Cycling pathways Ottawa

Cycling in rural Ottawa

With over 800 kilometres (497 miles) of pathways, Canada’s capital region is a cyclist’s dream—especially the vast countryside surrounding the city. As you bike through rural landscapes, you can stop along the way and explore local historic sites, hiking trails, wineries, breweries and restaurants. Plan your epic cycling journey through Ottawa’s charming rural communities by using the self-guided bicycle tours below. 

Self Guided Bicycle Tours

Self Guided Bicycle Route - Carp & Country Debunker
Carp & Country Debunker
Visit the village of Carp west of Ottawa for its cafés, restaurants and vineyard. Then cool off in the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum.
Self Guided Bicycle Route - Park to Park River Ramble
Park to Park River Ramble
Explore along the Ottawa River northwest of the city, including a provincial park, a conservation area, and a ferry ride to the province of Quebec.
Self Guided Bicycle Route - Kanata & North Country Cruise
Kanata & North Country Cruise
Learn about local history at Pinhey’s Point, visit the village of Dunrobin and the suburb of Kanata, and get active in the South March Highlands.
Self Guided Bicycle Route - The Osgoode Ride
The Osgoode Ride
Ride through the towns of Osgoode, Metcalfe and Greely. Visit the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays or the annual agricultural fair in the fall.
Self Guided Bicycle Route - Cumber Tour de Land
Cumber Tour de Land
In the village of Cumberland east of Ottawa, you’ll find a heritage museum, farms, cafés, and a ferry across the Ottawa River to Quebec.
Self Guided Bicycle Route - Rail Trail & Winery Ride
Rail Trail & Winery Ride
Take a spin on the Ottawa Prescott Russell rail trail just south of the village of Navan. You’ll ride through farmland and by two local wineries.
Self Guided Bicycle Route - Munster Meander
Munster Meander
Explore the town of Munster just west of Ottawa where you can stop at a riverside brewpub, a vineyard, a museum, a coffee shop, and a farm.
Self Guided Bicycle Route - Manotick South & West
Manotick South & West
The suburban village of Manotick, located south along the Rideau River, features eateries, boutiques, a conservation area, a historic mill and more.
Map Greely
The Greely Loop
Bike the quiet streets and pathways of Greely, south of Ottawa, to see its parks, woodland, a farm, and the Greely Community Centre.

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