North Bay/Jack Garland Airport

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North Bay Airport
North Bay/Jack Garland Airport
Jack Garland Airport.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Municipality of North Bay
Operator North Bay Jack Garland Airport Corporation
Serves North Bay, Ontario
Location Hornell Heights
Time zone EST (UTC−05:00)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−04:00)
Elevation AMSL 1,215 ft / 370 m
Coordinates 46°21′50″N 079°25′27″W / 46.36389°N 79.42417°W / 46.36389; -79.42417Coordinates: 46°21′50″N 079°25′27″W / 46.36389°N 79.42417°W / 46.36389; -79.42417
CYYB is located in Ontario
Location in Ontario
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08/26 10,004 3,049 Asphalt
18/36 4,492 1,369 Asphalt
13/31 2,500 762 Turf
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft movements 45,177

North Bay Airport or North Bay/Jack Garland Airport (IATA: YYBICAO: CYYB) in North Bay, Ontario, Canada is located at Hornell Heights, 4 nautical miles (7.4 km; 4.6 mi) north-northeast of the city. The airport serves as a North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) base.

The airport is named in memory of Jack Garland, a longtime Member of Parliament for North Bay's Nipissing electoral district. Until 2004 it hosted an annual airshow during North Bay's Heritage Festival, with a large military component.

The airport is classified as an airport of entry by Nav Canada and is staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). CBSA officers at this airport can handle general aviation aircraft only, with no more than 15 passengers.[1]

The airport is home to the Canadore College's aviation campus which houses their aviation programs. Final assembly of the Bombardier 415 aircraft is completed at the airport, opened in 1999.

The airport houses CFB North Bay, which has operated since 1951 (as RCAF Station North Bay until 1966).[4][5]

The city has owned the airport since 1998 after transfer from Transport Canada and North Bay Jack Garland Airport Corporation has run it since 2003.[6]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Express Toronto–Pearson
Bearskin Airlines Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay
Porter Airlines Toronto-Billy Bishop
Sunwing Airlines Seasonal: Holguin


Airlines Destinations
SkyLink Express Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury
FedEx Express operated by Morningstar Air Express Toronto-Pearson

Technical information[edit]


  • Latitude/longitude: 46° 21' 50" north, 079° 25' 27" west
  • Elevation: 1,215 ft (370 m) AMSL
  • Magnetic variation: 12° west


Jack Garland terminal interior

The first terminal was constructed in 1938b to house a small waiting area on the ground floor and control tower on the second.[7] Upgrades after World War II led to the second terminal being built in 1963. The second terminal has been renovated (completed 2010)[8] to accommodate sole civilian use since 2006.[6]

The airport, operated by the North Bay Jack Garland Airport Corporation, is certified by Transport Canada.


North Bay Airport, with CFB North Bay in red at the bottom of the image.

Besides travel by car, the airport is serviced by local taxis and North Bay Transit. An outdoor parking lot next to the terminal has 100 regular and for accessible spots.


  • Runway 08/26: 10,004 ft × 200 ft (3,049 m × 61 m), paved, lighted, VASI type 2 approach lighting for both ends.
  • Runway 18/36: 4,492 ft × 150 ft (1,369 m × 46 m) paved, lighted, PAPI type 1 approach lighting for both ends.
  • Runway 13/31: 2,500 ft × 75 ft (762 m × 23 m), turf, unlighted.

There is a glider/ski area of 2,000 ft × 75 ft (610 m × 23 m).


Navigation aids[edit]

Aerial view of Jack Garland Airport
  • NDBs: YELLEK (ZYB), 404 kHz, 3.8 NM (7.0 km; 4.4 mi) 77° to airport
  • VOR/DME: North Bay (YYB), 115.4 MHz/Channel 101, at airport
  • ILS: Runway 08/26, 110.9 MHz


Overnight parking is available through the main airport authority.

  • Weisflock Aviation (Shell): 100LL and Jet-A fuel.
  • Voyageur Airport Services (Esso): Jet-A fuel only.

Airport managers[edit]

  • Lorne W. Hicks (first Airport Manager-32 yrs-passed 1994)
  • Jim Albeartie;
  • John Murphy;
  • Dale Lalonde (1997-1998);
  • John David (1998 - 1999);
  • Owen Andrusiak (1999 - 2003);
  • Rick Cunningham (2003 - )

Bombardier Aerospace[edit]

Bombardier Aerospace assembly of their CL-415 water bomber takes place at the airport.

See also[edit]


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