Sofia Benjelloun

Strategic Communications Advisor

Friday, August 30, 2019 12:00 am


This weekend is your last chance to enjoy biking on car-free parkways during NOKIA Sunday Bikedays, or to take a dip at Gatineau Park beaches.

LABOUR DAY IS THE LAST DAY AT NCC BEACHES

As of Labour Day this year, NCC beaches will have seen 81 days of swimming and summer fun for families and friends. The constant heat this summer has made our beaches extra popular, both in Gatineau Park and at Leamy Lake.

Monday, September 2 will be the last day to enjoy the beaches this season: Gatineau Park beaches (10 am to 6 pm) and the Leamy Lake beach (10 am to 7pm). To find out which beaches are open, check our interactive map.

LAST SUNDAY OF THE 49th SEASON OF NOKIA SUNDAY BIKEDAYS

September 1 will be the last day of the 49th season of NOKIA Sunday Bikedays, in collaboration with long-term title sponsor NOKIA, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), ServicePlus, and Bicyclettes de Hull. This Sunday will be your last chance to enjoy car-free roads from which to admire the beauty of the Capital Region.

This year offered a second and new Fast Lane on the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway between 7 am and 9 am for cyclists who enjoy riding faster as well as one new bike check clinic offered by Bicyclettes de Hull. In addition, this season, through the NCC’s Young Entrepreneurs Program, more than 20 children and youth between the ages of 5 and 17 sold all kinds of ingenious products—from refreshments to artisanal soaps—along the parkways.

Car-free Ottawa parkways

  • Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (9 kilometres): 7 am to 1 pm
    Two westbound lanes of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, located on the south shore of the Ottawa River just west of the downtown core, between Booth Street and Carling Avenue. The Fast Lane is open from 7 am to 9 am for cyclists who enjoy riding faster.
  • Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway (8 kilometres): 7 am to 1 pm
    Both lanes of the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway, running along the south shore of the Ottawa River, east of the downtown core, from the Aviation Parkway to St. Joseph Boulevard in Orléans. The Fast Lane is open from 7 am to 9 am for cyclists who enjoy riding faster.
  • Colonel By Drive (8 kilometres): 9 am to 1 pm
    Both lanes of Colonel By Drive, located on the east side of the Rideau Canal, from Daly Street to the Hog’s Back Bridge.

Car-free Gatineau Park parkways

  • The Champlain, Fortune Lake and Gatineau parkways (27 kilometres): 6 am to 11 am
    Ideal for cycling enthusiasts who enjoy steep hills.
  • The “North Loop” of the Gatineau Parkway (3.5 kilometres): 6 am to 1 pm
    North of Chemin du Lac-Meech, this loop is ideal for families with young children.

The NCC would like to thank the NOKIA volunteers who were on hand to offer free bike checks this year.

For a third year in a row, Sunday Bikedays participants enjoyed three mobile water stations on Ottawa parkways. This service was provided by PIPSC. The NCC had received many requests for water stations, both from the public and from consultation participants. The water stations were located on Colonel By Drive, the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway.

The NCC would also like to thank its NOKIA Sunday Bikedays partners: its title sponsor, NOKIA, major sponsors, Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), ServicesPlus and Bicyclettes de Hull, media partners (Ottawa Citizen, Le Droit, 94.9 Rouge FM, 105.3 KISS FM, and CHEZ 106.1), as well as Safer Roads Ottawa and NCC volunteers.

For more information about NOKIA Sunday Bikedays, the public may contact the NCC at 613-239-5000, 1-800-465-1867 (toll-free), 613-239-5090 (TTY) or 1-866-661-3530 (toll-free TTY).

Media Information:

Sofia Benjelloun
NCC Media Relations
613-239-5678 ext. 5528 (office)
343-549-7203 (cellular)
sofia.benjelloun@ncc-ccn.ca