The Capital Pathway network is also known for its two showcase pathway systems: the Ottawa River Pathway, as well as the Rideau Canal Western and Eastern Pathways, which hug the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal, Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ottawa is surrounded by beautiful rural areas and fantastic cycling destinations, criss-crossed by quiet roads and showcased through a series of rural cycling routes.
With a variety of cycling events throughout the year, from Victoria Day weekend to Labour Day weekend, cyclists can enjoy Sunday Bikedays, where over 50 kilometres of parkways in Ottawa and Gatineau Park are reserved for cyclists, in-line skaters, runners and walkers. Whether you want to know where to park or what services you will find along the way, the new online Sunday Bikedays map provides the information you need.
Truly a bicycle-friendly destination, in 2013, Ottawa was the first city in the province of Ontario to receive the gold-level “Bicycle Friendly Community Award” presented by Share the Road Cycling Coalition. There is no better time to visit the nation’s capital by bike!