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.

Learn about the Eco-TOTEM bike counter — keeping a real-time tally as cyclists pass by along the Portage Bridge pathway.

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 Share

VeloGO is the bike share service for the Ottawa–Gatineau area. Bike sharing is a fun, healthy and affordable way to get around the Capital Region. Rent a bike, and breeze through morning traffic, take a spin on your lunch break, or turn an errand run into a refreshing adventure.

Bike Rentals

You can rent a bike through:

  • 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

Discover the Capital Pathway Cycling Loops of Ottawa–Gatineau on Google Maps

Ottawa–Gatineau has some of the most scenic cycling routes in Canada. Here are two suggestions for cycling loops: one route in Ottawa that suits all ages and abilities, and one route in Gatineau for more advanced cyclists.

Rideau River and Rideau Canal Loop: 22 km

This fully paved cycling loop follows scenic water routes over fairly flat terrain with some inclines. It is suitable for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

Gatineau River and Gatineau Park Loop: 24.3 km

This cycling loop is ideal for nature lovers. It winds through scenic natural wooded areas and open rolling terrain with some steep hills, and is fully paved. Best suited to advanced cyclists.

This Google map will help you choose a starting point for your bike trip, and it suggests sights to see along the way. It also provides information about parking, washrooms and other services.

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