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Multi-day Bike Tour Holiday in Ottawa

3 days of fun cycling on safe and scenic pathways!

May to October

Rates:

Guided- per person: $1199
Self-guided- per person: $899
Hybrid Bike Rental: $50
Electric bike Rental: $99
Single Occupancy: $225

Minimum and maximum numbers:
4-10 guests for the guided tour
No minimum for a self-guided tour

Available as Fully-Guided Adventure, Self-Guided Adventure, Customized Private Itinerary.

Available suggested guided dates in 2021:
May 27-29,
June 17-19,
July 29-31,
August 26-28,
September 23-25,
October 7-9

Private tours with alternative dates are possible.

Includes: 

  • 3 nights accommodation (double occupancy)
  • 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, water, snack
  • Guided tours, local guides
  • A ticket to a museum of your choice
  • Fully supported with road assistance

Not included:

  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Regular or electric bike rental ($50 for regular bike and $99 for electric bike rentals)
  • Transportation to the destination
  • Parking fee at the hotel
  • 13% HST tax and local taxes
  • Tip/gratitude

Overview:


BIKING IN OTTAWA IS INCREDIBLE! 

Discover outstanding biking in Ottawa! The Nation’s Capital has over 600 kilometers of car free, paved trails. The region has transformed itself into one of the premier bike destinations in North America. Many of the pathways run along the attractive waterways such as the historic Rideau Canal (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the rustic Rideau River, the mighty Ottawa river and the colourful Gatineau River. Nature, culture, history and cuisine -Ottawa has it all. The city is a haven of treasures waiting to be explored by bike!

Reconnect with your inner Canadian and experience this outdoorsy cycling paradise straddling the border of Ontario and Quebec.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1.

This is your first day in Ottawa. Check in at your downtown hotel and unpack. Stroll around the very walkable historic downtown Ottawa. Walk across the Corktown pedestrian bridge to enjoy fabulous views of the canal and the Chateau Laurier. You might want to visit the Parliament buildings, the Senate in the renovated old railway station or some of Ottawa’s outstanding outdoor art such as Maman, the giant photogenic spider in front of Canada’s National Art Gallery. Have dinner in one of Ottawa’s iconic neighbourhoods such as the Byward Market, the Glebe, Hintonburg or Westboro, enjoy the nightly summer light show on Parliament Hill and get ready for 3 days of fun and adventure!

Day 2. 

A city in the making: Rideau Canal East- Rideau River Loop- Approximately 35-40 km 

Start your holiday officially with an easy flat ride along Ottawa’s historic and UNESCO-recognised Rideau Canal. Along the way, stop and watch the boats pass by at the locks. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Hog’s Back Falls. Cycle through the green space of Vincent Massey Park. Stop for a Gelato treat at Ottawa’s Award Winning Gelato shop in Old Ottawa South. Head north along the Rideau River to check out east of downtown.  See the elegant houses in New Edinburgh and the historic home of the Governor General: Rideau Hall and 24 Sussex, the Prime Minister’s official residence. Enjoy a bear with a view at One of Ottawa’s waterfront Taverns. Finish the day by a short ride through lower town/Byward market and pick up some artisanal goodies.  Enjoy your dinner and rest! We will provide suggestions on where to eat!

Highlights: Rideau Canal East, Corktown Bridge, University of Ottawa, Old Ottawa South, Carleton University, Hogs Back Falls, Vincent Massey (Picnic Lunch), New Edinburgh, Rideau Hall, Rockcliffe Park, Drink at Tavern on the Falls, Rideau Falls, Byward Market

 

Day 3.

The city expands: Rideau Canal West- Experimental Farm – Ottawa River Loop- Approximately 30-35 km 

The second day of this bike tour brings you to the west side of downtown where the city started to expand after the canal was completed. Cycle on the west side of the famous Rideau Canal pathway, visit historic and exciting new developments and trendy neighbourhoods such as the Glebe, Little Italy and Hintonburg and enjoy a nice cup of coffee in one of Ottawa‘s independent coffee shops. Check out the intriguing stone sculptures in the Ottawa River and enjoy a scenic detour ride in the province of Quebec. Cycling back to Ontario, stop by the magnificent Chaudière Falls and learn about the Algonquin nation and the history of our region. On another stop at the Canadian Museum of War and learn about the human experience of war.  Cycle up to Parliament Hill along the Ottawa River to finish the day and enjoy your well-deserved rest!

Highlights: Rideau Canal West. Lansdowne Park/Glebe, Dows’ Lake, Little Italy, Arboretum, Experimental Farm, Hintonburg, Remic Rapids, Ottawa River Pathway, War Museum, Chaudiere Falls and Parliament Hill

 

Day 4.

French Canada- Approximately 18 KM

Today would be a short ride to the province of Quebec. Cross the scenic 120 year old Alexandra Bridge with its stunning views to La belle province and stop at the Canadian Museum of History to learn about Canada’s past, the museum architecture and collections. Explore the beautiful Lac Leamy beach areas! Bring your swimsuits in case you would like to dive in.

Alternatively, you can decide to visit another museum such as the war museum or perhaps you want to branch out to hiking by paying a short visit to Gatineau Park with its many hiking trails. If you decide to do so, we will offer trail suggestions and directions.

There is so much more to see and do in Ottawa. You wished you would have stayed longer! So, why not come back in 2022 to try our new tours?

Highlights: Voyageur Pathway, Alexandria Bridge, Lac Leamy, Museum of History.

 

Have questions? 
Please contact us here!

Why take a tour with us?

  • Small groups
  • High quality customer service and care
  • Safe and scenic routes
  • Friendly, fun and knowledgeable local guides
  • Loaded with local tips and stories
  • Raving reviews on Tripadvisor and Google
  • Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Locally owned and operated small business

Starting point: 65 Sparks St.

Further information

  • Route expectations – The National Capital Region is situated in the Ottawa Valley. The rides are flat, except for the ascent and descent to cross some bridges. The area is situated at about 70 meters above sea level. The vast majority of your rides is on Ottawa-Gatineau’s expansive multi use pathways, away from motorised traffic
  • Start: at Escape Bicycle Tours & Rentals on Sparks St
  • Finish: at Escape Bicycle Tours & Rentals on Sparks St

 

All multi-day tours are booked through our booking partner and licensed TICO agent

OK Cycle and Adventure Tours
666 Kirkwood Avenue – Suite B102, Ottawa, ON K1Z5X9
Toll-free 1-888-621-6818 or Local 613-702-5350
TICO Ontario Registration #50022848

What our guests say about us!

  • "Very simply review to make. It was perfect in all ways. The equipment (bikes, helmets, panniers) are all in great shape. Maria is delightful and very attentive to her customers needs. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, interested and interesting and really had a passion for his city. The tours are ultimately customizable so never a worry about not hitting the right speed and tempo."
    Marc, BC
  • I did the three hour tour. A great way to see the sights of Ottawa in a limited amount of time. The owner was very responsive and Chris, our guide, was phenomenal. Highly recommended!
    Anja V. October 2018
  • Great sightseeing tour of Ottawa and Gatineau with Sparky! The places visited are interesting and the paths chosen very nice and safe. Ideal for otherwise enjoying the city with a local guide who knows perfectly are subject to
    Remi H. June 2018 on Google
  • What a perfect way to show two 16-year-old boys the sites of Ottawa. We combined exercise, fabulous views and an informative, fun and funny tour guide - the perfect day!
    Laura Z. August 2018 on Google