This route follows the Rideau Canal, from the Rideau Centre (by the Congress Centre), past Dow's Lake, past Carleton University, to Hog's Back Falls. (Mooney's Bay Public Beach is just across the street). Distance of approximately 10 kilometres each way.
This is where fitness enthusiasts tend to conglomerate. Forty kilometres of road in hilly Gatineau Park and miles and miles of off-road paths. The Parkway is closed to motor traffic each Sunday from 6:00 a.m. until noon, the rest of the time, expect to share the road, unless you head into the trails in the bush.
Starting on the western side of downtown, this bikepath runs along the south side of the Ottawa River. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll pass scenic lookouts and two public beaches. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s possible to follow the route to Kanata. Approximately 20 km.
Every Sunday morning through the summer, you'll see people of all ages turn out on the Capital parkways to walk, run, cycle or skate from 9:00 a.m. to l:00 p.m and from 6 am to noon for the Gatineau parkways. Sixty-five kilometres of parkways are reserved for this purpose, free from motor traffic.