About North Bay

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-hour drive from Toronto and a 3.5-hour drive from 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.

Want a glimpse into life in North Bay? Watch this video with music by local artist Holly Cunningham.

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.


Statistics Canada, 2011 Census of Population identified the total population of North Bay and area as 64,043, with 31,025 males and 33,020 females.  The median age of North Bay residents is 42.9 years old and 85% of the population is over the age of 14.  


Statistics Canada, 2011 Census – First language:

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**The Statistics Canada 2011 Census information reflects the Census Agglomeration of North Bay. This means that the population includes the neighbouring municipalities of East Ferris, Callander and Bonfield. 

**The Statistics Canada 2011 Census did not have a mandatory long form component, compromising the accuracy of the data, particularly for smaller cities. This has been acknowledged by Statistics Canada. 

Nipissing University and Canadore College are a driving force in North Bay's economy attracting more than 7,000 students to the area. Renowned programs between the two institutions include Canadore College's Aviation Program and Nipissing University's Bachelor of Education Program.

A man crouching in front of rapids touching water A man in a hat looks at produce at the local Farmers Market

Want to learn more about the City of North Bay from some local newcomers?

Watch the video!


The City of North Bay presents you with Bay-Cam, a camera taking live pictures from various locations around City Hall.

Camera 1: Worthington Street

 Camera 2: Lake Nipissing