Go north into nature with flights from Ottawa to Thunder Bay.
Located on the scenic shores of Lake Superior, Thunder Bay is your entry to access the great wilderness of Northern Ontario. Enhance your outdoor experience in the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park and Centennial Park. With dramatic backdrops like Kakabeka Falls and Eagle Canyon, Thunder Bay’s landscapes are wildly beautiful.
Get sweet on Thunder Bay with a taste of its favourite treat. Indulge in a Persian, a pink pastry found at the Persian Man bakery. Despite its name, the desert has its origins closer to home. Local lore says the Persian is named for General Pershing, an American general from the First World War. While its beginnings are unsure, there’s no doubt the Persian will satisfy your sweet tooth.
If you’re hungry for history, Thunder Bay has plenty to offer. Throughout downtown Thunder Bay South, historic buildings can give you a glimpse of the city’s past. For something even more authentic, the Fort William Historical Park recreates life in the early 1800s. See what life in Thunder Bay was like in days past, at this reconstruction of the world’s largest fur-trading post.
Whether you use it as a gateway to the outdoors or stay in the city, there are plenty of things to do in Thunder Bay. The next time you visit from Ottawa, make sure to take the time to take in the city’s natural beauty.
More friend than fee-fie-foe, the Sleeping Giant is said to be the guardian of Thunder Bay.
During your visit from Ottawa to Thunder Bay, use the city as your starting point for a northern adventure. With a 1-hour drive, you can escape and experience the landscape of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.
Resting on the edge of the Sibley Peninsula, Sleeping Giant Provincial Park stretches into Lake Superior. From the shores of the park, you can look out across Lake Superior. For a superior view, take to the lake and look back at the Sleeping Giant. From the right angle, this rock formation resembling a reclining giant even appears to have an Adam’s apple.
If you like to hike, you can have your pick of paths from more than 100 kilometres of trail. Get off the beaten track, with Sleeping Giant’s extensive backcountry hiking. Whatever path you choose, every journey leads to amazing destinations.
Some of the park’s highlights are its high points. Chimney Lookout has stunning views and a staggering drop. Live life on the edge, by stepping out onto the metal platform at Thunder Bay Lookout. Look out or look down for heart pounding views.
While in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, keep your eyes open for the wolves, lynx, moose, foxes, and 200 species of birds that make their homes in the park. Even if the wildlife evades your gaze, the park’s boreal forests make for great photos, whatever the season.
With the park open year round, it’s always a good time to visit the Sleeping Giant. Whenever you plan your trip from Ottawa to Thunder Bay, make sure to include a visit to this provincial park.
With a 30-minute drive from Thunder Bay, you can visit the 40-metre Kakabeka Falls.
When you visit Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park, your first stop should be the thundering falls. Boardwalks wrap around the top of the waterfall, giving you every angle for photo-ops.
Follow the source of the falls with a walk along the Kaministiquia River. Upstream, you’ll find the park’s small beach, where you can swim in the summer. Downstream, the gorge has carved out a dramatic landscape and revealed 1.6 billion year old fossils.
The park’s non-fossilized wildlife includes a variety of songbirds. Lucky bird watchers may just catch a glimpse of the bald eagles that frequent Kakabeka Falls, especially when salmon are swimming upstream to spawn.
When trekking through the park, there are a variety of trails to choose from. You can walk the Boardwalk trail for the best view of the falls or bike along the Poplar trail to see more of the park. For something more challenging, the Little Falls trail features a steep descent down into the Kaministiquia River valley and a steep ascent along a historic portage trail.
Throughout the year, Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park is a scenic stop on any trip from Ottawa to Thunder Bay. Whether the weather is hot or cold, there are plenty of activities available from hiking, biking, or skiing your way through this destination.
Ottawa to Thunder Bay direct and connecting flights are available to get you there year round.
Fly direct from Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) to Thunder Bay International Airport (YQT). Ottawa to Thunder Bay flight time is 3 hours and 15 minutes on average. The distance from Ottawa to Thunder Bay distance is around 1,280 km / 795 mi.
For connecting flights, fly from Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) to Thunder Bay International Airport (YQT), with a quick connection in Toronto. Connection times vary.
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Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) is about 10 km / 6 mi from downtown Ottawa.
Please allow sufficient time to drop off your car rental before your departing flight.
Take the OC Transpo 97 Airport / Bayshore and Bells bus to the airport stop. The fare is $3.65 CAD.
Taxis to Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) from downtown cost about $35 CAD. Car service costs about $90 CAD.
Thunder Bay International Airport (YQT) is about 5 km / 3 mi from downtown Thunder Bay.
Taxis to downtown cost about $30 CAD. Car service costs about $85 CAD.
Several hotels offer complimentary shuttle bus service from the airport.
Car rental services are available at Thunder Bay International Airport (YQT).
Take the Thunder Bay Transit 3 Memorial / Airport bus from the airport stop. The fare is $2.65 CAD.