Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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.

Activities

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.

Weather

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.

Natural features

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.

How to get there

Traveling to and around North Bay

The nearest airport is in North Bay, ON (YYB-Jack Garland), located 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around North Bay?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 44 vacation rentals near North Bay. From 22 Cottages to 22 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near North Bay for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to North Bay?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in North Bay. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • North Bay Regional Health Centre: 43 vacation rentals
  • Steve Omischl Sports Field Complex: 44 vacation rentals
  • Nipissing University: 48 vacation rentals
  • North Bay Area Museum: 43 vacation rentals
  • Laurentian Ski Hill: 42 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around North Bay listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in North Bay?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 22 Cottages in North Bay. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in North Bay include:

  • Cabins: 22 rentals available
  • Houses: 18 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 22 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with internet/wifi in North Bay?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with internet/wifi among our 27 vacation rentals with internet/wifi available in North Bay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.