Bay Street in Ottawa received a make over at the north end. The result is a safer corridor for cyclists and pedestrians alike. It will mostly serve people to and from Quebec via the Portage bridge. Special attention for the Dutch style intersections and the near traffic signals.
A hidden gem in Quebec: the Levis “Parcours des Anses’ multi use pathway allows for a lovely casual ride along the St Lawrence river.
Last week, US based People for Bikes released its annual City Rankings Score for cycling. Ottawa ranks in the 91st percentile, Gatineau in the 98th percentile. The total number of cities ranked is 767. We’ll dive into the details here. The biggest surprise is perhaps that Vancouver ranks tenth, after Ottawa.
If you are looking for a shortish 32 km bike ride outside Ottawa that involves coffee, countryside and culture, this route might be exactly what you are looking for. We are visiting two historic places just west of Ottawa: Almonte and Carleton Place.
Chelsea, QC has been developing the former Hull to Wakefield train tracks into a shared community pathway since 2017. But you won’t cycle the entire track from Gatineau anytime soon due to a 1300 meter missing link that is too expensive to rebuild.
(September 13, 2021 update) The NCC Bikedays has opened several parkways earlier than usual due to COVID-19. On top of that, they are open more often. This year, the Bike Sundays are renamed to Bike Weekends. This is a welcome addition to the already at times crowded shared pathways. Colonel By will be closed to cars for a few months [Read more…]
Just before Ontario closed its border for Quebeckers, we took a last trip to enjoy the Gatineau pathways. We came back with cheese and dessert in our panniers.
There is more than cycling on multi use pathways and roads. Gravel biking is becoming more popular and the area around Ottawa in Eastern Ontario offers tons of possibilities. We’ll take a closer look at the Log Driver’s Waltz around Ottawa.
Cars are comfortable. Yet I have something against cars and it is probably not what you expect.
Travelling with a campervan brought us to some beautiful places in Quebec. But it requires some travelling as distances are vast. Enter #vanlife