May long weekend

The program will also be in effect on the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway and the Queen Elizabeth Driveway on Monday, May 23, 2022.


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, 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 2022

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

Location and hours

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)

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

Queen Elizabeth Driveway

Both lanes of the Queen Elizabeth Driveway, located 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 the car-free Gatineau Park parway.

Gatineau Park

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

Gatineau Park Parkways Schedule

Bikedays services

New in 2022: CAA Rest Area
On most weekends, CAA will offer a Rest Area on Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, near Island Park Drive.There will be picnic tables and parasols to take a break, family games and treats, and a tire pumping station.

Safety first

The open 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.

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.