In the Outaouais, happiness comes on two wheels, with bike paths and routes for all ability levels. At Le Grenier du petit sportif sporting goods store, you can rent specially adapted bicycles for riders with limited mobility or visual impairments. They also rent out enclosed child trailers, trailer bikes and tandem bicycles. Explore the National Capital Region’s 600 km of recreational pathways—with so many trails to choose from, you may never take the same one twice! Outside the city, discover trails where you’re more likely to meet a deer than another cyclist. Near Maniwaki, in the northern part of the region, the Véloroute des Draveurs (“log drivers’ bike route”) is ideal for cycle touring and wilderness camping. In the Pontiac, take a spin along the Cyloparc PPJ, a bike path built on the old Pontiac Pacific Junction railroad tracks. Along the 92 km stretch between Wyman and Isle-aux-Allumettes, you’ll cycle through farmland, marshes, fields and forests. Hilly or flat, winding or straight, cycling in the Outaouais is never dull!
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The Outaouais is well known as a prime cycling destination. With paths following the Ottawa River or going tthrough Gatineau Park or the core of the urban area, cycling enthusiasts of all levels will find what they're looking for! Add to that many beautiful rest areas and charming places to eat and right by the trails and you have evertything you need for a memorable cycling day!
Starting in Des Cèdres Park in the sector of Aylmer, you will pass tghrough natural sites of a rare beauty as you gradually get closer to downtown Gatineau. With a splendid view of Lake Leamy, Saint-Éloi Café Bistro will be the perfect spot to rest and have a bite before hitting the road again. You'll complete the loop on Principale Street in Aylmer, right next to where you started your day, and the sector will charm you with its boutiques, restaurants, and heritage buildings.