City Cruising: Staying Active in Lockdown (Ontario)
Under the current provincial stay-at-home order, outdoor exercise is permitted. Recognizing the importance of safely enjoying healthy outdoor exercise, we have compiled a few routes across the city along NCC pathways and parkways that are easily accessible and safe for users. The following routes are ideal for all cyclists, experienced and novice alike— the routes remain pretty flat and can be accessed from one's local pathway/ parkway entry points, or from the highlighted NCC parking spaces, listed below. Please note, the NCC is requesting the public to follow public health directives, as well as its preventative measures, at all times; more information can be found here. Additionally, these are just recommended routes to stay active under what is currently permitted under recent frameworks, for up-to-date COVID-19 guidelines, click here.
East End Cruising
With beautiful views of the Ottawa River, it is clear why so many from around the city enjoy riding out here. These routes highlighted are ideal for those living in Ottawa East, whether you prefer riding along the city's multi-use pathways, some adventure, or even some light gravel, there's a little for everyone's preferences. Additionally, the 8km parkway between the Aviation Museum and St-Joseph Blvd. is now closed to motorists daily from 8am-4pm.
Between beautiful views of the Rideau falls, scenic river views from the pathways, and more while being incredibly accessible, these routes sure pack a punch! While the starting point for these routes are the NCC's parking lots around Hog's Back Fall's, they remain easily accessible for those who live close to the pathways. To note, a 2.4km section of the Queen Elizabeth Driveway is closed to motor vehicle circulation between 9am to 5pm.
West End Cruising
Don't worry, we haven't forgotten about all of you West end folks! While the West end is quite large, we have attempted to make routes for the major identified Western regions within the city's boundaries. These routes are ideal for anyone living out in the West end wanting to get out and try a different route or who are perhaps unsure which routes are safer and more ideal for riding. While the multi-use pathways in the West end aren't fully interconnected, we have attempted to select lower traffic routes or roads with wide shoulders/ bike lanes to accommodate this. Additionally, a 9km section of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway has been closed to motor vehicle traffic from 8am to 4pm.