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Laurentian Escarpment Trails

Hiking Trail Skiing Snowshoe Trail Biking Trail

Location Laurentian Escarpment Conservation Area, 15 Janey Avenue, North Bay
Trailhead UTM 620628 mE x 5132757 mN
Ownership North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority
Management North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority
Length 6.6 km / 4.1 mi
Difficulty moderate to difficult
Activities hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing
Amenities parking, washrooms, lookout
Surface compacted soil

Rules for Use

  • pets must be leashed at all times
  • motorized vehicles are prohibited
  • removal of trees, shrubs, flowers, and other wildlife is prohibited

Safety Considerations

  • steep hills exist on several spots on the trail
  • slopes can be excessively slippery during the spring thaw and in the fall


  • as required throughout the year


This Conservation Area, owned by the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority, includes the McNutt Family Trail and the Richardson Ridge Trail. These trails extend along the escarpment which is such a dominant feature in the City of North Bay. This area was originally logged in the 1880s, and was settled and farmed soon after. Much of the escarpment was cleared at this time, with very little old growth forest remaining. Some of the regenerated forest stands are in excess of 75 years old. The ski hill is independently run by the Laurentian Ski Hill Board.


From the HWY 11/17 junction near Seymour Street, head northwest on HWY 11/17. Turn right onto Algonquin Avenue/HWY 11, and right onto Airport Road. After about 2 km (1.2 mi), turn right onto Pearce Street. Turn right at Greenhill Avenue, and left onto Janey Avenue where you will see a large parking lot. The trailhead is located behind the ski tower.


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