The winter months see Lake Nosbonsing transform into a frozen town, filled with ice huts and anglers trying to catch pike, perch and walleye through the ice. The area offers the opportunity to fish all year round and there are a number of locations and camps around the shoreline that provide a place to stay and enjoy the fishing. The town of Bonfield is a picturesque place to stay, located in the Nipissing District and a 20 minute car ride from downtown North Bay. Bonfield has a strong community feel and is home to local industries such as logging, forestry and farming. However, the town also offers some fantastic bed and breakfast accommodation that give visiting anglers an authentic Ontario experience. The town is also home to the first spike of the CPR Trans-Continental Railway.
The nearby town of Astorville also offers bed and breakfast accommodation, as well as high quality, lodge style accommodation. Located in the township of East Ferris, Astorville can be found between Trout Lake and Lake Nosbonsing in the district of Nipissing. Astorville played host to the first North Ontario Ball Hockey Championship in 2005. The residents of the town mostly work in the nearby city of North Bay, meaning the town is peaceful and retains all of the charm of yesteryear. The main library of East Ferris is located in the town and the nearby town of Corbeil is home to the famous, ‘Voyer’s Red and White Store,’ that now houses Leo’s Restaurant.
Lake Nosbonsing and the surrounding campsites and towns offer anglers of all skills some of the best fresh water fishing in the world. Most of the surrounding areas are well equipped to deal with the summer influx of tourists and the many bed and breakfasts, holiday homes and camping areas enjoy a brisk trade. As well as being one of Canada’s most important angling communities, the area is home to Depot Creek. The 1930s and 1940s saw the area gain acclaim all over North America for the abundance of speckled trout. However, Hurricane Hazel significantly changed the trout’s habitat although the odd one is still found in the lake.