Bike parked near a train crossing.
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.

Cycling Maps & Bike Routes

  • Cycling map
    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.
  • The Capital Pathway
    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.
  • Gatineau 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.
  • Google 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...

Cycling Events

  • Alcatel-Lucent 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 Mass
    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.
  • World Naked Bike Day
    An annual event, usually held in early June.

Essential Links

  • Citizens for Safe Cycling
    CfSC is the voluntary association of cyclists who work for better, safer, environmentally- friendly cycling in Ottawa.
  • City of Ottawa - Cycling
    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.
  • Citizen Cycle
    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."
  • Biking Country
    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.
  • Outaouais Cycling
    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.

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