Cycling along the waterways in the National Capital Region

This 30 km route is a wonderful route to take in the many rivers, lakes and the canal in the area.

I modified the route slightly, which is reflected in the GPS file but not on this map yet. You will cycle across the Ottawa River on a former railway bridge.

This route takes you on a 30 kilometer tour through Ottawa and Gatineau along parts of the Rideau River, the Rideau Canal and Dow’s Lake, the Ottawa River, Lac Leamy and the Gatineau River. You’ll cycle through greenspace most of the time, but you’ll never be far from a place to eat or drink.

This route uses an old one kilometer crossing across the Ottawa River via the Chief William Commanda bridge, an old railway bridge, formerly known as the Prince of Wales bridge.

There are public washrooms in Vincent Massey Park, which is worth a stop anyway as the building has a great design, with the roof collecting rainwater. Vincent Massey Park also has tons of picnic tables. The Park at Lac Leamy has a beach, washrooms and change rooms.

You can easily make this an entire day if you stop for a swim and a bite. Great to do with kids too. There is also a beach at Mooney’s Bay, just south of Hog’s Back Falls locks.

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