Downtown Waterfront


North Bay Downtown Waterfront Master Plan

The final draft of the Downtown Waterfront Master Plan was presented to Council on March 1, 2017. The full report and presentation can be found online.

Downtown Inc. Revitalization Committee

According to a mandate letter between Invest North Bay Development Corporation and Downtown Inc., the committee is responsible for:
• Providing strategic leadership on the renewal and revitalization activities of Invest North Bay Development Corporation relating to improving the broader downtown core;
• Creating an annual list of strategic priorities and actions encompassing a multi-stakeholder approach to downtown and waterfront development;
• Identifying key metrics associated with achieving the approved goals of Downtown Inc. to ensure progress;
• Serving Invest North Bay Development Corporation as the unified voice of the stakeholders of the downtown with regards to the development of strategic plans and the activities supporting these plans;
• Providing bi-monthly reports, including budget requests, to Invest North Bay Development Corporation to measure progress against Invest North Bay Development Corporation-approved goals relating to downtown development; and
• Maintaining a focus on strategic level activities while gaining and providing insight to groups already in existence around operational issues.

The broad-based committee of community members is led by two co-chairs and its mandate will be reviewed every two years. 

Committee members:

Katie Bevan, The FARM
Shawn Chorney, Canadore College*
Holly Cunningham, Near North Media Lab  
John Demeis, Descon Group
Timothy Hutchison, Hutchison Insurance
Rob Jamieson, Century 21 Blue Sky Region Realty Inc.
Nathan Jensen, Mitchell Jensen Architects
Jake Lacourse, Kennedy Insurance
John Lechlitner, Cecil’s Brewhouse and Kitchen
Brad Minogue, Coldwell Banker Peter Minogue Real Estate Brokerage
Geoff Richardson, Downtown Improvement Area
Sohail Rouhani, RE/MAX Legend Real Estate Inc.*
Darryl Vaillancourt



North Bay's waterfront is one of the City’s most valued amenities. People are using the waterfront area for a wide variety of purposes; some of which include swimming, boating, fishing, rollerblading or just plain relaxing while watching a beautiful Lake Nipissing sunset. Upon the arrival of winter, North Bay's waterfront becomes a main attraction for ice-fishing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.

The pedestrian underpass allows citizens and visitors to visit and enjoy the Downtown and the waterfront as one. To help further boost this unique community asset, opportunities for new compatible commercial development in the vicinity of the marina are continually being sought by the city. Contact a member of the Economic Development Team to find out how you can relocate your business to this highly desirable area of the City. 

Amenities of North Bay's Waterfront:


North Bay’s downtown has numerous retail, professional and personal services, restaurants, and hotels. We pride ourselves on attracting local entrepreneurs who have unique products and services to offer.

The City of North Bay has demonstrated its commitment to a healthy downtown through projects such as the “Big Dig”, the acquisition and restoration of the former CP Rail lands, construction of a transit terminal and the establishment of the Downtown Improvement Area (DIA).

Numerous new businesses opened in our downtown core, which points to the continued success of the Downtown Community Improvement Plan (DCIP). The DCIP is a series of City-funded incentive programs designed to stimulate private-sector investment in the downtown core.

Since completing the downtown investment attraction study, in partnership with the DIA, the Economic Development Department has implemented several strategies, including undertaking the community’s first ever Vacant Building Tour. The downtown vacant building tour was a way of engaging the real estate community and City departments and officials in showcasing 15 buildings which attracted local attention and investors from across the region.

The WIN THIS SPACE initiative encouraged entrepreneurship in the downtown with one grand prize of a one-year lease (up to $15,000, not including utilities or leasehold improvements), plus additional prizes from various sponsor donations, including valuable in-kind professional service. For more information, visit WIN THIS SPACE

Nathan and John Serran, owners of SugarDaddy Cupcakes & Catering are the winners of the 2017 Downtown Improvement Area's Win This Space contest.

“North Bay is a great place to operate a business that encourages an active lifestyle with countless trails at our door step.”
Barry Klus, Owner of Cheapskates in Downtown North Bay

See and experience all that Downtown North Bay has to offer.

Do it All Downtown
Visit the DIA at 133 Main Street West, Suite 101, North Bay