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North Bay, ON, Canada

North Bay vacation rentals

North Bay is small-town Ontario at its most enchanting

Served by a small airport with regular flights from Toronto, North Bay is an idyllic spot for a restful weekend break. And with plenty of centrally located North Bay vacation rentals to pick from, you can find a home-away-from-home to suit all your needs. The bustling downtown area is compact enough to explore by foot, but packed with an array of colorful markets, independent shops, stimulating cultural attractions, and restaurants serving everything from freshly prepared sushi to authentic Italian wood-fired pizza.

Lazy lakeside living in North Bay

North Bay’s naturally stunning lakeside location makes it a haven for lovers of the great outdoors at all times of year. During the warmer months, the local beaches throng with visitors as they splash around in crystal-clear waters, and soak up the sun whilst lounging on soft sand. Lake Nipissing is also a popular fishing destination, as it’s teeming with bass, muskies, and giant northern pike. If you’re visiting in winter, you can enjoy thrill-packed days of downhill skiing or snowboarding at Laurentian Ski Hill, located mere minutes by car from the town center. Or for a real adrenalin rush, jump on a snowmobile and embark on a high-speed dash through the nearby forests.

Gallery hopping in downtown North Bay

You’ll find a host of diverting attractions within easy reach of your North Bay vacation rental. The town center is scattered with boutique art galleries, which showcase an eclectic array of contemporary Canadian art. Head to the Line Gallery to check out sublime sketches and drawings, or the Birchlea Gallery for vibrant watercolors. If you really want to get to grips with local culture, be sure to swing by the Discovery North Bay Museum, which plays host to an ever-rotating program of exhibitions exploring the region’s past and present. If you’re in search of evening entertainment, the Capitol Centre is where you can enjoy theater productions, live music, and rib-tickling stand-up comedy.

North Bay’s summer days and snowy winters

The summer months of June to August form North Bay’s peak visitor season. Days are long and pleasantly warm, with plenty of sunshine. Demand for North Bay vacation rentals is high at this time, so early booking is recommended. Temperatures begin to tumble around September, and are often far below freezing for much of the long winter. If skiing isn’t your thing, this is the time to try your hand at ice fishing, or to explore the stunning, snow-covered countryside on horseback.

Discover fragrant forests and secluded islands

Proximity to unspoiled nature is undoubtedly one of North Bay’s biggest draws as a visitor destination. Breathtaking beauty spots like Laurier Woods are a dream come true for birdwatchers – the keen-eyed among you may catch sight of a blue-winged teal or American goldfinch. If you really feel like getting away from it all, jump on a boat and set sail for Manitou Islands Provincial Park, in the center of Lake Nipissing. Here, you’ll find dense foliage, a sandy beach, and over 50 species of birds.