Ottawa-Timiskaming Highland Trail: Rabbit Lake to Nagle Bay (3 days / 26 km)

Flowing fresh water Rabbit Lake to Nagle Bay

The Ottawa-Timiskaming Highland Trail is an extremely rugged 141 km trail in Temagami. This trip report covers a 26 km section of this trail along the shores of Lake Temiskaming from Rabbit Lake Road to Nagle Bay.

Trip Completed: July 2021

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Rabbit Lake Rd

Ending Point: Rabbit Lake Rd

Total Distance: ~26 km 

Elevation Gain: 950 m. Lots of up and down!

Duration: 3 days

Difficulty: Intermediate

Location

Temagami, Ontario. The trailhead is at the end of Rabbit Lake bush road off of Highway 11 (first right past Gramp’s Place).

Traditional Territory: This route takes place on the traditional territory of Omàmìwininìwag, Cree and Anishinabewaki (source).

Maps & Resources

Map: I highly recommended that you download the GPS tracks from this website. The trail, while marked, is not always clear and it is easy to lose it. 

Campsite Reservations: None, all campsites are on crown land. 

Outfitters & Shuttles

I completed this as an out and back so none was required. There are many lodges that offer shuttle services in the Temagami region. 

Trip Report

Day 1: Bunny Lake Road Parking Lot to Nagle Bay (13 km)

It was Canada Day weekend and the pandemic was raging on. Needing an escape from the city, I set my eyes on the Ottawa-Temiskaming Highland Trail. After doing a few weeks of research, I decided that I would do a section of the trail starting at Rabbit Lake road and see how far north I could get in a 3-day out-and-back trip.

In addition to being one of the more scenic parts of the trail, I had uncovered that the trail south from Rabbit Lake Road to Thorne is not well-maintained. The Ottawa-Timiskaming Highland Trail is maintained by volunteers and is touted as being more rugged than trails in Killarney. Even with a more well-groomed section, I was in for a treat.

I set off at 5 AM for the 6-hour drive from Hamilton. When heading north on Highw...

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