Cycling on the Capital’s pathways
Are you planning an outing by bike? The following paths (presented in alphabetical order) will take you 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 UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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
Cycle along the northern side of the Ottawa River, and take in spectacular views of Parliament Hill and the Canadian Museum of History.
The paths are shared with in-line skaters, runners and walkers, so be sure to follow the rules for courtesy and safety on the pathway.
The Ottawa-Gatineau Cycling Map
This map is brought to you by the NCC, in partnership with the City of Ottawa, the Ville de Gatineau, Outaouais Tourism and Ottawa Tourism.
- at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre (33 Scott Road, Chelsea)
- at the Capital Information Kiosk (90 Wellington Street, Ottawa, across from Parliament Hill)
- at the Maison du Tourisme (103 Laurier Street, Gatineau across from the Canadian Museum of History)
- at Ottawa City Hall (110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa), or at one of the City of Ottawa's Client Service Centres
- at the welcome desk of the Maison du citoyen (25 Laurier Street, Gatineau), or at a Ville de Gatineau client service centre or public library.
Cycling in the Greenbelt
Enjoy biking in the Greenbelt on the following pathways, all of which are part of the Capital Pathway network.
Greenbelt Pathway West
The western section of the Greenbelt Pathway is 10.4 kilometres in length. The path is mostly flat, with some hills, and passes through forests, fields and farm landscapes. It connects to the Watts Creek Pathway and is part of the Trans Canada Trail. The Greenbelt Pathway West has an asphalt and stone dust surface.
Watts Creek Pathway
The Watts Creek Pathway is west of Ottawa in the Shirleys Bay area. This 9.3-kilometre trail connects to the Greenbelt Pathway West and the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (previously known as the Ottawa River Parkway), and is part of the Trans Canada Trail. The Watts Creek Pathway has an asphalt surface.
Greenbelt Pathway East
The eastern portion of the Greenbelt Pathway is 4.6 kilometres in length, and connects to the Ottawa River Pathway. The Greenbelt Pathway East has a stone dust surface.