Paddling can be a thrilling and immersive experience that allows outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to explore the region’s pristine waterways and embrace the serenity of nature. Whether you prefer the agility of a kayak, the stability of a canoe, or the versatility of a stand-up paddleboard (SUP), North Bay offers endless opportunities for paddling adventures. The city is surrounded by picturesque lakes, including Lake Nipissing and Trout Lake, where paddlers can glide through calm waters, navigate gentle currents, and discover hidden coves and secluded beaches. Kayakers can navigate narrow channels and explore intricate shorelines, while canoers can venture deeper into the wilderness, carrying camping gear and embarking on multi-day excursions. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced paddler, North Bay provides rental services, guided tours, and easy access points for launching your paddle adventure. From tranquil paddles on serene lakes to thrilling whitewater experiences on nearby rivers, paddling in North Bay offers a chance to connect with nature, experience tranquility, and create lasting memories on the water.

Paddle the legendary Mattawa River – the ancient water highway used for generations for transportation and trade by the area’s first people, the Anishinaabe. Trout Lake is home to the North Bay Canoe Club and dragon boat team. It’s not unusual to see races and regattas of young Olympic hopefuls honing their skills. For world-renowned backcountry paddling, North Bay is the gateway to Algonquin Park’s quieter access points at Kiosk and South River. North Bay’s paddling community is supported by some knowledgeable outfitters and rental companies that offer guided and self-guided trips.

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