Difficulty: Beginner and intermediate
Gatineau, across the river from Canada’s Parliament buildings, is where the Voyageurs Pathway begins at Parc de la Francophonie and continues past Parc Portageurs. This riverside trail connects with the Voyageur Cycling Route that goes all the way to Sudbury. The trail follows the path of the Voyageurs along the waterways that supported transportation and trade for thousands of years. This route celebrates the strong connection between the land and its people.
You can also ride into Ottawa to visit Parliament Hill. The National Capital Region is criss-crossed by the Capital Pathway network.
Highlights: Make sure to plan a visit to nearby Gatineau Park. The climb to Lac Fortune is beautiful and challenging. Climbing up to Champlain Lookout takes some extra leg effort, but offers a gorgeous view.
Total distance: 30 km (Voyageur Pathway), 645 km (Voyageur Cycling Route to Sudbury)
“Voyageurs Pathway is a really beautiful beginner trail. You get views of Parliament as it follows the Ottawa River, it's one of my favourite places to ride and take new cyclists. I have plenty of photos and videos of it.”
- Fraser Harvey Ridout, Decathlon Ottawa