The NCC Weekend Bikedays, presented by Nokia are back!

Every weekend from May to October, the NCC opens parkways in Ottawa exclusively for active use, morning and afternoon. Whether you’re biking, walking, in-line skating, using a wheelchair or scooter, or pushing a stroller, this program is for you!

These car-free roads are a great way to experience the beauty of the National Capital Region in a fun, safe and environmentally friendly way.

Weekend Bikedays in 2022

In 2022, the program will run on weekends, from May 14 to October 10 (Thanksgiving), inclusively.

Location and hours

People biking on the car-free Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway during Weekend Bikedays.

Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway

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 to Carling Avenue.

  • Length: 9 kilometres
  • Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, from 8 am to 4 pm, and on long weekend Mondays (May 23, August 1, September 5 and October 10)
People biking on the car-free Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway during Weekend Bikedays.

Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway

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.

  • Length: 8 kilometres
  • Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, from 8 am to 4 pm, and on long weekend Mondays (May 23, August 1, September 5 and October 10)

Other locations

People biking on the car-free Queen Elizabeth Driveway.

Queen Elizabeth Driveway

Both lanes of the Queen Elizabeth Driveway, on the west side of the Rideau Canal, will be open for active use only, between Fifth Avenue and Somerset Street.

  • Length: 2.4 kilometres
  • May 14 to June 25: Weekends from Saturday 8 am through to Sunday at 8 pm, and on Monday, May 23
  • July 1 (Canada Day), at 8 am to September 5 (Labour Day) at 8 pm: 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • September 10 to October 10 (Thanksgiving): Weekends from Saturday at 8 am through to Sunday at 8 pm
People biking on a the car-free Gatineau Park parkway in Gatineau Park.

Gatineau Park

Gatineau Park has its own pilot project. The parkways in Gatineau Park are reserved for active use most of the time, except on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays after 1 pm.

Gatineau Park parkways schedule

Bikedays services

CAA Rest Area
On most weekends, CAA will offer a rest area on the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, near Island Park Drive. There will be picnic tables and parasols, games for families, an Icicle Tricycle, and an inflation station where you can pump up your tires.

Repair and Run kiosk
Bike problems? Stop by the Repair and Run kiosk, at Remic Rapids Park every weekend from 10 am to 4 pm, until July 24. The tech team will get your bike back in shape for the road! They offer over 20 different services. Prices are displayed on-site and posted online.

Safety first

Car-free roads are available to all active users — whether they’re on wheels or on foot. Please be respectful of others: ride at safe speeds, be predictable and share the path.

Come out and meet our teams on the scenic parkways and multi-use pathways during our annual safety campaign.

About the program

NCC Weekend Bikedays, presented by Nokia, the Capital’s popular program, is organized by the NCC, in collaboration with long-term sponsor Nokia, and major sponsors Claridge Homes, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), ServicePlus and CAA.

Since 1970, the NCC has hosted Sunday Bikedays, allowing cyclists to experience the Capital’s scenic parkways car-free. Today, the program provides about 20 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.