Nipissing District

Canada Courthouses / Ontario / Nipissing District

Nipissing District is named for Lake Nipissing which is the native word “n’bisling” meaning “little water”


Created:  1852

District Seat: 

North Bay   1852 – present


Courthouse – North Bay


Location:  360 Plouffe Street / Main Street West

Built:  1987 – 1989

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Critchley and Delean Architects of North Bay

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a three story red coloured brick, glass and concrete structure. The southeast front has a large one story concrete canopy with glass entrance. Above the canopy is a large glass section rising to a peak and the third story behind, also rises to a peak. Inside the entrance is a high atrium. The roof is hipped. The building houses the Supreme Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Justice and Land Registry Office. The building is being renovated during 2016. The architect is Mitchell Architects Inc. of North Bay and contractor is Kenalex Engineers of North Bay.


Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by Kivas Tully and built by John Florin of Belleville in 1888. An addition was added in 1896. The architect was Francis Riley Heakes of Toronto and the contractor was William Clark. The building was renovated in 1909 and a second addition was added. The contractor was R Wallace & Son. The building was torn down when the present courthouse was constructed. The cost of construction in 1888 was $8,435.


Other Branch Courthouses


Mattawa  /  Sturgeon Falls



N – Timiskaming District

E – Quebec and Renfrew County   

S – Renfrew County, Hastings County and Haliburton County

W – Muskoka District MunicipalityParry Sound Distrct and Sudbury District





























Photos taken 2016