Park and Cycle in Canada’s Capital
Add some fresh air to your commute, and do your part for a greener capital. The NCC has established the Park and Cycle program to promote sustainable transportation in Canada’s Capital Region. Between 6 am and 10 pm,* from snowmelt until the first frost, you can park your car for free in a Park and Cycle parking lot, then hop on your bike to complete your journey to downtown Ottawa–Gatineau on one of the Capital’s many multi-use pathways.
Park and Cycle Locations
There are 14 park and cycle locations in Ottawa and Gatineau, with a total of 535 parking spots. Each location is strategically located beside a bike-friendly route, and is marked on the Ottawa-Gatineau Cycling map.
- Champlain Bridge: 60 parking spaces
- Shirleys Bay: 50 parking spaces
- Deschênes Rapids: 45 parking spaces
- Hampton Park (on Island Park Drive): 30 parking spaces
- Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway (four locations): P4, 35 parking spaces; P5, 40 parking spaces; P7, 35 parking spaces; P8, 25 parking spaces
- Greenbelt (two locations): P18, 25 parking spaces; P21, 20 parking spaces
- Chaudières parking lot: 20 parking spaces
- Deschênes parking lot: 20 parking spaces
- Gatineau Park Visitor Centre: 100 parking spaces
- Leamy Lake:* 30 parking spaces
Park and Cycle Season
The season begins as soon as the snow melts (around April 15) and ends with the first frost (around November 1).
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Free parking is available at Park and Cycle locations between 6 am and 10 pm,* from snowmelt (around April 15) until the first frost (around November 1).
The Park and Cycle parking locations are marked on the Ottawa-Gatineau Cycling map.