By Shaina Amienyi
North Bay
Canada
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Festivals, natural attractions, and special events bring vacationers from all over the world to North Bay, Ontario, Canada. Its number of amenities and activities (such as dog sledding, sleigh riding, and kayaking, to name a few) make it a popular year-round destination.

North Bay Jack Garland Airport (YYB) is the main entry point into the city EscapeWizard.com invites you to visit the following link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to book your flight to North Bay, Ontario. Whether you are interested in hotels, lodges, or bed and breakfasts, North Bay has accommodations that are sure to please. For assistance choosing accommodations, see our recommended choices below, which includes our top selection, the Holiday Inn Express. Then book with us by clicking this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to the hotel section of EscapeWizard.com.

The city of North Bay has a long history, one that vacationers can learn about at Discovery North Bay. Housed in the former Canadian Pacific Railway station, this museum provides archival footage of North Bay and has hosted exhibits on topics like the Ice Age and Canadian rare and endangered plants.

Part of North Bay’s appeal is its proximity to water. Vacationers have their choice of Trout Lake or Lake Nipissing to have some fun in the water. At either location, you can fish, swim, kayak, sail, water ski, windsurf, wakeboard, or canoe. If you do not want to get in the water, EscapeWizard.com suggests enjoying the sun and sand at any of 42 beach access points. The activities do not stop in the winter. Vacationers wanting to stay active can try ice fishing, downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing, and snowmobiling. The Sturgeon River, Duchesnay Falls, and the Algonquin Provincial Park also provide opportunities for adventure.

North Bay has an array of venues for your shopping pleasure. The North Bay Mall has over 60 businesses for you to choose from. Northgate Shopping Centre is a larger shopping area with a combination of independent retailers and major chain stores. For a shopping destination with a different flair, EscapeWizard.com suggests going downtown to continue your shopping adventure. There are over 200 shops and services to provide you with whatever you need, including art galleries, boutiques with men’s and women’s clothing, gift shops, and more. EscapeWizard.com recommends staying downtown to unwind after shopping. The bars and nightclubs are great places to relax and enjoy live music. During the summer downtown hosts live music concerts in its parks.

North Bay offers one-of-a-kind festivals and events that we at EscapeWizard.com recommend experiencing. During Labor Day weekend, you can witness an amazing cultural experience: the Nipissing First Nation Traditional Powwow. If you visit during July, go to the Summer in the Park Festival. There are musical headliners at night and vendors and activities during the day, including the annual Northern Ontario Open Country Singing Contest. If interested in Franco-Canadian culture, you will not want to miss Le Carnaval des Compagnons which celebrates Franco-Ontarian culture through music, dance, tournaments, shows, and games.

North Bay, Ontario offers a variety of activities for all seasons, including hiking, golfing, swimming, and skiing. Its location between Lake Nipissing and Trout Lake contributes to the natural beauty of the city. To book your next vacation to this fun-filled city, click on the above link to EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in North Bay
By Sandy O\'Neal
Holiday Inn Express
1325 Seymour Street, North Bay, ON
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When your travels take you to Ontario, there is no better place to stay than the Holiday Inn Express. It is conveniently located to an array of things to see and do. The business traveler will find that the hotel is in close proximity to quite a few major businesses. If you are traveling to the area by air, the hotel is just 9 km from the North Bay Jack Garland Airport (YYB).  The hotel is 100% non-smoking. If you are traveling with your 4-legged friend, you will be pleased to know that the hotel is pet friendly. Check in is 3:00 p.m. and check out is noon.

There are 116 guest rooms spanning 5 floors. Room amenities include TV with access to in-room movies and video games, work desk with lamp, coffee maker, and high speed internet access with wireless capabilities.

During your stay, keep up with your conditioning routine with a visit to the 24-hour fitness center. It is equipped with an elliptical machine, stationary bike, and treadmills. If is also equipped with a TV that you can watch during your workout.  After your grueling workout, you may want to take a refreshing swim in the indoor pool.

The business traveler will find that the Business Center is well equipped with all the conveniences of the office; a PC is available with internet access. There is also wireless data connection available in the hotel’s public space.

If you are looking to host a meeting, the hotel has more than 3,000 square feet of versatile space that will accommodate 100 people. It is equipped with a DVD player, VDR, projector, flip chart & markers, lectern, and microphone.

Before you head out in the morning, stop by the Great Room and enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast. You can enjoy the Holiday Inn signature cinnamon rolls, delicious hot coffee, eggs, omelets, cereal, yogurt, and much more.

All in all, the Holiday Inn Express in North Ontario is an excellent choice. EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next stay by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).