Ontario’s great outdoors await, with a flight from Ottawa to North Bay.
With Lake Nippissing as its neighbour, you’ll find the best things to do in North Bay along the waterfront. Whether the weather has you bundled up for skating, or in your swimsuit, Lake Nippissing is one of the city’s best attractions.
For more of the outdoors, take a hike on the Duchesnay Falls Trail. Follow the distant rumble of the waterfall off Highway 17 to begin your trek. The rumblings of low cascades build to a thundering finale at the 10-metre western cascade. If you are interested in going for a walk, take the 3 km trail to face the sound and spray of this seemingly endless series of waterfalls.
After hiking, give your feet a rest with a ride on the Heritage Railway Company’s mini-trains. Choose between the historical steam and diesel engines and chug along the half-mile track. For a more whimsical journey, take the merry-go-round and hop on a (wooden) horse at the Heritage Carousel.
During your stay, keep an eye on the Nugget. You won’t find gold or even chicken in the North Bay Nugget, but you will find the best resource for local events advertised in this newspaper. The city’s many festivals and cultural events are one of the best ways to make the most of your trip from Ottawa to North Bay.
With a 45-minute drive from North Bay, you can canoe, hike, and bike your way through Marten River Provincial Park.
Log some time at Marten River Provincial Park Logging Museum. During Lumberjack Days, this recreation of a logging camp from the 19th century comes to life with fiddlers, logging competitions, and chainsaw carvers. After all this activity, tuck into some beans, a traditional logger’s lunch. For the full lumberjack experience, let one of the park naturalists guide you through the Marten River’s logging history on an interpretive hike or around the campfire.
Explore the park’s evolving ecosystems with a walk along Transition Trail. Over the course of this 5 km trail, you’ll see everything from black spruce bogs and 350-year-old white pine stands. A vast variety of forest types are packed into this two-hour hike.
After your hike, cool off at one (or all three) of Marten River’s recommended swimming beaches. These natural sand beaches are perfect for making a splash then soaking up some sun.
If you prefer paddling to swimming, canoe through the scenic bays of Marten River Provincial Park. For even more adventure on the water, make Kenny Forest Provincial Park the next stop on your trip from Ottawa to North Bay. Can-do canoers will have plenty to explore along this interconnected series of lakes.
Catch a big one on your trip from Ottawa to North Bay, on the waters of Trout Lake.
With a 20-minute drive from North Bay, you can experience the best of Ontario’s wilderness. Trout Lake’s average depth of 55 feet makes it an oasis for fish and fishers. Cast off and get hooked on Trout Lake’s steady supply of pike, bass, and of course, lake trout.
Fishing isn’t the only lure to this area. Neighbouring East Ferris is the perfect stop when you want to leave your line behind for a few hours. Waterfront parks and beaches make this location a family-friendly retreat.
After catching the sunset over Trout Lake, sink into bed at one of the nearby overnight options Cat Island Lodge offers cozy accommodations, great for snagging the best of the lake’s early morning fishing. A night in one of their rustic cabins is the ideal lakeside escape from Ottawa.
Fly from Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) to North Bay Jack Garland Airport (YYB), with a quick connection in Toronto. Ottawa to North Bay flight time is 1 hour and 50 minutes on average. Connection times vary. The distance from Ottawa to North Bay is around 665 km / 410 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.