Flights from North Bay to Ottawa take you to the heart of Canadian politics.
Canada’s capital city combines political attractions with scenic surroundings. With a dense collection of gorgeous government buildings and green spaces, you’re never far from the best things to do in Ottawa.
Ottawa’s political points of interest are centred around Parliament Hill. There are plenty of photo opportunities on this famous hill, from the Peace Tower to the Centennial Flame. Step inside the Peace Tower as you enter Centre Block to listen in on the inner workings of Canada’s government.
After experiencing a heated round of parliamentary debate, venture outside to explore more of the Parliament Hill area. On the shores of the Ottawa River, you can trek a portion of the Great Trail, a 21,000 km trail that runs from sea to shining sea. This section of the path leads towards the Rideau Canal and even more Ottawa activities.
Even if you miss out on the ice skating rink that forms on the Rideau Canal every winter, there’s still plenty to see on these charming shores. Both the Bytown Museum and National Gallery of Canada add a touch of culture to the canal. For excitement and entertainment, get a front row seat to Ottawa’s performing arts in the National Arts Centre or Mercury Lounge.
The ByTown Market area has plenty of live music to brighten up your evenings. With small art galleries, some of the tastiest places to eat in Ottawa, and buskers on almost every street, this Ottawa neighbourhood is packed with activities.
Whether you spend your trip from North Bay exploring Ottawa’s politics or parks, you’re sure to be charmed by Canada’s capital.
Perhaps better known as Pinhey’s Point Historic Site, Horaceville is a must-see point of interest for your trip from North Bay to Ottawa.
It only takes a 40-minute drive from downtown Ottawa to experience the almost 200-year tale of this historic house on the scenic shores of the Ottawa River.
Horaceville’s history began when Hamnett Kirkes Pinhey was gifted the land of Pinhey’s Point for his service in the Napoleonic Wars. Naming the area for his eldest son, Horace, Pinhey began the construction of his manor house in 1820. You can visit the home of this British settler and venture into the 88 rolling acres of trees that surround it, for a look into the heritage of the Ottawa area.
Stroll along the shoreline, or set off for parklands and fields to get the best of Pinhey’s Point’s natural beauty. Outdoor painting programs allow visitors to take in the scenery and follow in the brush strokes of John Charles Pinhey, Canadian painter and descendant of Hamnett Kirkes Pinhey.
You’ll be able to take a look at the work of John Charles Pinhey in the artifact collection at Pinhey’s Point. The product of the Pinhey’s Point Foundation, this collection contains 19th-century needlework, 18th-century portraits, and more. Special exhibitions offer an even closer look at the Pinhey family’s past.
If you get hungry after a tour through Horaceville’s museum, break for lunch at one of the area’s many picnic spots. A meal in one of these sunny, riverside spots is a great way to end another day on your visit from North Bay to Ottawa.
After stepping off your flight from North Bay, step onto the scenic shores of the Rideau Canal.
Tree-lined walking trails on the shores of the Rideau Canal provide an all-season path to stroll alongside. But the best way to see this iconic Ottawa waterway occurs only in the winter. When ice forms on the water, the canal transforms into the Rideau Canal Skateway. This 8 km icy path is the largest skating rink in the world. Along this winter wonderland, stands selling sugary treats and hot chocolate warm you up on your way.
The canal itself dates back to 1826 and many chapters of Ottawa’s history line its shores. The Commissariat building, which acted as an office while the canal was being built, is Ottawa’s oldest surviving building. Now housing the Bytown Museum, this heritage building provides a look back at early Ottawa.
Another historic Ottawa building that’s worth a visit is the Fairmont Château Laurier. Built in 1912, the Fairmont Château Laurier is one of Ottawa’s most luxurious hotels. You can still stay the night in this remnant of early 1900s history.
The Rideau Canal’s attractions extend far beyond the historical, with gardens and parks lining its paths. From the gardens of Dominion Arboretum and Fletcher Wildlife Garden to the parks of Major’s Hill Park and Lansdowne Park, there’s no shortage of green space on the shores of the canal.
After wandering along the waterfront, make a splash on Dow’s Lake. You can kayak, paddle boat, and canoe through this manmade lake. During the summer months, this lake along the canal is a hotbed of aquatic activity.
Whenever your flight from North Bay departs, this all-season waterway is your path to great Ottawa activities.
Fly from North Bay Jack Garland Airport (YYB) to Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW), with a quick connection in Toronto. North Bay to Ottawa flight time is 1 hours and 50 minutes on average. Connection times vary. The distance from North Bay to Ottawa is around 655 km / 410 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.
Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) is about 10 km / 6 mi from downtown Ottawa.
Car rental services are available in the Parkade, across the street from the passenger terminal of Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW).
Take the OC Transpo 97 Airport / Bayshore and Bells bus from the pick-up spot outside the arrivals area. The fare is $3.65 CAD.
Taxis to downtown cost about $35 CAD. Car service costs about $90 CAD.