Cycling on the Capital’s Pathways

Photo of child and grandfather riding their bikes.
Cyclists of all ages can enjoy the Pathways!

One of the best ways to explore Ottawa–Gatineau is by bike. There are over 600 kilometres of bike paths in Canada’s Capital Region. 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 in-line skaters, runners and walkers, so be sure to follow the courtesy and safety rules.

Scenic Bike Paths

Are you planning an outing by bike? The following paths, in alphabetical order, will take you to past some of the best scenery in Ottawa and Gatineau.

Experimental Farm Pathway

Visit the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum along the way.

Greenbelt Pathway West

Explore Shirleys 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.

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 entrance to the Rideau Canal, a National Historic Site of Canada.

Rideau Canal Western Pathway

Delight your senses on this pathway, as you pass through Commissioners Park and its extraordinary flower displays.

Rideau River Eastern Pathway

Bike to Vincent Massey Park, where you can stop for a picnic or a barbecue!

Voyageurs Pathway

Cycle along 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 are available.

Bike Rentals

You can rent a bike through:

  • Capital BIXI — This shared bike program offers 250 bikes at 25 self-service stations in downtown Ottawa and Gatineau. The bikes are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week from April to November. It's an innovative way to get around in the heart of the Capital.
  • Rent-A-Bike
  • Maison du vélo — The Maison de vélo offers free services, including bike rentals, adapted bicycles and bike repairs. It is open seven days a week from mid-May to mid-October.

Maps

  • Google Maps: Plan your next bike trip around Ottawa and Gatineau with Google Maps! The new Google Maps biking feature brings the Capital’s complete cycling network to your computer or smartphone. Simply enter your start and end points in Google Maps, click the bike picture and voila! Your route will include bike trails, bike lanes and bike-friendly streets (and avoid hills!) whenever possible.
  • Ottawa–Gatineau Cycling map

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