- Keep a distance of 2 m from others.
- Ride in a single file.
- Keep to the right, pass left.
- Don't block the path, step aside to let others pass.
Some of the parkways are open exclusively for active users, Monday to Saturday, and Sunday morning. Details here.
Gatineau Park offers plenty of options for cyclists. You can bike on the Capital Pathway, on the Park’s scenic parkways or, during the proper season, on mountain biking trails. These routes will take you past some of the best scenery in Gatineau Park.
Plan your ride using the Ottawa–Gatineau Cycling Map below to see these routes and others in the Ottawa–Gatineau region.
Cycling on the Capital Pathway
The section of the Capital Pathway that runs through Gatineau Park is known as the Gatineau Park Pathway or Trail 5. It’s a 12.5-kilometre paved pathway that winds through open, rolling terrain with wooded areas and many steep hills. It is ideal for nature lovers and advanced cyclists.
Share the path
The Capital Pathway is for everyone — pedestrians, runners, cyclists, in-line skaters and people with mobility impairments.
When cycling on the Capital Pathway, Share the Path to help keep the pathways safe and fun for everyone.
Cycling on the parkways
Share the road
When cycling on the parkways, you must respect Quebec’s Highway Safety Code. Outside of special programming, parkways are shared with motor vehicles.
These rules apply to everyone.
- Obey speed limits.
- Obey stop signs.
These rules apply to cyclists.
- Ride in single file, close to the shoulder.
- Keep groups to a maximum of 15 cyclists.
These rules apply to motorists.
- Use caution when passing cyclists: maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres.
- You may need to drive over the yellow line: it is permitted to encroach on the left lane, as long as it’s done safely. Before passing, make sure there are no oncoming vehicles.
Programming on the parkways
Mountain biking in Gatineau Park
Mountain biking trails are opened.
Gatineau Park’s mountain biking season typically runs from May 15 to November 30 (weather-dependent). During this period, 90 kilometres of trails are open to both hikers and mountain bikers. But be prepared! To tackle the Park’s hilly terrain on a bike, you need to be in good shape and have some skill in mountain biking.
For ecological reasons, mountain biking is not allowed on any trails other than those indicated on the Gatineau Park Summer Trails Map.
The following rules are promoted and recognized worldwide by the International Mountain Bicycling Association. They are intended to help ensure the safety of both mountain bikers and hikers and to protect the environment.
- Use only trails that are open for mountain biking. (Note: In Gatineau Park, all biking trails are shared with hikers.)
- Bike only during the specified mountain biking season. During the off-season, the trails are particularly vulnerable to erosion.
- Always yield the right-of-way to hikers.
- Always control your speed, especially on curves and downhill portions of the trail. To avoid accidents, alert other trail users to your presence as you approach to pass them.
- Plan ahead. Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding, and prepare accordingly.
Thrill-seekers can try mountain biking at Camp Fortune, which opens its ski slopes for biking during the summer. Fees may apply to access these trails.
Plan your ride
The Ottawa–Gatineau Cycling Map
The Ottawa–Gatineau Cycling Map displays all of the major cycling paths and trails in the National Capital Region. 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. Use it to plan your ride.
You can also download an electronic copy of this map, or pick up a hard copy at one of many locations throughout the Capital.
Get a hard copy of the Ottawa–Gatineau Cycling map at one of the following locations:
- Bulletin boards along the Capital Pathway network
- Gatineau Park Visitor Centre (33 Scott Road, Chelsea)
- Capital Information Kiosk (90 Wellington Street, Ottawa, across from Parliament Hill)
- Maison du Tourisme (103 Laurier Street, Gatineau, across from the Canadian Museum of History)
- Ottawa City Hall (110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa), or at one of the City of Ottawa's Client Service Centres
- Welcome desk at the Maison du citoyen (25 Laurier Street, Gatineau), or at a Ville de Gatineau client service centre or public library.