The Best Ways to Experience Winter in North Bay

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What’s the best thing about Northeastern Ontario, you ask? Well, it could be that you can drive less than 10 minutes from any urban centre and find yourself in our #1 attraction: Nature.

Northeastern Ontario is a four-season destination, but with the onset of winter, we have a whole other playground to offer.

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And when you choose to stay at the Clarion Resort Pinewood Park, a local hotel, resort and conference centre, you have the opportunity to package with the following activities:


Battalion OHL home games/ Outdoor skating rinks

Now with the return of an OHL hockey team, the North Bay Battalion, you can enjoy a fast-paced, exciting game at the North Bay Memorial Gardens. Or, bring your skates and glide along one of the many outdoor skating rinks. Click here for a list of available rinks around the city.

And upon your return to Clarion Resort, wind-down with a sauna, hot tub or even a dip in the outdoor heated pool.

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North Bay is a hub city for snowmobiling, right smack in the middle of 3,400 km of trails! The North Bay Snowmobile Club provides trail information and conditions to riders, but to get an avid snowmobiler’s insight on snowmobiling in the area, read his article here

Clarion Resort is strategically located as a starting point for both the RAP (Round Algonquin Park) and RAN (Ride Around Nipissing) tours, and proves to be a snowmobile-friendly facility by offering the ability to leave vehicles and trailers on-site for days, by carrying permits and trail maps for your convenience, as well as by boasting a 24-hour secure snowmobile lockup with 12-foot fences.

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Downhill skiing and snowboarding

With just a short drive from downtown North Bay, you can hit the slopes at the Laurentian Ski Hill, where rentals are available to skiers and snowboarders. First time? Hop on over to the bunny hill and receive beginner lessons.

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Cross-country and snowshoeing

If downhill isn’t your thing, there are an incredible amount of trails in the area, and many cross-country clubs who offer snowshoe or ski rentals. Here is a sample:

Take the snowshoeing trek through red and white pines to the picturesque waterfall of the Eau Claire Gorge. Read this Backroads Bill article to learn more on its formation and logging history.

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Ice fishing

Take the kids ice fishing on Lake Nipissing in a rented hut, or a bungalow fully outfitted with the comforts of home. My recent article provides information on ice fishing Lake Nipissing if you are new to the idea, are looking to introduce a friend or are trying to get the kids involved. Or, start by checking out this round-up of ice fishing operators.

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Horseback rides and dog sledding

Winter horseback trail riding is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy beautiful scenery with Stoneoaks Riding Stable, approximately 15 min. from Clarion Resort.

For the more adventurous at heart, try your hand at mushing an Alaskan dog sled team into Algonquin Park with Chocpaw Expeditions, just a short trip away. Experience the whisk of snow beneath your sled’s skis and the cohesive pull of a well-trained team as you glide into the heart of Ontario’s premiere nature reserve.

Check out these North Bay operators for other accommodation and package options:

Best Western (snowmobile-friendly)

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