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Laurentian Escarpment Conservation Area


The Laurentian Escarpment Conservation Area boasts a spectacular view of the City of North Bay, Lake Nipissing and the surrounding area. Visitors can hike a number of trails which are maintained throughout the year.

In the summer months, frisbee enthusiasts can play 18 rounds of disc golf. In the winter, downhill skiers can hit the slopes of Laurentian Ski Hill, independently operated by the Laurentian Ski Hill Board.



The Laurentian Escarpment Conservation Area also serves as a starting point for several of the public snowshoe hikes and special events held by the NBMCA 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.



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