Ottawa's recreation paths are one of our greatest resources. This path connects March Road in Kanata with the Watt's Creek path and West Greenbelt Path (near Carling) to the east. Not a long section of path but it winds its way thgouth fields and over streams -- and over train tracks too. Photo by Glen Gower.
Ottawa bike paths, cycling resources
Ottawa is a great city for cyclists. There are over 170 kilometres of bike paths in the city, many of them along our scenic rivers and canals. It's also easy to cycle on the roads, with many major routes featuring special bike lanes to make commuting easy.
- Ottawa Gymnastics Centre
Our mission is to inspire enthusiasm for and lifelong involvement in gymnastics by providing positive and diverse programs. Whether you're interested in recreation or competitive programs, adult drop-in classes, special needs programs, camps, birthday parties or private lessons - OGC is the Place to Be! Check us out at www.ottawagymnasticscentre.ca
- Studio X Ottawa Inc.
Studio X Ottawa Inc. is your "one stop" eclectic dance, fitness and space rental centre! We offer eclectic range of dance classes and Fitness Classes Ottawa to children, adults and older adults. We also rent the space to teach, practice, rehearse, have any type of social gatherings or corporate events.
- Tumblers Gymnastics Centre
Tumblers Gymnastics Centre has recreational and competitive gymnastics programs for children of all ages and skill levels. From Kinder classes that teach fundamental movements for children as young as 18 months, to youth recreational and competitive programs, special needs programs and day camps. For more information visit our website www.tumblers.ca
- Nepean Corona Summer Camp
Nepean Corona Summer Camp offers gymnastics instructions, team and field sports, various activities and crafts for boys and girls aged 3 years and up. Every Thursday we embark on a new and exciting field trip. Corona offers specialty camps and summer evening classes on Monday and Wednesday nights.
- Learn to Skate with Minto Skating Club
Learn to skate at Minto. We have certified coaches dedicated to helping you achieve your skating goals. Whether you’re a first time skater, advanced competitor or somewhere in between we have a program for you. Our LEARN TO SKATE PROGRAM (CanSkate) is geared to beginners of all ages. Visit us at www.mintoskatingclub.com/canskate
- Summer Camps in the Ottawa area
A big list of Ottawa-area summer camps, including day camps and stay-over camps. There's a broad range of camps offered, from sports to arts, rock band camps, horse riding camps, leaderships camps, radio camps and pretty just about any other category you can think of.
- Swimming pools, beaches and waterparks in Ottawa
Ottawa has four public beaches, more than 50 wading pools, 9 outdoor pools, and 20 public swimming complexes. (And that's not even counting all of the facilities on the Gatineau side!)
Cycling Maps & Bike Routes
This bike route map from the City of Ottawa covers the entire city, showing bike lanes, bike paths, and even busy intersections. A must-have resource for any cyclist in Ottawa.
This site from the National Capital Commission features interactive maps of Ottawa's recreational pathways.The paths are great for cycling and a whole lot of other activities, such as walking, jogging and in-line skating.
Features route suggestions and tons of info for Ottawa cyclists. These include the paths around town as well as rides to such nearby places as the Gatineau Hills and Carleton Place. Created by local cyclist Michael McGoldrick.
Park Mountain Biking
Cycle through Gatineau Park and discover some amazing treasures: plants and animals, unique sites, crystal-clear lakes. It's all part of a shared pathway network that puts a spring in the step of hikers and a bounce in the tires of mountain bikers.
- National Capital Greenbelt
Many of the Greenbelt trails are great for cyclists. Through forests, along streams, winding paths, wilderness -- it all makes for an interesting ride.
Maps: Biking in Ottawa
A map overlay for Google Maps showing off-road paths and designated cycling routes on local roads.
List of Ottawa bike trails
A web site that "helps cyclists share knowledge of good bicycle routes". The web site combines Google Maps with user-submitted bike routes. Read more...
- Looking for more road maps? Check out our Maps Guide...
Sunday Bikedays 2014
May 18-August 31, 2014
Every Sunday morning from Victoria Day weekend until Labour Day weekend, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy more than 50 kilometres of scenic parkways in the heart of the Capital and Gatineau Park that are closed to motorized traffic and reserved for cyclists, in-line skaters, runners and walkers. Nearly a million people participated in 2013.
- May: Bike to Work Month
- May 31: Capital Vélo Fest Bike Festival
- Ottawa Critical
The last Friday of every month, the Critical Mass group leaves Confederation Park at 6:00pm.
- Commuter Challenge
Yearly event challenging commuters to ditch the car and bike, walk or take transit to work.
Naked Bike Day
An annual event, usually held in early June.
- Citizens for Safe Cycling
CfSC is the voluntary association of cyclists who work for better, safer, environmentally- friendly cycling in Ottawa.
- City of Ottawa
From the City of Ottawa, this site offers info for all of your cycling needs in Ottawa, including where to find maps of cycling routes, a list of charity and fun rides, and even how to take your bicycle on OC Transpo buses and trains.
From the Ottawa Citizen: " We think that biking in Ottawa ought to be easier, safer, and a lot more fun. Achieving that might be as simple as giving area cyclists a way to connect. CitizenCycle is here to bring cyclists together with useful information, in a way that makes it easy to share what they know."
- Cycling Vision Ottawa
"Cycling Vision Ottawa wants to see a Capital region where more women, seniors, families, cyclists of all stripes are eager to get on their bikes and are comfortable riding city streets."
From the National Capital Commission, this page has info about cycling in Gatineau Park, Alcatel Bike Sundays, and the Capital Pathway -- the scenic network of Ottawa bike paths.
This site is aimed at tourists, but has useful info for people who live here as well.
- Cycloparc PPJ
A trail linking the main towns in the Pontiac region of Western Quebec. There are four tours of about 18 km each.
- Vélo Plaisirs
French site covering cycling in the Outatouais.
- Bike View in Ottawa
- Cycling in Ottawa
A local blog covering topics such as parking, mass transit, safety, activism, bike paths, and more.
A group blog, featuring several Ottawa contributors.
- The Incidental Cyclist
- Modal Mom
- Ottawa Velo Vogue
- Urban Commuter
- OttawaStart Blog: Bicycles
Rentals, sales & service
- RentABike (rentals)
- Capital Bixi (rentals)
- RightBike – Your Community Bike-Share Service
- Used Ottawa: Bicycles for sale
- Cycle Power
- The Cyclery
- Dave's Bike Dump
- Flashback (retroreflective safety product)
- Fresh Air Experience
- Full Cycle
- Joe Mamma Urban Cycles
- McCrank's Cycles
- Mountain Equipment Co-op
- OttaWatt Electric Bike & Cycle Import
- Rebec & Kroes Cycle & Sport
- Re-Cycles Bicycle Co-op
- Retro Rides
- Sport Echange Outaouais
- Tall Tree Cycles
- Thompson Mobile Cycle
- Bicycles for Humanity
- Bike Up Bicycle Parking Systems
- e-bikes - rules for electric bikes on the Capital Pathway Network
- Human Powered Vehicle Operators
"A loose affilation of cyclists ... [who] share a love of recumbents, folding bikes, choppers, and perhaps just about any bike that might look a bit different ."
- Mountain Bike Kanata (check out the forums)
best bike-accessible beaches
- Ottawa Biking Problems
Local cyclist Alex deVries explains: "After years of complaining about bad cycling facilities, it made sense to put together one site that tries to consolidate them and offers enough free-form formatting to convey the actual problem properly." See also: Biking on Carling
An interactive page from CBC, highlighting the most dangerous roads and intersections for cyclists in Ottawa.
- Rated M Biking
Mountain bike skill programs
- They Stole My Bike (find a lost bike)
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