Winter Wonderland Unveiled: Discovering the Charms of Downtown North Bay & Waterfront


Welcome to 2024: A Heartfelt Thank You to the Community

As the frosty winds of winter embrace North Bay, we step into 2024 with warmth in our hearts and gratitude for the incredible support shown by our community in 2023. The unseasonably warm weather has set a unique backdrop for this winter, creating a perfect environment to explore the charm and vibrancy of Downtown North Bay & Waterfront.

Photo credit: Garrett Campbell (Parkette at Fraser & Main W)


Eat: A Culinary Adventure Awaits

Embark on a culinary journey through the diverse restaurants and eateries that grace Downtown North Bay. From the exotic flavors of My Thai Palace and the Cedar Tree Lebanese restaurant to the savory offerings at Lou Dawgs and Motown Pies, the options are endless. Opera Bakery Cafe and East Oak Fusion offer delightful twists to traditional fare, while The Moose Cookhouse, The Block and Cecil's Brewhouse & Grill promise a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. Fast food enthusiasts can indulge in Domino's Pizza, Subway, Pizza Pizza, and 2-4-1 Pizza.

For those with a sweet tooth, High Class Variety on Main West and Downtown Variety on Main East provide delectable snacks, unique treats, and familiar candy. Don't forget to explore Wedesi India Mart and Spices Village for a taste of South Asian and Indian cuisine. Downtown's bakeries and specialty shops, including Culture Club micro-bakery, Good Glaze Doughnuts, Little Bitty Plant Cafe, and Fresh Italian Eats, promise delightful surprises and culinary treasures.

Photo credit: The Culture Club (Mortadella sandwich)


Shop: Retail Therapy in the Heart of Downtown

Indulge in retail therapy with an array of shopping options available in Downtown North Bay. From women's and children's clothing stores to toy shops, men's dress wear, and furniture stores, the choices are diverse. Explore hobby stores catering to games, antiques, vinyl, knitting, crystals, stationery, as well as jewelry stores and a goldsmith. Gift shops, an adult store, and a supplements shop add to the shopping experience, ensuring there's something for everyone.

Photo credit: The Annex by Cheapskates


Live: A Community Hub for Living Well

Downtown North Bay is more than just a commercial hub; it's a place to live well. Two local churches stand as pillars of the community, alongside service-based businesses such as lawyers, accountants, banks, architects, optometrists, bicycle repair shops, pharmacies, and a multi-cultural centre. The local Chamber of Commerce, a driving school, co-working spaces, salons, and barbershops contribute to the community's well-being. The City of North Bay's transit terminal is conveniently located in the core, connecting residents to the city and beyond.


Play: Unleashing the Fun

Discover the vibrant entertainment scene in Downtown North Bay. Whether you're into fitness with spin classes, body art at tattoo studios, or indoor fun at a children's playground, there's something for every age group. Art enthusiasts can explore galleries, while history buffs can visit the museum. The local theatre offers live performances and screenings, making it a hub of cultural experiences.

Photo credit: The Capitol Centre (Ultimate Potter Weekend)


Construction: Transforming Main Street

Amidst the winter festivities, Main Street undergoes a transformative journey. The Making Over Main Street project, with two of its five sections completed in 2023, gears up for further progress. Construction is slated to begin at Main St and Ferguson in April, with a projected completion by mid-October. The evolving landscape adds an air of anticipation and excitement to Downtown North Bay.

Photo credit: The City of North Bay (Block 5 completion, Main St E between Sherbrooke and Wyld)


Winter Parking Perks: Free and Convenient

Navigating Downtown North Bay during winter is made easier with free parking options. Enjoy one hour of on-street parking with a receipt from the pay & display machine. For extended visits, make use of the two hours of free parking in Lot 2 on Oak West and Lot 4, the parking garage on McIntyre St W, with a receipt from the pay & display machine. The convenience extends with the Passport Parking Canada app, allowing you to add additional time after your initial free parking period.

Embrace the winter wonderland that is Downtown North Bay & Waterfront. Eat, shop, live, play, and witness the transformative journey of construction—each aspect contributing to the unique tapestry of this vibrant community. As we venture into 2024, let's celebrate the spirit of togetherness and the rich offerings that Downtown North Bay has to offer.

Photo credit: Garrett Campbell (North Bay Museum)

October 14, 2022

Fall is here, and Downtown North Bay & Waterfront is ready for it!

Store windows are decorated for autumn. We're loving Creative Learning's window.

Clothing stores are highlighting their fall looks; check out the window from The Annex. Junior World is ready for the snow with their  winter clothing hitting the shelves. Splurge Fine Clothing for Women is ready to dress you for fall.

Fall flavours are here too! The Opera Bakery Cafe has created Caramel Apple Mini Cakes.

Craving a pumpkin spice latte? Good Glaze doughnuts has you covered.

Oak East Eatery is bringing the taste of fall to their milkshakes.

Looking for fall decor? The Abbey has so much to choose from.

If you're looking to move your body, Revolve Cycle offers your first ride with them for free. The kiddos can run around and play at Northern Tikes, and they even some coffee for parents. You can also pick up tickets for the North Bay Museums Haunted Hikes, and enjoy a 60-minutes guided tour.





June 1, 2023

Discover the Vibrant Heart of North Bay - Downtown North Bay & Waterfront

Welcome to Downtown North Bay & Waterfront, where local businesses come together to create a vibrant and thriving community. As a Business Improvement Area (BIA) mandated by provincial legislation, we strive to enhance the business climate and quality of life in our neighborhood. Join us as we take a closer look at what makes Downtown North Bay a must-visit destination for residents, tourists, and everyone in between.

Photo of Main Street West

Explore the Charm of Downtown North Bay

Experience the unique charm of our walkable neighborhood, just a five-minute stroll from the picturesque Lake Nipissing waterfront. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere, with local businesses ranging from delightful restaurants and bakeries to one-of-a-kind shops and professional services. Indulge your senses and uncover the hidden gems that make Downtown North Bay truly special.

Bay Block Party and Food Fest logos with crowd photo from event

Exciting Events and Festivals

Downtown North Bay is a hub of activity throughout the year, hosting an array of neighborhood festivals and events. Join us for our lively Downtown Gallery Hops, where you can discover the creativity of local artists. Don't miss the North Bay Farmer's Market, where you can find fresh produce and unique handmade products. And mark your calendar for our annual Bay Block Party and Christmas Walk, where the community comes together for unforgettable moments.

Unwind and Enjoy the Waterfront

Take advantage of our proximity to the breathtaking Lake Nipissing waterfront. Enjoy stunning views, take a leisurely stroll along the beach, or embark on a memorable cruise on the Chief Commanda. With attractions like a charming carousel and a mini train, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Experience the natural beauty and tranquility that sets our neighborhood apart.


Free Parking for Your Convenience

We understand the importance of convenience, which is why we offer one hour of free on-street parking with a receipt. For longer visits, make use of our generous two-hour free parking in Lots 2, 4, and 10. Enjoy your time exploring Downtown North Bay without worrying about parking fees. Add more time as needed with the Passport Parking Canada app.


Discover the essence of Downtown North Bay & Waterfront, where East meets enjoyment, and shopping meets small-town charm. We invite you to rediscover the heart of North Bay, support local businesses, and create unforgettable memories. Plan your visit today and experience all that Downtown North Bay has to offer.

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