Ottawa self-guided tour routes
Great Places to Cycle: Ottawa
- New Rural and Urban Self-Guided Routes -
Make Ottawa a must visit destination on the top of your list this year. Not only is it the epicentre of Canada 150 celebrations, but it is a truly a great place to explore on two wheels. New this year and now available with online mapping and downloadable PDF's are a series of 16 self-guided rural and urban routes, enough to keep you spinning across the city for days on end.
Within the city boundaries not only lies the busy downtown core, but also small villages, expanses of farmlands and areas of natural beauty that are tailor-made for bike visitors, and now connected on 9 of the new routes that take in the best of Ottawa's rural charm. Having assisted in the development of these routes, we know riders will not be disappointed!
A sample of the routes includes the 46km Carp and Country Debunker route, touring through popular ride area with stops at the Herb Garden, Diefenbunker, winery and cafÃ©s. The Out A Way 100k loop takes in all the sites stretching from historic Phiney's Point overlooking the Ottawa River, to Fitzroy Harbour and conveniently starts and end in North Kanata. Discover and enjoy the delightful settings and local vintages on the Rail Trail and Winery Ride 23km loop. Or explore the rural farmlands and Rideau River on the 56km Manotick South and West loop making time to explore and rehydrate at one of the many patios in Manotick's vibrant town centre. Start points are easily accessible from downtown with a short drive or ride out from the core, or by using the bike racks on city buses.
Add to your stay a ride on one of the more urban routes, like the classic 13km downtown tour taking in Little Italy, the River and Rideau Canal, or the longer Big Ottawa Loop and Ottawa River and East Farmland routes each around a 30km ride.
There are plenty of bike rental options in the city, as well as guided tours available on a variety of routes. Make sure to incorporate stops and stays at the now 70 certified bicycle friendly businesses in Ottawa, all a part of the Ontario By Bike Network. www.OntarioByBike.ca/Ottawa