A local favourite throughout the seasons, this waterfall trail network takes hikers from the main campus of Nipissing University and Canadore College through scenic wooded areas, over creeks on rustic wooden bridges, and along Duchesnay Creek as it cascades down North Bay’s escarpment. A small lookout tower at the center of the trails network has a beautiful view of Lake Nipissing and the Manitou Islands.
Trail users can check out glacial remnants and tiny fossils. Logged by lumber baron J. R. Booth back at the turn of the century, the area still has some large pines and a variety of coniferous and deciduous species. And there’s always a good chance you’ll see some wildlife on the trails. Start your waterfall trail hike from the parking lot on Highway 17 for the best views of Duchesnay Falls or from the campus on College Drive.
Nipissing University grooms a network of cross-country ski trails in the winter months. The trails are used by the Nipissing Lakers ski team to train and host ski races. These ski trails are open to the public for skiing and fat biking. Snowshoers are asked to stick to the hiking trails so as not to damage the groom trails. The ski trails are easily accessed from Parking Lot 8 on the main campus.
Trailhead UTM 615871 mE x 5133445 mN
Ownership Nipissing University / Canadore College
Management Nipissing University / Canadore College
Length 11.6 km
Activities Cross-Country Skiing, Fat Biking, Hiking, Snowshoeing
Amenities Lookout, Parking, Picnic Area, Rest Area
Difficulty Easy, Hard, Moderate
Level of Development Developed
Surface Compacted Soil
Seasons All Season
Rules for Use
- upper bridge over Duchesnay Creek was removed some years ago due to disrepair. The creek is impassable at the location.
- rock surfaces alongside Duchesnay Falls are slippery at all times during the year
- trail running along either side of the Falls is suitable for foot traffic only
From the HWY 11/17 junction near Seymour Street, head northwest on HWY 17. Turn right at Gormanville Road and left at College Drive. Turn left towards to Education Centre. Parking Lot 8 offers free parking on the weekends. A second access is located on Hwy 17 just past the North Bay Regional Health Centre on the North side of the highway.
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