North Bay, Ontario has been historically considered the “Gateway of the North”. One of the greatest things about living in North Bay is the quality of life – located between two large lakes our city has forests, rivers and even a small waterfall. Just a 3.5 hour drive from Toronto and Ottawa, the opportunities that exist in North Bay combine the beauty of nature with the chance to grow, learn and develop as a professional in an economically diverse city.
There are many unique and interesting things about North Bay. The waterfront on Lake Nipissing is home to a passenger cruise boat called the Chief Commanda II and features the Heritage Railway & Carousel Company. The waterfront area is a focal point in North Bay for both tourists and residents. There is a marina for boats, beautiful gardens and lots of park space to play and beaches to swim in.
One of the most notable things about this city is that every year for two weeks in July, you'll probably see a lot of shad flies all over the city.
What are shad flies? Well...they are tiny flies that come from Lake Nipissing in large numbers. They quickly find something to stick to and then die off within a couple of days. What's funny about them is that they don't have mouths, so they can't eat or bite. Oddly enough, lots of Shad Flies signify a healthy fishing season for the coming year.