North Bay/Jack Garland Airport

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North Bay Airport
North Bay/Jack Garland Airport
Jack Garland-North Bay Airport.JPG
Aerial view of Jack Garland Airport
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
CYYB is located in Canada
CYYB (Canada)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08/26 10,004 3,049 Asphalt
18/36 4,492 1,369 Asphalt
13/31 2,000 610 Turf
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft movements 45,177

North Bay Airport or North Bay/Jack Garland Airport (IATA: YYB, ICAO: 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 until 2015.

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]


Air Canada Express Toronto–Pearson
Bearskin Airlines Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay
Sunwing Airlines Seasonal: Cayo Coco[7]


FedEx Express Toronto-Pearson
SkyLink Express Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury


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.[8] Upgrades after World War II led to the second terminal being built in 1963. The second terminal has been renovated (completed 2010)[9] to accommodate sole civilian use since 2006.[6]

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

Jack Garland Airport


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 four accessible spots.


  • Runway 08/26: 10,004 ft × 150 ft (3,049 m × 46 m), paved, lighted, VASI type 2 approach lighting for both ends, no curfew.[10][11]
  • 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: 2,000 ft × 75 ft (610 m × 23 m), turf, unlighted, glider operations only.


Navigation aids[edit]

  • 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, 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 Proulx (2003 - 2007);
  • Jack Santerre (2007–present);

Bombardier Aerospace[edit]

Bombardier Aerospace had assembled the CL-415 water bomber took place at the airport until production ended in 2015.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 19 July 2018 to 0901Z 13 September 2018.
  2. ^ Synoptic/Metstat Station Information
  3. ^ Total aircraft movements by class of operation — NAV CANADA flight service stations
  4. ^ 22 Wing/Canadian Forces Base North Bay archives, file number W1325-1 (W Heritage)
  5. ^ RCAF Station North Bay diary 1951 to 1964
  6. ^ a b
  7. ^
  8. ^
  9. ^
  10. ^ P.J. Wilson (2017-04-13). "Massive Soviet-built IL-76 transport using North Bay's long runway to fly mining equipment to Baffin Island". North Bay Nugget. Retrieved 2017-04-21. North Bay, he said, was chosen because of the 10,000-foot runway and the lack of a flight curfew in the area.
  11. ^ Andy Cline (2017-04-20). "Russian Ilyushin IL-76 carries out Canadian mining equipment contract". Skies magazine. Retrieved 2017-04-21. North Bay’s 10,000-foot main runway allows a heavy-laden Ilyushin to take off with a large payload of cargo and fuel, and lack of flight curfews allows maximum operational flexibility.

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