Despite being surrounded by urban activity, Laurier Woods is a natural 240-acre haven in the heart of the city. Its preservation has been overseen by dedicated citizens of the Friends of Laurier Woods and the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority. Over time, a series of overlapping looped trails have been developed. The provincially significant wetland complex is home to a tremendous diversity of birds and wetland species. Guided hikes are offered in the spring and an ongoing tally of wildlife spotted in the marsh is posted at the trailhead.