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DAY 1: ARRIVAL DAY
This is your first day in Ottawa. Check-in at your downtown hotel and discover 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, or the Senate in the renovated old railway station.
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 second day with an easy flat ride along Ottawa’s historic and UNESCO-recognised Rideau Canal. Check out the charming Old Ottawa South neighborhood and stop at the locks and watch the boats passing by. Enjoy the beautiful Hog’s Back Falls where we stop for a picnic lunch. Continue your adventure by cycling through the green space of Vincent Massey Park and heading north on Rideau River pathways. See the elegant houses in New Edinburgh and the historic home of the Governor-General in a beautiful park setting: Rideau Hall. Cycle by 24 Sussex, the Prime Minister’s official residence. Enjoy a cold beer with a magnificent view of Rideau Falls.
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!
DAY 3: THE CITY EXPANDS: RIDEAU CANAL WEST - EXPERIMENTAL FARM - OTTAWA RIVER LOOP - APPROXIMATELY 30-35 KM
Today’s 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, Lansdowne Park, 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 on the Ottawa River and enjoy a scenic detour ride in the province of Quebec. Stop by the magnificent Chaudière Falls and learn about the Algonquin nation. Enjoy your well-deserved rest!
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 of 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?