Come rent a bike for the day with us at Escape Bicycle Tours & Rentals and prepare for fresh spring air as you watch the capital city return to life. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, there are certain essentials you should check off before you begin your ride!
It is recommended to head out in the afternoon between the hours of 11am to 4pm to capture the perfect amount if sun!
We recommend bringing a helmet, proper clothing (preferably in layers), comfortable footwear, rain gear, water, and snacks. If you’re heading out for an extended period, you should bring a small hand pump and tire repair kit, just in case.
Safety comes first, and if you’re like us, every bike should receive an annual tune-up before the season ahead and regular maintenance throughout. If you are unsure about exploring Ottawa by yourself, check out this recommended blog or our guided tour options. Our experienced guides know the best safety tips and constantly prepare for Ottawa’s unpredictable weather or frequent road path closures that happen for maintenance. Dress warm and layer up in March/April, and when the temperature rises, always pack a rain jacket. We recommend planning a tentative route and a list of Ottawa activities.
This spring, join us on some of the best biking trails in Ottawa. Come explore the city’s spring activities, such as scavenger hunts, museums, gardens, and the many festivals in Ottawa. Celebrations such as the Tulip Festival and the famous Poutine Fest can be great afternoon activities for the family.
For scenic views, check out the hidden gems of Ottawa, and start your day with a calming ride along the Rideau Canal leading to Hog’s Back Waterfall. Bike down to Major Hills Park near the Byward Market or travel across the bridge to the National Museum of History to find the best views of Parliament Hill.
If you want to combine relaxation and a bit of physical activity outdoors, visit some of our favourite coffee shops and take a break after a beautiful bike ride.
Head off the beaten path, and explore the wonders of Bank Street. One of Canada’s most iconic streets for food. You can find delicacies at restaurants like Kettlemans Bagels, Wolf Down, Dumpling? Dumpling!, and The Great Canadian Poutinerie. For the adventurous, check out our Murder Mystery Food Hunt and find 11 hidden restaurants only the best detectives can find.
As patio season begins, it’s time to celebrate! Mexicali Rosa’s is one of the best patios to check out this spring. Sip an ice-cold margarita or a sangria tower with friends as you overlook the glistening waters of Dow’s Lake. Mexi’s serves outstanding Mexican cuisine and hosts some of the best drinks I have ever had. Closer to downtown, you can find an Ottawa classic. The Heart and Crown, alongside their hidden patio Mother McGinty’s, is in the centre of the Byward market. This Irish pub has the best food! An array of unique terraces! And amazing live music!
With the family and in a jam? Grab some ice cream to cheer everyone up! Stop by one of our many recommendations, or my favourite, Oh So Good!, where you can get fantastic ice cream and mouth-watering bakeries.
Plan your next springtime adventure now and start exploring the many wonders Ottawa offers by bike. You can choose to take your own or rent for the day. However you decide to spend this sunny spring day, you will surely enjoy it!