Catcher Express, a fall colour train which travels 100 km northward from North Bay to Temagami, Ontario and returns on the same day. This train excursion allows you to enjoy brilliant fall colours through large viewing windows in the comfort of a passenger car.

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Surrounding Communities

  • North Bay
  • Astorville
  • Crystal Falls
  • Tilden Lake
  • Thorne
  • Eldee
  • Rutherglen
  • Bonfield
  • Chiswick
  • Alderdale
  • Powassan
  • Corbeil
  • Trout Creek
  • Commanda
  • Restoule
  • Nippising
  • Callander
  • Cache Bay
  • Balsaam Creek
  • Cooks Mills
  • Sturgeon Falls

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Geography of North Bay, Ontario

North Bay is located approximately 330 km north of Toronto, Ontario and differs in geography from Southern Ontario in that North Bay is situated on the Canadian Shield. This gives rise to a different and more rugged landscape. North Bay is geographically unique in that it straddles both the Ottawa River watershed to the east and the Great Lakes watershed to the west.

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North Bay's Government

North Bay is governed by a Mayor/Council-Committee-Chief Administrative Officer system. A Mayor and ten councillors are elected to a three-year term.

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North Bay's Economy and Industry

North Bay is somewhat more economically diverse than many other Northern Ontario communities, although a large percentage of the city`s jobs are public sector in nature with education and government dominating the list of the city`s top employers. The service industry, tourism, transportation and manufacturing also play a significant role in the city`s economy.

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North Bay's Culture and Significant Events

North Bay`s Waterfront is home to special events including Canada Day Celebrations on July 1 and the Heritage Festival on the Civic Holiday Weekend in early August.

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Sports in North Bay, Ontario

North Bay has much to offer in the area of sports: excellent golf courses, skiing and snowboarding, snowmobiling, swimming and fishing, just to name a few!

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Media of North Bay

North Bay`s main daily newspaper is the North Bay Nugget. North Bay is also home to quite a few AM and FM radio stations.

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