Ottawa's recreation paths are one of our greatest resources. This path connects March Road in Kanata with the Watt's Creek path and West Greenbelt Path (near Carling) to the east. Not a long section of path but it winds its way thgouth fields and over streams -- and over train tracks too. Photo by Glen Gower.
Ottawa Bicycle Guide
Ottawa is a great city for cyclists. There are over 170 kilometres of bike paths in the city, many of them along our scenic rivers and canals. It's also easy to cycle on the roads — with many major routes featuring special bike lanes to make commuting easy.
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- Cycling Maps & Bike Routes
Links to several of Ottawa's "official" cycling maps, plus route suggestions for everything from a scenic drive on a bicycle path to a daily commute.
- Cycling events
Includes Alcatel Sunday Bikedays, a bike festival, a naked bike day and more.
- Essential links
Local web sites and resources
Ottawa-based bloggers who write about cycling.
- Rentals, sales & service
Some of Ottawa's favourite places to rent, buy or repair a bike.
Other useful web sites, including tips and a list of local bike clubs.
Did You know?
- According to the 2006 Census, 2.3% of employed people in Ottawa commuted to work by bike - the second highest in Canada. (Source: Statistics Canada)
Cycling Maps & Bike Routes
This bike route map from the City of Ottawa covers the entire city, showing bike lanes, bike
paths, and even busy intersections. A must-have resource for any cyclist
This site from the National Capital Commission features interactive maps of Ottawa's recreational pathways.The
paths are great for cycling and a whole lot of other activities, such
as walking, jogging and in-line skating.
Features route suggestions and tons of info for Ottawa cyclists. These include the paths around town
as well as rides to such nearby places as the Gatineau Hills and Carleton
Place. Created by local cyclist Michael McGoldrick.
Park Mountain Biking
Cycle through Gatineau Park and discover some amazing treasures: plants
and animals, unique sites, crystal-clear lakes. It's all part of a
shared pathway network that puts a spring in the step of hikers and
a bounce in the tires of mountain bikers.
Many of the Greenbelt trails are great for cyclists. Through forests,
along streams, winding paths, wilderness -- it all makes for an interesting
- Google Maps: Biking in Ottawa
A map overlay for Google Maps showing off-road paths and designated cycling routes on local roads.
List of Ottawa bike trails
A web site that "helps cyclists share knowledge of good bicycle
routes". The web site combines Google Maps with user-submitted
bike routes. Read
- Looking for more road maps? Check out our Maps
- Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays 2013
The 43rd season
of Sunday Bikedays starts May 19, 2013. Every Sunday morning until Labour Day weekend, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy more than 50 kilometres of scenic parkways in the heart of the Capital and Gatineau Park that are closed to motorized traffic and reserved for cyclists, in-line skaters, runners and walkers.
- Saturday Short Loops in Gatineau Park
Sections of the Gatineau Parkway will be closed to motorized traffic on Saturday mornings from May 26 to October 27, 2012. Cyclists, in-line skaters, runners and walkers can take advantage of 8.2 kilometres of parkways in Gatineau Park.
- Ottawa Critical
The last Friday of every month, the Critical Mass group leaves Confederation Park at 6:00pm.
- Commuter Challenge
Yearly event challenging commuters to ditch the car and bike, walk or take transit to work.
- World Naked Bike Day
An annual event, usually held in early June.
- June 2-3, 2012: Capital VeloFest (Bicycle Festival)
In 2012, the festival has expanded to a full weekend event. On Saturday, the festival is at Ottawa City Hall from 11am-11pm. On Sunday, the festival will be continue on a smaller scale in 2 neighbourhoods in Ottawa : Ottawa East in Brantwood Park, and in Hintonburgh in Hintonburgh Park.
- May 2012 - Bike To Work Month
Kick off the spring season by biking to work for fun, fitness and financial freedom. Whether you are a seasoned rider or a bona fide newbie, Bike to Work Month is the perfect opportunity to give cycling a try. Official site.
- Citizens for Safe Cycling
CfSC is the voluntary association of cyclists who work for better,
safer, environmentally- friendly cycling in Ottawa.
of Ottawa - Cycling
From the City of Ottawa, this site offers info for all of your cycling
needs in Ottawa, including where to find maps of cycling routes, a
list of charity and fun rides, and even how to take your bicycle on
OC Transpo buses and trains.
- Citizen Cycle
From the Ottawa Citizen: " We think that biking in Ottawa ought to be easier, safer, and a lot more fun. Achieving that might be as simple as giving area cyclists a way to connect. CitizenCycle is here to bring cyclists together with useful information, in a way that makes it easy to share what they know."
- Cycling Vision Ottawa
"Cycling Vision Ottawa wants to see a Capital region where more women, seniors, families, cyclists of all stripes are eager to get on their bikes and are comfortable riding city streets."
From the National Capital Commission, this page has info about cycling
in Gatineau Park, Alcatel Bike Sundays, and the Capital Pathway --
the scenic network of Ottawa bike paths.
This site is aimed at tourists, but has useful info for people who
live here as well.
- Cycloparc PPJ
A trail linking the main towns in the Pontiac region of Western Quebec.
There are four tours of about 18 km each.
French site covering cycling in the Outatouais.
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