This beautiful four-season is a network of trails and boardwalks that loop through the Laurier Woods Conservation Area which consists of approximately 240 acres of moderately undisturbed upland forest and wetlands habitat. The combination of forest and wetlands provides a variety of habitat for wildlife. This area is outstanding for bird-watching, with 33 bird species nesting in the woods. The trail offers a great escape from the city, within the city, and is managed by the Friends of Laurier Woods in partnership with the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority.
The Friends of Laurier Woods works to preserve the ecological and cultural integrity of the woods. They regularly host guided walks, and other events to celebrate this precious wild space in North Bay. In August each year, The Friends celebrate the natural wonders of the area with the family-friendly Louise de Kiriline Lawrence Nature Festival. Check their website for the latest news and events.
A Laurier Woods Interpretive Trail Brochure and Map (2015) is available for download.
Location Parking at the end of Brule Street, North Bay
Trailhead UTM 619841 mE x 5129369 mN
Ownership Friends of Laurier Woods and North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority
Management Friends of Laurier Woods and North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority
Length 0.8 – 1.9 km loops
Activities Fat Biking, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing
Amenities Parking, Picnic Area
Difficulty Easy to Moderate
Seasons All Season
Rules for Use
– Pets must be leashed at all times and “stoop and scoop”
– No motorized vehicles permitted
– No hunting
– No camping
– No campfires
From the HWY 11/17 junction near Seymour Street, head northwest on HWY 11/17 and take a left at Seymour Street. Turn right at Franklin Street, and then left onto Brule Street where you will find a parking area with a trail sign and a notice board for the Nipissing Naturist Club.
For More Information
Friends of Laurier Woods
North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority