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. For more information on biking in Ottawa check out our Ottawa Bike Guide.
Sunday Bikeday Facts
- Sunday Bikedays are for cycling, walking, jogging, in-line skating and other recreational, non-motorized activities.
- Over 80,000 people took part in Sunday Bikedays during the 1996 season.
- The city of Ottawa was ranked the 8th best cycling city in North America by Bicycling Magazine in 1995.
- Ottawa has the highest per capita population of cyclists in Canada.
- Each household in the Ottawa area has an average of 1.7 bikes.
- In-line skating is growing rapidly and Sunday Bikedays is one of the best times to practice this sport.
- Sunday Bikedays are sponsored by the Capital area radio and made possible by the participation of many organizations who provide volunteers who ensure safety at crossings, start and end points every Sunday morning.
If you are driving to the parkways to cycle, park at the Aviation Museum to access the Rockcliffe Parkway, Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre at Carling Avenue to access the Ottawa River Parkway and along side streets to access Colonel By Drive.
about the Sunday Bikeday program in Canada's Capital Region, drop in at Canada's Capital Information Centre, 90 Wellington Street, Ottawa, or call (613) 239-5000 or 1 (800) 465-1867 (Canada and US)
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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.
Starting on the east side of downtown, this route brings you through scenic (and wealthy) Rockcliffe Park. It finishes at St. Joseph Boulevard for a distance of approximately nine kilometres.