Every Sunday morning during the summer, over 50 kilometres of roads in the heart of Ottawa and nearby Gatineau Park are closed to motor vehicles and open for cyclists, in-line skaters, runners and pedestrians.
Starting this Sunday, May 21, to Sunday, September 3, you can enjoy summer Sundays cycling along car-free roads, and experience the beauty of Canada’s Capital Region in a fun and environmentally friendly way.
Car-Free Parkways in Ottawa
Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm
- Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (9 kilometres)
- Colonel By Drive (8 kilometres)
- Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway (8 kilometres)
Note that the NOKIA Sunday Bikedays is cancelled on Colonel By Drive, the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway on Sunday, May 28, for the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.
Car-Free Parkways in Gatineau Park
Sundays from 6 am to 11 am: A total of 27 kilometres for cyclists who enjoy steep hills!
- Gatineau Parkway
- Champlain Parkway
- Fortune Lake Parkway
6 am to 1 pm: A total of 3.5 kilometres north of Chemin du Lac-Meech (parking lot P8). This section is ideal for families with young children.
Special Canada 150 Bikedays Launch
On Sunday May 21st between 9am and 1pm, Confederation Boulevard will be closed to traffic for the official Bikedays launch, part of the Canada 150 celebrations, creating a special loop for the event. And Major’s Hill Park will host a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Along with the parkways, the launch day features live entertainment, buskers, DJs, a magician, balloon sculptors, face painting, and loads more family-friendly activities.
Below is the NCC’s interactive Sunday Bikedays map:
For more details visit the NCC website.