Cradled between Lake Nipissing and a 70 -meter escarpment, North Bay has an excellent urban trail system for hikers, bikers, cross-country skiers, in-line skaters and joggers. The City's trails take many forms including paved pathways, level walkways and nature trails. The Education Center Trails give you a majestic view of the City.

Through its Trails & Active Transportation planning and partnerships with Discovery Routes and the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA), the City continues to invest in multi-use trails for cycling, rollerblading and for pedestrians. A number of new trail and active transportation initiatives have been completed as a result of this investment.

Historical Walking Tours have been developed and provide an opportunity to enjoy our downtown area and learn more about the history of North Bay.

North Bay Parkland Trails

The Kate Pace Way and the Kinsmen Trail combine to offer 17.5 km of multi-use paved trails from one end of the City to the other. They are part of the Discovery Routes Trail System

North Bay Trails Map

The Kate Pace Way (12.4 km) with new extension

This twelve km pathway, named in honour of Olympic skier and native daughter Kate Pace, is a multi-use trail for walking, jogging, cycling and in-line skating. Along the North Bay Waterfront, those on foot can choose to use the lockstone walkway that follows along North Bay's scenic waterfront. The recreational trails in North Bay are intended for the shared use of walkers, cyclists, in-line skaters and other non-motorized vehicle users.

The Kinsmen Trail (5.1 km)

This exciting greenbelt through the heart of North Bay links with the Kate Pace Way near the waterfront.

The Kinsmen Trail, a parallel paved surface, follows Chippewa Creek as it meanders down the escarpment and empties into Lake Nipissing. The parkway presents countless opportunities for recreation, education and alternatives in transportation. It's the perfect paved surface for bikers and in-line skaters. The trail's easy grade makes walking comfortable for those who are young or young at heart.

The trail crosses a busy Main Street via an overhead, free-span bridge on its way to linking up the Kate Pace Way.

The Black Forest Trails

The City of North Bay officially opened the new Black Forest Trails on Highway 11 North on May 14 2010. The 1.5 km hiking and walking loop takes visitors through beautiful red and white pine forest stands. Working with the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority, the City created pedestal interpretive signs that will be scattered along the trails to provide information on the forest's history, logging, reforestation, and the wildlife found throughout the park.

The goal is that this park and the information contained on these signs will serve as a living classroom for families, groups and schools. The interpretive trail system will provide an opportunity to be active as they walk the trails and learn more about the forest environment at the same time.

Map of Black Forrest Trails

Share the Way

Trails are intended for the shared use of walkers, cyclists, in-line skaters and other non-motorized users. To ensure that everyone is able to enjoy the trail system, please observe the following Courtesy Code:

  • Cyclists and in-line skaters must yield to pedestrians.
  • Travel in single file. Walk, run or roll in a safe consistent and predictable manner.
  • Move completely off the pathway when stopping.
  • Keep to the right except when passing.
  • Sound your bell or call out, "Passing on your left" before passing.
  • Please do not litter; this is your pathway.
  • Please keep your pets on a leash within your lane and remember to clean up after them.
  • ENJOY!