Since 1970, the NCC has hosted Sunday Bikedays, allowing cyclists to experience the Capital’s scenic parkways car-free. Today, the program provides more than 50 kilometres of parkways to hundreds of thousands of visitors, who enjoy seeing the Capital Region from a different perspective and in a fun and environmentally friendly way. The program has been replicated in many other cities around the globe.
NOKIA Sunday Bikedays, the Capital’s popular program, is organized by the National Capital Commission (NCC), in collaboration with long-term title sponsor NOKIA, and major sponsors, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), Service Plus and Bicyclettes de Hull (Hyperlink in French).
Choose your parkways
From May 19 to September 1, 2019
Time to get your bike tuned up, because NOKIA Sunday Bikeways is back for another season.
Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (9 kilometres ): 7 am to 1 pm
Both westbound lanes of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, located on the south side of the Ottawa River just west of the downtown core, from Vimy Place (Canadian War Museum) to Carling Avenue.
A new Fast Lane will also be offered, starting on June 2, from 7 am to 9 am, for cyclists who like to ride 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 side of the Ottawa River, just east of the downtown core, between the Aviation Parkway and St. Joseph Boulevard in Orléans.
The Fast Lane will also be offered, starting on June 2, between 7 am and 9 am for cyclists who like to ride 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.
The Champlain, Fortune Lake and Gatineau parkways (27 kilometres): 6 am to 11 am
Ideal for cycling enthusiasts who enjoy steep hills. A section of the Champlain Lookout is closed due to a wall collapse.
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.
Note: Scooter-type power-assisted bikes are not allowed on the parkways when they are closed for NOKIA Sunday Bikedays.
During NOKIA Sunday Bikedays, from 9 am to 1 pm.
PIPSC mobile water stations
Fill your water bottle, courtesy of PIPSC and ServicePlus
- Colonel By Drive (corner of Rosedale street)
- Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (Champlain Bridge parking lot entrance)
- Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway (corner of Airport-Marina Road)
Quick fix services, courtesy of :
Located on Colonel By Drive (near Clegg Street).
Bicyclettes de Hull
Located on the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway at the Kitchissippi Lookout parking entrance.
Available in all sizes and styles, our bikes are perfect for town or country. Visiting Canada's Capital region has never been so fun or easy.
Le Grenier du petit sportif rents bikes for a small fee. Come to the Maison du Vélo in Jacques-Cartier Park.
We offer daily tours and bike rentals from April to October, and cater to various group sizes and occasions.