Ottawa Easy Riders

Detailed Descriptions of Rides

Ashton Station / Appleton

From the Ashton Pub, we take the 9th line to the Trans Canada Bike Trail, Carleton Place, to Mississippi Riverwalk Trail, go to Appleton, back on the Trans Canada Bike Trail to Ashton. Distance: 30 km. Map-AA

Bate Island / Aylmer

 From Bate Island, we cross to Gatineau and proceed east along the Voyageur Pathway to just before Parc Mousette where we veer left to join up with a gravel path through the Moore Farm Estate. We cross Boulevard Saint Raymond and cycle on pathway along Boulevard desTrembles turning right into a small community park to join up with Pionniers Pathway. After a few short hills we turn left onto the Champlain Corridor Pathway, a lovely shaded area. We turn right onto Rue des Montagnais and cycle a residential street turning left on Rue des Manoirs to join up with Chemin McConnell. We turn right on Chemin Vanier to Boulevard des Allumettières. We travel west on the boulevard pathway and end up at Chemin Eardley where we turn right to join up to the pathway and lovely downhill ride along along Chemin Lattion. At the bottom of the hill we turn left onto the Voyageur Pathway and follow it all the way back to Bate Island. Distance is approximately 29 km.

Bate Island / Lac Leamy / Gatineau

Fron Bate Island, this excursion will follow the Voyageur pathway on the Gatineau side past the Museum of Civilization to Lac Leamy. From there, the ride proceeds north along the Gatineau River Pathway and then bears northwest along the Leamy Creek Pathway until it reaches the Pink Lake junction. It then proceeds south along the Gatineau Park Pathway to join up with the Voyageur Pathway and then west along the Gatineau River Parkway to the Champlain Bridge and to Bate Island. Total distance is 34 km.

Blackburn Hamlet/Orleans/Ottawa River

From the Blackburn Hamlet/Green's Creek Dome soccer fields we ride south to Tauvette, through Blackburn, east to Orleans via Brian Coburn, Gerry Lalonde and the Hydro pathway to Trim Road, returning along the Ottawa River and south along Green's Creek, back to the Dome. Distance  : 31 km of bicycle paths, with 90% paved, and some side roads. Map-BOO

Britannia Beach / Bells Corners

We meet at the Britannia Beach parking lot. We will proceed west along Watts Creek pathway, then south under the 417, east through Bells Corners to the Nepean Sportsplex and Pinhey's Forest and back past the Queensway Carleton to the start. Distance about 35 km. through a fair amount of wooded area.

Britannia Beach / Experimental Farm

Our ride begins at the Britannia parking lot, at the bottom of the hill just across from the tennis club. This excursion will follow Pinecrest Creek and the Experimental Farm pathway to the Farm, then around Dows Lake, along the canal to the foot of the locks by the Chateau, and then back along the Ottawa River Parkway to Britannia Beach. Distance: 34km. Map-BE

Britannia Beach / Shirley's Bay  

We meet at Britannia Beach parking lot, go west along the Ottawa River to Carling, past Andy Hayden Park and into the Crystal Beach area, west along Carling, north to Shirley's Bay, south along Rifle Road, Watts Creek Path, through the woods to Corkstown Road, west to Watts Creek path, easterly crossing Moodie, Holly Acres and Carling, back to Britannia Beach. Distance 28.3km. Map-BS

Canal de Soulanges

Extending over 35 kilometres, the Soulanges bike path is known across the province for the quality of its routes and the diverse landscapes that surround it. Its entire length is paved and well-maintained. The multi-use path crosses wooded areas, fields, and wetlands from Pointe-des-Cascades to Rivière-Beaudette, where it ends just at the border with Ontario; it is also the best way to explore the jewel of the region, the Soulanges Canal.

Cedar Hill / Sportsplex / Barrhaven

‪From Cedarhill Golf Course, we go on Cedarview Road to Lytle Park, Greenbank, Hunt Club, Nepean Sportsplex, Fallowfield, Barrhaven Crossing, Berrigan, Greenbank, along the bike path back to Cedarhill. Distance: 36.8 km. Map-CSB

Centrepointe / Black Rapids

Our bike ride this week will start on the western edge of Centrepointe Park. We will bike south to Hunt Club, past the Nepean Sportsplex and south on Woodroffe. At the Via train tracks we will turn east and follow the path along Black Rapids Creek to the Rideau River. We will return on Fallowfield to Greenbank and back to Centrepointe Park. Total distance: 30km. Map-CB


We will head east on Old Montreal Road for 1.2   km turning right on to Beckett’s Creek Rd. for 1.5 km; at the stop we will turn right on to Willhaven Dr. for 7 km. until we reach O’Toole Road. We then head south (left turn) and proceed 4.6 km, stopping at the Proulx Berry Farm. We continue south and link up with French Hill Road which takes us east (left turn) to link up with Sarsfield Road. At this point we can decide on a 27 km. outing or proceed to Sarsfield and return for a 36 km. ride. We then will take Sarsfield Rd. until it meets Willhaven Dr., heading east to retrace our path along Beckett’s Creek Road, then west on Old Montreal Road to our starting point.

Escarpment Ride

We start at the Rockcliffe parking lot #2, go through Rockcliffe, Manor Park, the Aviation Parkway, NRC, Rothwell Heights, Beacon Hill North, Canotek, and out to parking lot #8, along the river back to our starting point. The ride is mostly along the escarpment, descending to Beacon Hill North. Total distance: 30km. Map-E

Gatineau Scenic Ride

We start at the parking lot on the corner of St-Antoine and Como. We take Jacques-Cartier, turn left on Paiement, right on LaVérendrye, left on the path that follows the creek (east on rue Lafrance). Keeping left at the T, we merge onto Davidson, left on Paiement and back down to La Vérendrye, keeping left after the second tunnel onto rue Des Cannes, right on La Vérendrye, right on Gatineau, left on De Bourgogne, left on D'Auvergne, right on Gascogne, left on Des Flandres. We keep right to cross the bridge, left on the Gatineau River Pathway, following the Lac Leamy Pathway to Lady-Aberdeen bridge to cross the Gatineau River, then right on Jacques-Cartier to the starting point. Distance : 28 km.

Green's Creek / Petrie Island

We start at the Green's Creek Dome parking lot on Bearbrook Road in Blackburn Hamlet. We use the Blackburn bikepathways to Chapel Hill in Orleans to the Brian Cobourn bike pathway all the way to Tenth Line; from there, take the bike path to Trim Road and Millenium Park; north on the bike pathway adjacent to Trim Road all the way to Petrie Island. Return along the Ottawa River bike path to Macdonald-Cartier parkway then onto Green's Creek bike pathway to the Dome in Blackburn. Distance : 32 km.

Hog's Back / NAC / Canal

Our outing begins at Hog’s Back parking lot. We will cycle along the Rideau River for several kilometres, cross the pedestrian bridge near Strathcona Park, wind our way to the canal, cross the Corktown Footbridge to the NAC. After a short break we cycle back along the canal, around Dows Lake and back to our starting point at Hog’s Back. Distance: 25  km.


Kanata North

This ride begins at the Britannia Beach parking lot and heads west along the Ottawa River Parkway and Watts Creek; right at Burke's Road, across Carling Avenue and along the trail to the Marshes Golf Course. Follow Terry Fox right around Kanata North to Campeau; east on Campeau to Teron and through the tunnel under Marsh Road to Watts Creek and back to Britannia. Distance : 34 km.

Long Sault (Cornwall)

We meet at 100 Waters St. in Cornwall at the municipal recreation centre by the river. The ride is 38 km. on bicycle paths along the river to Long Sault.

Mill Street / Lac Leamy

From the Mill Street Brew Pub we head northeast across the Portage Bridge, right toward the Route Verte 1/Voyageurs Pathway, to the Aberdeen Bridge, and take the Sentier de la Rivière-Gatineau, to Lac Leamy. Past the Casino Complex, we follow the Sentier du Ruisseau-de-la-Brasserie, going along Montcalm, into the parking lot to get onto the bike path and proceed across Alexandre-Taché Boulevard, and head west on the Voyageurs Pathway to Moussette Park, and then on to the Champlain Bridge, across the Ottawa River and east on the Ottawa River Pathway back to the Mill Street Brew Pub. Distance 22 km. Map-ML

Optional  : Continue past the Champlain Bridge about 6 km to the Deschênes Rapids, then double back, cross the Champlain Bridge, and head east on the Ottawa River Pathway back to the Mill Street Brew Pub. Distance: 34 km.

Navan / Sarsfield

We ride the Prescott-Russell Rail Trail. We will travel east along the trail to Trim Road, up Trim to Brian Coburn (about 5k), along Brian Coburn to Mer Bleu and down to Innes. After a very short ride on Innes, we will travel through the neighbourhoods and connecting parkways back to Blackburn Hamlet and return to the arena. The trip is approximately 34 km. Map-NS

Nepean Sportsplex / Pinhey's Forest

This ride will begin at the Nepean Sportsplex which is at the SE corner of Woodroffe and Hunt Club. The entrances are on the east side of Woodroffe just south of Hunt Club. Please park near the woods at the back of the lot.The ride is essentially a figure eight going west to Bruce Pit, back to the Sportsplex, south through Pinhey's woods and back to the start. The distance is 27 km. through lots of wooded area.

Orléans / Cardinal Creek

We start at 344 Bonair Dr. in Orleans, turn left on Des Epinettes, right on Prestwick to Lanthier/Vanguard and 10th Line, right to Gerry Lalonde, left to Lakepoint, left to Aquaview, left at Silverado and the Trans Orleans Pathway and onto Trim Rd. We cross Trim at the traffic circle and take the path to Innes Rd, turn right onto Frank Kenny Rd, left at French Hill Rd and left onto O'Toole to Wilhaven Dr. Turn left and go to Cox County Rd Turn left, go to Innes Rd, turn right and go to Valin St to Trim Rd and right on path to Cardinal Creek Community Park. We go through the park making a right turn on the gravel path behind the houses to the Cardinal Creek Karst turnoff and onto Waters Rd. Cross Trim on the south side of Waters, turn left on the path and follow to the Power Line Pathway, to Orchardview Ave, turn right to Gardenway Dr and follow to Charlemagne Blvd. Turn left and follow to Des Epinettes Ave. and Bonair Dr. Total distance: 30km.

Rockcliffe / Blackburn Hamlet

We begin this week’s ride at NCC Parking Lot #2, near the Rockcliffe Park Pavilion. We will travel in an easterly direction on bike paths along the Ottawa River, over the Queensway and across St. Joseph Boulevard, towards Hornets’ Nest Soccer Park. We will then ride along paths and streets in Blackburn Hamlet before returning along the Ottawa River. Total distance is 32 km. Map-RB

River View Ride

From Rockcliffe Park Pavilion we proceed west along Sussex Dr. to Major's Hill Park, downhill and across the locks, then west behind the Parliament Buildings. We turn right at the fork towards Victoria Island and the Navy Monument; taking the first path on the right and under the Portage Bridge. We continue on the Ottawa River Pathway westward behind the War Museum and cross the Champlain Bridge. We turn right at the end of the bridge to follow the Voyageurs Pathway, go along Alexandre-Taché Blvd. to pick up the pathway again by rue Laurier. We follow the trail around Jacques-Cartier Park and over a steel bridge, take the left fork onto Sentier-du-lac-Leamy, cross under Hwy 148, and keep right to the fork just past the Hwy toward Lac Leamy beach. We follow the path along the lake and turn right at the bridge onto the Gatineau River path, to the Voyageurs Path, across the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge to Sussex and back our starting point. Distance : 31 km.

Rockliffe / Lac Leamy / Dows Lake

From Rockcliffe Park, we cycle west to the McDonald Cartier Bridge over to Gatineau, to Lac Leamy,  back along pathways  to cross the Alexandra Bridge, to the base of the canal, west along the Ottawa River pathway to the Champagne Trail,  and south to Dows Lake. From there we follow the canal to the locks, where we cross and head back along the east side of to the University of Ottawa, then on Somerset Street East, and cross the Adáwe pedestrian bridge over the Rideau River. We then cycle north towards Sussex street and back to our starting point at Rockcliffe Park. Total distance is under 35 km. Map-RLD

Rockcliffe Park / Des Allumettières

Starting at Rockcliffe Pavilion, cross the Macdonald-Cartier bridge, past Lac Leamy park and onto the Gatineau River pathway and Sentier du Ruisseau-Leamy trails. Follow the paths back along the Gatineau Parkway to HWY 148, then follow Pathway des Pionniers back down to the river, across the Macdonald-Cartier bridge back to the starting point. (Some very challenging hills in Gatineau Park.)

Rockcliffe Parkway / Petrie Island

We meet on the Rockcliffe Parkway at Parking  Lot  P5, which is just west of the Museum of Aviation, and will ride east to Petrie Island and back. Total distance is 36 km, with some portions on gravel along the Ottawa River.

Russell / Embrun

This bike ride is in the Russell/Embrun area, starting at the Russell Fairgrounds near the arena.We will travel partly on country roads and partly in the villages of Russell and Embrun. We expect to cross the Castor River at least four times and will travel on the New York Central Trail. Almost all roads and paths are paved, although some of the paved portions are somewhat rough. Distance is 27 km.


Depart 531 Ace Street in Stittsville. Follow the Trans-Canada Trail to Bells Corners, travvel down the Greenbelt Pathway and follow it back into Kanata. Return to Stittsville via the Trans-Canada Trail. Distance: 25-28 km.

Templeton Marsh

We assemble at the parking lot adjacent to the Sterling Steak House  in Gatineau. We will cycle along the newly refurbished Jacques Cartier waterfront and proceed east to Templeton Marsh. No hills; mostly dedicated bike paths (Route Verte). Distance: 27.1 km

Tulip Run: Rockcliffe Park / Dows Lake

Our outing begins at Rockcliffe Park. We cycle along Sussex Drive, down to the canal, cross and follow the canal to Dows Lake. This is our “Tulip Run”. We will stop at the park near Dows Lake to check out the tulips, take photos, etc. We continue along the canal to Hog’s Back, then along the Rideau back to Rockcliffe Park. Map-TRD