New Trail Initiatives
Waterfront Pedestrian Underpass
In conjunction with Community Waterfront Friends and the DIA, and assistance from Federal and Provincial governments, the Downtown has been linked to Lake Nipissing as first contemplated by City Planners in 1925. The finishing touches are being constructed this year to create a pedestrian crossing of Memorial Drive to the walkway along the Lake Nipissing shoreline and the Downtown connection to the newly treed Oak Street with its new wide sidewalks.
South Extension of Kate Pace Way (from Marshall Ave. to Lakeshore Drive)
In consultation with Discovery Routes and with their financial assistance, the Kate Pace Way will be extended to connect to the new Steve Omischl Sports Field Complex – a distance of 3.2 kilometers (2 miles) along Booth Road. An off road option was unfeasible due to challenges regarding difficult terrain and private property acquisition. Depending on available funding, the trail will be extended easterly along Lakeshore Drive to connect with the existing Kate Pace Way trail and to Callander in the future.
North Extension of Kate Pace Way (from Memorial Dr. to new Hospital)
The reconstruction of Gormanville Road includes an extension of the Kate Pace Way multi-use trail which connects to the new North Bay Regional Health Centre and ultimately to the Education Centre in the future. The connection between Gormanville Road and Memorial Drive will be achieved by marking and lining City streets.
Hammond/Third Avenue/John Street
In partnership with the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority the former CN railway line was cleaned up and a new beautiful natural park setting has been created and is accessible by the Kinsmen Trail. A bridge now crosses Chippewa Creek instead of a tunnel under the tracks and a trail is provided along Third Avenue and crosses John Street for a future link with Laurier Woods Conservation Area.
Black Forest Interpretive Trails
In conjunction with partners, North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA) and Le Chantier, the Black Forest Park was improved to include interpretive trails with attractive signage describing the forest ecosystem.
New Laurier Woods Conservation Area Trails
The City recently donated 6 hectares (15 acres) of City owned land, which was designated for industrial development, to the NBMCA for future planned Laurier Woods trail extensions.
Heritage Site Walking Tour
The Municipal Heritage Committee has developed a map illustrating a walking tour highlighting heritage site plaque locations that have recently been installed.
A map has been developed identifying the locations of these sites, suggested walking routes and distances, as well as the locations of public parking facilities available in the immediate area. The maps are free of charge, from the Parks, Recreation & Leisure Services Department on the 2nd floor at North Bay City Hall,
@ Discovery North Bay Museum and the Chamber of Commerce.
Interested citizens and a larger global audience will soon be able to access the Heritage Site Tour on-line. The Information Services and Planning Departments of the City of North Bay are currently working with the Municipal Heritage Committee to develop a website that will allow virtual visitors to scroll over various heritage site locations on an interactive map to retrieve profiles and pictures for all of these historic sites.
Kennedy Park and Champlain Park Trails
Recently constructed trails within these well established parks will enable easier maneuvering for pedestrians.