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The Best Places to Bike in Ottawa


Ottawa is a beautiful town to enjoy the outdoors and explore the city views on a bike. Check out below the best places to spend your weekends on a bike, strolling around town, and visiting some of the National Capital Region’s most popular local spots.

1. Rideau Canal
Distance: 13km roundtrip
The Rideau River pathway is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors and take in the best views of Ottawa. A good bike ride starting spot is across from the Westin Ottawa hotel. Hop on the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway South until you reach Dows Lake Pavilion, where you can enjoy a lovely lunch on a patio. You can also park your bike at one of the many bike racks and rent a canoe, kayak or paddleboat to take a ride along the river. During the bike ride, you can stop along the way to enjoy the view or rest at one of the benches. You will also pass the redeveloped Lansdowne Park; if you go on a Sunday between 9am and 3pm, you can check out the Ottawa Farmers’ Market.

2. Westboro – Britannia Park
Distance: 16km roundtrip
This bike ride starts at Island Park and Byron Avenue in Westboro and the destination is the stunning Britannia Park. The ride follows the bike path along the Ottawa River with beautiful views of Westbrook Beach, Deschênes Rapids and Gatineau Hills. At the end of the ride, you can stop at the Britannia Coffee House for a lovely treat and a rest before you head back.

3. NOKIA Sunday Bikedays
From May 19th to September 1st, 2019 in Ottawa, NOKIA presents Sunday Bikedays where three road closures will take place for half a day to allow people to enjoy the outdoors car-free.

Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway
Distance: 9km | Time: 7am to 1pm
Both westbound lanes of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway are closed. This location is on the south side of the Ottawa River, just west of the downtown core. This parkway also offers a fast lane from 7:00am to 9:00am for the cyclists who want to ride faster.

Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway
Distance: 8km | Time: 7am to 1pm
Both lanes of the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway are closed. Also on the south side of the Ottawa River, east of the downtown core. A fast lane will also be offered between 7:00am and 9:00am for the faster riders.

Colonel By Drive
Distance: 8km | Time: 9am to 1pm
Both lanes of Colonel By Drive are closed off. This pathway is located on the east side of the Rideau Canal; starting at Daly Street and ending at the Hog’s Back Bridge.

Take advantage of these next few months of warm weather and explore Ottawa on a bike. You can make all of these bike rides a day event and stop along the way at some of the best spots in town! If you don’t have a bike of your own, speak to the LIV Apartments’ Concierge team to rent one.

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