seven ways to FALL in love with North Bay

by | Sep 22, 2023 | Fall, News, Outdoor Adventure, Tourism Activities & Experiences

As we welcome the cooler weather and warmer sweaters, we also bare witness to the sun dancing on the water and the sun shining through the trees onto leaves that are turning a vibrant shade of red, orange and gold and it gives you the feeling of being transported into another world.

Here are the top seven ways to FALL in love with North Bay:


Paddling is one of our favourite outdoor activities in North Bay and there is no better way to witness the beauty of the leaves changing than a gentle paddle on Trout Lake. With Sisu Adventure Rentals kitting you out with the right gear, and giving you tips on some more exclusive paddling locations you will remember this adventure in years to come. Or if a guided journey is more your style than Shelly from Nature Bound offers guided tours with an interpretive twist.

seven ways to fall in love with north bay

Paddling in Fall – credit Chris Mayne



Take a leisurely stroll on the Kate Pace Way starting alongside the picturesque shores of Lake Nipissing before your wind yourself back into encompassing sections of trees, streams, and nature. Alternatively, visit Laurier Woods, Laurentian Escarpment, or hike beautiful Duchesnay Fall and watch the water cascading down the rugged cliffs among the autumn leaves.

Fall hiking in North Bay

Hike Laurier Woods in Fall



The Laurentian Escarpment runs through North Bay and is home to multiple mountain biking trails covering a wide range of terrain and features including Three Towers Trail Network, Laurentian Escarpment Conservation Area, Education Centre Trails, Tupper Trials, The Ridge and The Monastery Trails. There is a riding style for everyone; no matter the experience or skill. Cross country, sandy berms, fast, flowy, granite ridges, rock drops, steep climbs; North Bay has them all and you’ll be surrounded by the vibrant colours of Fall.

Or if gravel and road is more to your liking then try the Red Toque Tour.

seven ways to fall in love with North Bay

Cycle the Laurentian Escarpment in Fall


Power Sports

The Voyageur Multi-Use Trail System (VMUTS) occupies a superbly scenic area between the ancient Algonquin Highlands and Laurentian Mountains, bordered by the Mattawa and Ottawa Rivers and is a perfect way for viewing the beauty of Fall. The trails comprise mainly of old, forest-covered logging roads with river/stream crossings (many via bridges and culverts) and suits the needs of novice, intermediate and advanced riders whether it be by ATV, side x side, dirt bike, mountain bike or 4×4. The trails are arrayed from the Trail Head in clearly marked loops of various lengths and levels of difficulty. It would take more than two weeks to experience VMUTS in its entirety, however day passes for visitors are available.

seven ways to fall in love with North Bay

Discover the VMUTS trail in Fall – credit: Jeff McGirr


Scenic Fall Colours Tour

With cooler temperatures among us and the beautiful foliage starting to turn, Laurentian Ski Hill is offering the opportunity to experience panoramic views of the city with unlimited chair lift rides and guided hikes down the hill and among the trees.  On Friday, September 29th and Saturday, September 30th, Laurentian Ski Hill will be running their inaugural Scenic Fall Colours Tour event that also includes live entertainment, family activities, food (at extra cost) and the North Bay Battalion are excited to be coming on the Saturday from 3:00pm – 5:00pm to participant in the Fall activities and meet the community.

There is also a stay and play package with Holiday Inn Express which includes a night stay for a family of 4, a family pass to the Laurentian Ski Hill and a locally curated gift basket.

seven ways to fall in love with north bay

Fall in North Bay – credit: Britta McBride


Leisure Farms

Located 30 minutes west of North Bay and for the whole month of October, Leisure Farms host their annual Pumpkin Patch event. Expect to spend a full morning or afternoon having fun braving the haunted barn, keeping warm by the bonfire in the bush, getting lost in the corn maze, loading up the pumpkin canon, taking the obligatory picture beside the mountain of pumpkins, decorating a free pumpkin, and enjoying a free cookie and hot chocolate for kids aged between 1 – 99. It’s not a day you want to miss so pre book your tickets to ensure you don’t miss out.

Social snap in front of the pumpkin patch at Leisure Farms – credit: mapleandgumtravels


From Above

Take in the magic of Fall with a birds eye view over the beautiful Laurentian Escarpment with Helicopters Canada. Create your own itinerary with flights ranging anywhere from 12 minutes to 2.5hours and accommodating groups or single passengers. See this vibrant city from a picturesque view and witness the beautiful expanse of the surrounding area.

Birds Eye View of the Fall colours in North Bay – credit: Helicopters Canada


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