Log Driver’s Waltz Bikepacking Route Grand Depart
The Log Driver’s Waltz is an 800km self-supported bikepacking event through the Ottawa Valley of Ontario and Quebec’s Outaouais region.
Located on the unceded and unsurrendered Territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation, the Log Driver’s Waltz is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most challenging and picturesque routes in Canada. With ~9500 metres of climbing in 800 kilometres the route offers a variety of surfaces, views, leg sapping climbs and exhilarating descents.
Starting in the Lanark Highlands with its historic log buildings and split-rail fences, the route follows gravel roads, bush roads, rail trails and forest tracks through the Ottawa and Gatineau River Valleys. A highlight of the route are the 80 km of double and single-track trails through the Gatineau Park. Here the tough climbs are rewarded with viewpoints over the Ottawa Valley.
In contrast to the remote, rugged, and “out-of-cell-service” sections the route also passes through Ottawa, Canada’s national capital, within a few hundred metres of the Parliament Buildings and follows a short section of the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage site.