Only 5 (as in: five) km from Parliament Hill, you can cycle through the country side. It is not that Ottawa is that small, but it is called the Experimental Farm. Established a long time ago, the city has developed around the Farm, and now the Farm has heritage designation. Some excellent roads, very little in use by cars, allow me to avoid Baseline and/or Fisher/Carling/Prince of Wales. About 25% of my commute goes through the Farm. In winter, we used to take this road by car to bypass the awful traffic on Baseline, but it is now partly closed in winter. Because more people discovered the worry free driving over the Farm.