At Home Resources

During this time of social distancing we understand it’s hard to stay engaged and keep active.  This page is here to provide you with activities, contests, resources and tools to assist with this.  We will continue to update and add new resources on a weekly basis.

The Arts, Culture, Recreation & Leisure Services Department understands how important it is for people of all ages to stay mentally and physically healthy during these times.  Our Department Team is working hard to provide a one-stop shop toolkit for our residents. Although this might not be traditional we are working within social-distancing guidelines to provide educational and fun activities along with helpful resources. 

Be sure to follow The City of North Bay on Facebook as well for updates.

Virtual Events

Virtual Tours

360 degrees

Can’t visit that place on your bucket list now’s a perfect time to do it virtually.

Amazing Wonders of the World, Landmarks & Places

Virtual Train Rides

  • Royal Gorge Route Railroad, United States
    Royal Gorge Route Railroad train takes passengers through the Royal Gorge canyon in Colorado
  • Flåm Railway, Norway
    Running through Bergen's fjord landscape, the Flam Railway is one of the most stunning train journeys in the world.
  • Bernina Express, Switzerland
    The Bernina Express takes passengers through the Swiss Alps with picturesque views of green valleys and snowy mountains.
  • Noto Railway, Japan
    This video features the journey from Anamizu to Wakura Onsen.
  • Belgrade–Bar Railway, Serbia
    This video shows a trip on the Belgrade–Bar Railway line, which travels between the Serbian capital and Montenegro in the Balkans.

Free Museum Tours

Callendar Museum

Online Virtual Tour

The Royal Tyyrell Museum - Alberta, Canada

The Royal Tyrrell Museum lets you wonder the museum and look at all the dinosaurs via Google Maps.

Canadian Museum of History - Quebec, Canada

Canadian Museum of History has 95 online exhibits to explore

Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, United States

The 3D experience tour allows you to actually walk through the museum.

Museum of Fine Arts - Boston, United States

16 virtual exhibits about all things fashion are available.

NASA – Houston, United States

You can download an app that gives you a look into the Houston Space Center or you can use the virtual gallery and see a 360 degree view of the galaxy. 

Detroit Institute of Arts – Detroit, United States

Modern art, realism, impressionism and more are part of their online exhibits.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History – Washington, United States

This interactive tour lets you wonder the halls, alone, and take in history. 

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum – Santa Fe, United States

There are five virtual exhibits that display Georgia O’Keeffe’s work, from modernism to watercolors.

Getty Museum – Los Angeles, United States

There are two online exhibits to pick from with lots of color, history and life lessons.

Winchester Mystery House – San Jose California, United States

Check of the Winchester Mystery House website for a full video tour.

The Louvre – Paris, France

Have a look at some virtual tours being offered by France’s most famous museum.

Rijksmuseum – Amsterdam, Netherlands

This tour is guided by Google Arts & Culture.

Van Gogh Museum –Amsterdam, Netherlands

This virtual exhibit always you to walk and view Van Gogh’s beautiful artwork.

The Vatican Museum – Vatican City, Southern Europe

Enjoy a virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel and more.

Famous Building Tours

Parliament Building – Ottawa, Canada

Visit Parliament with videos of Parliament 360.

Free Theme Park Tours

Legoland Florida Resort – Florida, United States

That’s right kids you get to see a virtual tour of Legoland. 

SeaWorld – Orlando, United States

SeaWorld’s is offering an interactive virtual tour of their grounds.

Walt Disney World – Florida, United States

If you haven’t been, this 360-degree panorama is the next best thing.

You can even find ride videos on YouTube.

Free Zoo and Aquarium Tours

Atlanta Zoo – Atlanta, United States

The Panda Cam will keep you amazed for hours. 

Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati, United States

A daily Facebook live stream (usually around 3pm) lets you know what’s happening at the Cincinnati Zoo.

You can also see the 4-season diary of a baby hippo named Fiona their Facebook page.

Georgia Aquarium –Goergia, United States

You can watch a live stream video of the beluga whales.  Whoa!

Houston Zoo – Houston, Untied States

There are plenty of live webcam options to pick from.  You can watch gorillas, rhinos, ants, elephants, flamingos and more.

Monterey Bay Aquarium – Monterey Bay, United States

There are 10 different 24-hour live cams to choose from to see your favorite marina animals.

National Aquarium – Baltimore, United States

Take an interactive virtual tour of each floor.

San Diego Zoo – San Diego, United States

11 Live cams let you watch giraffes, elephants, koalas, panda, tigers and much more.

 

Contests

Contest!

It’s never been a better time to participate in fun contests.

Online Certificates/Courses

There are many online certificates and courses being offered virtually during this time of social distancing.

 

Children’s Activities

The below activities and resources are great for children 9 to 11.

Youth Activities

The below activities are great for youth 12 to 17.

  • Card Trick Tutorial
  • Virtual Paint Nights
  • Cooking with Teens
  • Driveway Chalk Art
    • Write messages of positivity and gratitude on your driveway with sidewalk chalk for passersby, waste management workers, delivery men & women and mail carriers.
  • Send letters of Hope & Love to Seniors Homes during this Pandemic
    • Empire Living Centre: 425 Fraser St, North Bay, ON P1B 3X1
    • Marina Point Village: 225 Oak St W, North Bay, ON P1B 0A9
    • Chartwell Barclay House Retirement Residence: 600 Chippewa St W, North Bay, ON P1B 9E7
    • Waters Edge Care Community: 401 William St, North Bay, ON P1A 1X5
    • Cassellholme: 400 Olive St W, North Bay, ON P1B 6J4
  • Check In with Family Members and Friends
    • Phone calls, letters, emails, video chats and messenger apps
  • Virtual Book Clubs
  • Virtual Dinner Parties or Coffee Dates
    • Choose the same meal, or just something you really like to eat, and enjoy virtual conversation while eating your meal or drinking your coffee.
  • Partner Work Outs
    • Choose the same workout and workout together with a friend or family member virtually.  Keep each other motivated and accountable and plan to work out weekly or daily
  • Board Games & Card Games
    • Choose one person to set up the game board, move the game pieces and even throw the dice OR everyone sets up the same board and moves simultaneously.  Schedule the game night the same day of the week but chose a different game each week.  It will be something you look forward to weekly.

Online Resources

Below are great online resources to support you during this time.

For more information or if you have any great activities or resource ideas please contact:

Contacts

Erin Vaughan
 Community Event Facilitator
 (705) 474-0400 x2312