The City of Ottawa and the National Capital Commission maintain over 200km of bike paths for us to enjoy, and cycling the streets is helped by dedicated bike lines on many major arteries. Use this group to discover the different bike paths and scenic routes around Ottawa. More details…
Ottawa Bicycle Paths
With hundreds of kilometers of paths, Ottawa is one of the most bike-friendly cities in Canada. The NCC and the City of Ottawa work together to maintain a massive network of trails stretching from south of the city to Gatineau Park and from Rockland in the east to Kanata and Aylmer.
View the City of Ottawa Cycling Map
Ottawa and Gatineau are home to one of Canada's largest networks of cycling paths - the Capital Pathway network. More than 180 kilometres of recreational pathways link gorgeous rivers, the Rideau Canal, parks, gardens, museums and attractions.
Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays
Hop on your bike, pull on your inline skates, and hit the parkways — they’re closed to motor vehicles every Sunday morning from May 23 to September 5. More than 50 kilometres of pure fun!
The Parkways are:
- Ottawa River Parkway (Ottawa)
- Colonel By Drive
- The Rockcliffe Parkway
- Gatineau Park
- View the map
City of Ottawa Bike Paths and Lanes
The city of Ottawa is pretty committed to cylcing around the city. They maintain a proprietary interactive map that lets you explore all of the NCC Pathways, Ottawa bike lanes, shoulders, off-road paths and more. You can also nab a .pdf version of the City of Ottawa Cycling Paths map.
Some suggested routes you could look at, courtesy of GoBiking.ca: The Big Loop
Cycle the pathways around Ottawa's core. Ride alongthe Ottawa River, Rideau River, Rideau Canal, andthrough the Experimental Farm. East-end Ottawa
Ride from downtown all the way to Trim Road, andtake the nicest pathway in the region for cyclingalong the Ottawa River. Cycle to Aylmer and beyond
Get a close up view of the Deschênes Rapidsand the ruins of an old dam structure on theOttawa River. The Gatineau Park
Climb the Gatineau hills on your bike and get a spectacular view of the Ottawa Valley fromthe Champlain Lookout. To Manotick and Back
Ride to Manotick, check out the historicWatson's Mill, and enjoy a relaxingmeal at a pub. Ottawa to Stittsville
Cycle on three different trail systems to get toStittsville, including a very nice ride through a smallforest on the Greenbelt Trail. Biking to Pinhey's Point
Ride from Kanata's high tech worldto a 1820s heritage site on the banksof the Ottawa River. Ottawa to Carleton Place
An attractive town that serves as a perfectdestination for an overnight bicycle trip or for riding a metric century.
Resources for Cycling in Ottawa
A terrific biking website with tonnes of information on local routes and beyond, GoBiking.ca even has info on routes all around Ontario and Quebec.
The Ottawa Bicycle Club has been around for almost 30 years and puts on races, tours, and more!
City of Ottawa Cycling information
The City of Ottawa Travelwise website has a cycling section with all kinds of useful information about rules of the road, first aid, laws, training and more.