Managing the Capital’s Multi-Use Pathways

Photo of a cyclist on a Capital Pathway with Parliament Hill in the background
Cycling along the Ottawa River Pathway.

The Capital Pathway network is one of the largest integrated pathway networks in North America. There are 600 kilometres of multi-use paths in Canada’s Capital Region. More than 250 kilometres are interconnected, and link superb natural areas, parks, gardens, museums and other attractions. The NCC manages 236 kilometres of these multi-use paths.

These wide, paved paths — designed for walkers, joggers, cyclists and in-line skaters — often parallel the region’s shorelines, linking many natural and cultural attractions. Traffic on the Capital Pathway network has doubled since 2000. More and more residents are using the paths to commute to work, choosing a more active mode of transportation.

Pathway Maintenance, Rehabilitation and Expansion

Every spring, as soon as the snow melts, the recreational paths are cleaned and repaired to be ready for use. They are then regularly maintained by our maintenance teams. The recreational paths are not maintained during the winter. The NCC oversees rehabilitation work on the 236 kilometres of the Capital Pathway network for which it is responsible.

How to Report Pathway Problems

Help us keep the paths in good condition. Let us know about spots that need repair or maintenance, due to damaged surfaces, fallen trees or potholes, for example.

Call: 613-239-5000 or 613-239-5353 (emergency)

Supporting Commuting by Bike

Cycling as a means of transportation is important for Canada’s Capital Region. The NCC is working with the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau to extend the region’s pathways and cycling lanes to encourage more people to make use of them. In 2010, Ottawa–Gatineau became the first region in Canada to offer biking directions on Google Maps for its complete cycling network (bike paths, bike lanes and bike-friendly roads). The NCC has also developed a Park and Cycle program.

Pathway Safety

The pathways are supervised by NCC conservation officers, the Ottawa Police, the Gatineau Police and the RCMP. The NCC also supports community groups that organize volunteer pathway patrols, including the Gatineau cycling patrol and the City of Ottawa’s Pathway Patrol.