Ottawa Easy Riders

Date /Marshal

Ride Description

Map / Comments



May 2

Heather and Byron

 1. 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.  


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May 9

Paul and Leslie

2. 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.


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May 16

Heather and Don

3. Tulip Run: Rockcliffe Park / Dows Lake

Our outing begins at Rockcliffe Park. We cycle along Sussex street, 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.



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May 23

Eileen and Geoff

4. Nepean Sportsplex / Bruce Pit / 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 arrive at 09:45 for a 10:00 start. 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 Pinheys woods and back to the start. The distance is 27km. Lots of wooded area. Time approx. 2 hours 10 minutes. Washrooms at the Sportsplex (start, midpoint and end).


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May 30

Sandy and Neil

5. 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: 34


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June 6

Jan and Jim

6. 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.


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June 13

Jim and Jan

7. Britannia Beach / Shirley's Bay

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


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Cancelled due to rain. Moved to June 27


June 20

Maureen and Rob

8. 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.


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June 27-28

Janet and Ken

9. Le Pontiac (Fort Coulonge)



July 4

Heather and Don

10. 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

Cancelled due to hot weather

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Detailed Description Here


July 11

Eileen and Geoff

11. Britannia Beach / Bells Corners

We meet at the Britannia Beach parking lot at 09:30 for a 09:45 start. We will proceed west along Watts Creek pathway, then south under the 417, east through Bells Corners to the Nepean Sportsplex and Pinheys Forest and back past the Queensway Carleton to the start. There will be a fair amount of wooded area. Distance, about 35 km.



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July 18


12. Mill Street / Lac Leamy

From the Mill Street Brew Pub we head northeast across the Portage Bridge, turn right toward the Route Verte 1/Voyageurs Pathway, to the Aberdeen Bridge, and take the Sentier de la Rivière-Gatineau, and continue to Lac Leamy. Past the Casino Complex, we follow the Sentier du Ruisseau-de-la-Brasserie, going along Montcalm. We then turn right 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. We continue west on the Voyageurs Pathway 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.


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July 25

Claire and Tom

13. Cumberland

We will head east on Old Montreal Road for 1.2  km turning right on to Beckett’s Creek Rd. for 1.5 km then at the stop we will turn right on to Willhaven Dr. for 7 kms 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.


Rained out

Moved to Thursday August 2


August 1

Anne and Bob

14. 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.


Cancelled due to construction


August 8

Heather and Byron

15. Bate Island / Aylmer

From Bate Island, we cross to Gatineau and proceed south-west along the Voyageur Pathway to Rivermead and up to McConnel, then west to Vanier, and north to join the Pionniers Pathway going west along Boulevard des Allumettières. At the end of the boulevard, we loop back and, after a short detour along rue Principale, go south on Frank Robinson to rejoin the pathway along the river and return to Bate Island. Distance is 32 km. 



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August 15

Susanne and John

16. Russell / Embrun

This Wednesday's 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 we will be on are paved, although some of the paved portions are somewhat rough. Distance is 27 km.


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Rained out


August 22

Eileen and Geoff

17. 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


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Doing Ride #10 Ashton Station


August 29

Anne and Bob

18. Long Sault (Cornwall)

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


Doing ride #17 (Templeton Marsh)

Postponed to Thursday, August 30


Sept 5

Sandy and Neil

19. Hog's Back / Lac Leamy

Proceed on Rideau River Eastern Pathway to Sussex Drive, cross Sussex to Rideau Falls Park for a short stop, proceed over bridge, behind National Research Council to enter the bike path across MacDonald-Cartier Bridge. We then turn right into Jacques-Cartier Park ( near Maison du Velo, follow Voyageurs Pathway to Lac Leamy, proceed  around Lac Leamy to Sentier du Ruisseau-de-la-Brasserie, arrive at Tache Blvd and Montcalm and turn left on bike trail to Portage Bridge.We go under the bridge to enter the bike path across same.We proceed west on Ottawa River Pathway to Champagne Path to Dow's Lake, follow trail to Carleton University on west side of Rideau Canal, cross at Carleton and proceed to Hog's Back.

19A Green's Creek / Orleans

From the Green's Creek dome soccer fields we ride south to Tauvette, through Blackburn, east to Orleans via Brian Coburn, Gerry Lalonde and hydro pathways to Trim road, returning along the Ottawa river and south along Green's Creek back to the dome. The ride is off-road bicycle paths with 90% paved, and some side roads. Total distance: 31km.



Sept 12

Anne and Bob

20. Rockliffe / Ottawa / Lac Leamy

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.



Sept 19

Anne and Bob

21. Bate Island / Lac Leamy / Gatineau

From Bate Island, this excursion will follow the Voyageur pathway on the Gatineau side past the Museum of Civilization to Lac Leamy. We will circle Lac-Leamy and come down the Ruisseau-de-la-Brasserie path and return on the Ottawa side to Bate. Highlights will include the possibility of a stop at the BDT, a look at the Chaudière Falls and a trip along the Champagne cycle path linking the Western Parkway and Carling Avenue/Dows Lake. Total distance will be 28.5km.


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Was replaced by Montreal-Mont Royal ride on Sept 20


Sept 26

Judy and Dave

22. Orleans / 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 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


Cancelled due to rain


October 3

Janet and Ken

23 Centrepointe / Black Rapids

Our bike ride this week will start on the western edge of Centrepointe Park. We will bike south to HuntClub, 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

23A 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.


Was replaced by Escarpment ride.

October 10

Eileen and Geoff

24. Cedar Hill / Sportsplex / Barrhaven

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


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