Walking on the Capital Pathways

Photo of parent and child walking along the Ottawa River Pathway at sunset.
Enjoy the tranquility of the paths in Canada's Capital

There are plenty of walking opportunities in Canada’s Capital Region where there are over 300 kilometres of recreational paths. A beautiful tour awaits you on the Capital Pathway network, which was designed to take advantage of the green and natural areas in Canada’s Capital Region. The paths are shared with cyclists, runners and in-line skaters, so be sure to follow the courtesy and safety rules.

Scenic Pathways

The following pathways, in alphabetical order, will take you to past some of the best scenery in Ottawa and Gatineau.

Experimental Farm Pathway

Visit the Canada Agriculture Museum along the way.

Greenbelt Pathway West

Explore Shirley’s Bay and stop for a picnic by the shore of the Ottawa River.

Leamy Lake Pathway

Discover Leamy Lake Park with its extensive history and the beautiful Leamy Lake beach.

Moore Farm Pathway

Visit Moore Farm, one of the region’s early agricultural estates. It was built in the mid-1800s by the Wright family, founders of what is now Gatineau.

Ottawa River Pathway

This 31-kilometre pathway follows the Ottawa River and passes a number of Ottawa’s attractions. Stop along the way at the Canadian War Museum, Parliament Hill, and the Ottawa Locks at the northern end of the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Rideau Canal Western Pathway

Delight your senses on this pathway by Commissioners Park and extraordinary flower displays.

Rideau River Eastern Pathway

Take this path to Vincent Massey Park where you can stop for a picnic and barbecue!

Voyageurs Pathway

Explore the northern side of the Ottawa River and take in spectacular views of Parliament and the Canadian Museum of History.

Facilities
Washrooms There are washrooms in some parks.
Parking Free and paid parking is available.

For more information see Parks, Paths and Parkways — Visitor Information.