The North Bay district of Ferris was named for James Marshall Ferris, a member for Northcumberland East in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. This historic area was an independent township for decades until amalgamation with North Bay in 1968.
Lovingly cared for waterfront dwellings plentiful, along with townhouses, duplexes and single family homes on large lots. Though a very established area, new subdivisons have been developed in the recent past. Preserving a rural feel but with city amenities, Ferris is a restful, popular location.
Lake Nipissing is the most famous landmark of the neighbourhood, awarding residents with gorgeous sunsets, sandy beaches and water sports. Champlain Park is suitably named for Samuel de Champlain who explored the wilderness in 1615. The park, where the La Vase River meets Lake Nipissing, was the site of an archeological discoveries in the 1990s, providing location evidence of the fur trading post Fort Laronde.
Though historic in nature, Ferris has grown to become an area of North Bay with a host of modern amenities. Silver Birches, Sunset Park, West Ferris and Our Lady of Fatima grade schools are found in the neighbourhood. North Bay Mall, grocery chains and a variety of restaurants are conveniently located. Ferris is a popular location for hotels and some upscale resorts. Services in the area include a nurse practitioner clinic and our Royal LePage North Bay Real Estate Services office.
Opened in 2011, the Steve Omischl Sports Field Complex is a state-of-the-art field facility comprising numerous baseball diamonds and soccer fields, named for the well known multi-world cup champion and Olympian who was born and trained in North Bay. Other recreational complexes in Ferris include West Ferris Ice Arena Community Centre, Renee’s Dance Connection, and Gymtrix Gymnastics and Trampoline Centre.