With over 600 kilometers of accessible bike paths, it’s no surprise that you’ll find people cycling through Ottawa for leisure or general transportation during the warmer months. While you can’t go wrong with a bike ride on a pretty day, there are some standout paths that are sure to make lasting memories as a local or visitor.
1. Ottawa River Pathway
Passing many Ottawa attractions and hotspots, you can find Parliament Hill, the Canadian War Museum, and the Ottawa Locks at the Rideau Canal’s northern entrance on this 31-kilometer pathway.
2. Along the Rideau Canal
Fly through this National Historic Site of Canada with the Rideau Canal Western Pathway, which routes through the incredible flower displays of Commissioners Park. The Rideau River Eastern Pathway offers great bike-and-picnic opportunities at Vincent Massey Park.
3. Experimental Farm Pathway
Calm and leisurely, this mostly flat pathway offers access to the Experimental Farm and the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum in a setting of wooded areas, farmland, and wild flowers.
4. Greenbelt Pathway West
Belonging to the Capital Pathway network, this 10.4-kilometer path showcases tranquil farm, forest, and field landscapes. Pack and a bag and picnic on the shore of the Ottawa River while exploring Shirleys Bay.
5. Voyageurs Pathway
Running along the northern side of the Ottawa River, this pathway offers an amazing look at Parliament and the Canadian Museum of History along with many educational opportunities and picnicking spots.
6. Leamy Lake Pathway
In the warmer months, experience the rich history of Leamy Lake Park and take a dip in the waters of Leamy Lake beach. A playground, picnic area, and volleyball courts make this a great choice for biking with kids.
For more options, the Official Cycling Map for the Ottawa-Gatineau and the Outaouais Region is available on Ottawa’s government website. Visiting Ottawa? Try a cycling tour to experience to the city in a whole new light. Be sure to stay at IHG hotels in Ottawa for a cozy visit to Canada’s capital.