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City Amenities with a Small-Town Feel: Why People are Making the Move Up to North Bay

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With the high cost of living in Canada’s large urban centres, people are looking for a better quality of life in smaller communities. 

Nestled between two beautiful lakes, North Bay is home to 53,000 residents who are welcoming and culturally diverse, with over 90 languages spoken. Only three hours from Toronto, North Bay is an idyllic place to relocate, invest, and raise a family. A recent ranking highlights the city as the second most affordable in Ontario to buy real estate and North Bay has been recognized as one of the top 20 best investment locations in Canada, with the average commute to work of just 15 minutes. With those types of accolades, it’s no wonder people are discovering North Bay. 


A city with an entrepreneurial spirit 

With a strong ecosystem in place to support entrepreneurship and investment, North Bay is the perfect place to start or relocate your business. Known as the Gateway to the North, the city is conveniently located at the crossroads of transcontinental highways, railways, and air and fibre-optic routes. Multinational corporations and local entrepreneurs already know how connected the region is, with easy access to global markets and its recognized fast mobile networks. 

North Bay embraces collaboration and connectivity among businesses and community partners, in turn, fostering a supportive ecosystem that encourages growth and innovation. The Economic Development team is available to assist with all aspects of business development, from access to capital, location review, and site selection to grand opening and community integration. The team engages a network of community partners to help companies access services, resources, and funding programs that support innovation, capital requirements and talent recruitment, settlement, and development. 

To further enhance business development in the region, the community is home to educational institutions and training facilities that support the local workforce. With a wide spectrum of customized training opportunities, programs are designed and tailored to meet the changing needs of industry, making it possible to find readily available, highly skilled, and well-educated talent.

Nature at its best

But it’s not all work in North Bay; the city provides a perfect environment for those seeking work-life balance and has the infrastructure to meet the needs of residents, including access to education and health care, reliable transportation, and diverse dining and entertainment options.  

Boasting more than 100 kilometres of trails and multi-use pathways, 43 beaches and lake access points, and more than 70 parks and green spaces, the city is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Residents and visitors embrace the region’s four distinct seasons and are spoiled for choice when it comes to activities such as kayaking, boating, hiking, and cycling, in the spring, summer, and fall, and skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing in the winter. 

Along with an abundance of natural amenities, North Bay also shows off its vibrant artistic community, with festivals, events, museums, and multiple galleries. 

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