In 2021, the NOKIA Sunday Bikedays program is expanding to NCC Weekend Bikedays, presented by Nokia.

Every weekend from May to October, the NCC opens parkways in Ottawa for active use, morning and afternoon. Whether you’re biking, walking, running or skating, this program is for you!

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

Weekend Bikedays in 2021

In 2021, the program will run from May 1 to October 11 (Thanksgiving), inclusively.

Location and hours

People biking on the car-free Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway during 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: 8 am to 4 pm


People biking on the car-free Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway during 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: 8 am to 4 pm

Other locations

People biking on the car-free Colonel By Drive.

Colonel By Drive

From September 6 until October 11, Colonel By Drive will be open for active use on weekends only from Daly Avenue to Canal Woods Terrace.

  • Length: 5 kilometres
  • Hours: 8 am to 4 pm

People biking on the car-free Gatineau Park parway.

Gatineau Park

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

Gatineau Park Parkways Schedule

Bikedays services

In 2021, the purpose of the parkways will be to provide space for exercise only. For that reason, the free bike clinics, water stations and Young Entrepreneurs Program will not be offered this year.

Rules

The open roads are available to all active users — whether they’re on wheels or on foot. During the NCC Weekend Bikedays program, it is not appropriate to ride at high speeds or in large groups. Please be respectful of others, be predictable and share the road.

  • Travel at safe speeds, and obey traffic signs and signals.
  • Keep right, and make sure that there’s room for others to pass. Pedestrians must walk no more than two abreast, and cyclists must ride in single file.
  • Use caution when passing, and pass on the left. Sound your bell or call out when passing.
  • When you stop, move to the side of the road to allow other users to pass.
  • Scooter-type power-assisted bikes are prohibited. Very often, these devices are heavy and pose greater risks to safety in the event of a collision.

And, as always, be COVID-safe, and follow directives from local and provincial public health authorities.

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) and ServicePlus.

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.