Log Driver’s Waltz Grand Départ
The Log Driver’s Waltz is an 800km self-supported bikepacking multiday event through the Ottawa Valley of Ontario and Quebec’s Outaouais region.
The annual Grand Départ is an opportunity to meet other bikepackers and share a common experience. It is a participation event. There is no registration, no support, no insurance and no prizes. It is not a race or organized event. Each rider assumes complete responsibility for their own safety.
Located on the unceded and unsurrendered Territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation the Log Driver’s Waltz has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most challenging and picturesque routes in Canada. With 9400 m 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 as it follows a short section of the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In addition to the full LDW route, there are also the 380 km Half/Demi and the 1600 km Rewind alternative distances to choose from.
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