The Capital Pathway: Recreational Paths in the Capital
Canada’s Capital Region is home to the Capital Pathway network, one of the largest in North America. More than 300 kilometres of recreational paths link superb natural areas, parks, gardens, museums and attractions. The paths are great for cycling and many other activities such as walking, running and in-line skating.
The NCC manages most of the Capital Pathway network (236 kilometres). Enjoy fresh air, exercise and scenic landscapes on paths that extend from Gatineau Park, through Ottawa and into the Greenbelt. The network links the Capital to the whole of Canada via the 15,000-kilometre Trans Canada Trail. The pathways in the Outaouais are also part of the 4,000-kilometre Route verte network.
The Capital Pathway network is marked on the following maps.
- Cycling Capital map
- Ottawa–Gatineau Cycling map
- Google Maps — Use the walking and biking options to plan your route.
Signs are posted along the paths to guide you. You will also find maps at many pathway intersections.
Before you head out, find out where pathway rehabilitation and expansion construction projects are taking place.
Most of the pathways are accessible for people with impaired mobility. If you will be using a wheelchair to travel the pathways, check the Cycling Capital map to see which paths are unpaved or sloped.
Safety and the Pathway Patrol
The Capital Pathway is shared by many users. Keep the paths safe by following the courtesy and safety rules. In particular:
- Share the paths by keeping to the right so that other users can pass.
- Keep your music low so that you can hear bells and warnings.
- Respect the speed limit of 20 kilometres per hour (faster cyclists should seek alternate routes, which are marked on the Ottawa–Gatineau Cycling map).
Pathway patrollers help ensure your outing is safe and enjoyable. They can provide directions, information, first aid and emergency care, and basic equipment repairs. Pathway patrollers include NCC employees, the Ottawa Police, the Gatineau Police, the RCMP and volunteers from the City of Ottawa’s volunteer pathway patrol and the Ville de Gatineau’s Vélo-patrouille.
Report Pathway Problems
Help us keep the paths safe and pleasant. Let us know about spots along the pathways that need repair or maintenance, such as fallen trees, broken glass or potholes. Call us at 613-239-5000 or email us at email@example.com.
The NCC has a 24-hour emergency assistance line: 613-239-5353.