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Cycling

In the Outaouais, happiness comes on two wheels, with bike paths and routes for all ability levels. 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!

Cycling Routes
  • Difficulty
    Intermediate
  • Distance
    129km
  • Duration
    4:45 h - 5:30 h
  • Elevation
    560m

On the road to Papineau

Cycling in the Petite Nation means discovering a rich historical heritage along the Ottawa River and meeting a diverse community of gourmet producers. On your bike, cycle through charming historic villages, and escape to beautiful rural settings for an energizing ride!

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  • Difficulty
    Intermediate
  • Distance
    164km
  • Duration
    6h - 6h45
  • Elevation
    850m

Head West to the Pontiac

With kilometres of trails to cover and fields as far as the eye can see, the Pontiac offers cyclists the best of both worlds! Your ride will take you through lush natural surroundings and to sites steeped in history and culture. Gourmet stops along the way will whet your appetite!

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  • Difficulty
    Experienced
  • Distance
    80km
  • Duration
    2h - 2h30
  • Elevation
    1 000m

Thighs of Steel

If you’re looking for a challenge, this is the route for you! Located in the heart of the city, Gatineau Park is a green paradise, an almost boundless playground for sports enthusiasts of all kinds. Big bonus: just outside the park is the village of Chelsea, with its many restaurants and attractions!

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  • Difficulty
    Easy
  • Distance
    12km
  • Duration
    45 minutes
  • Elevation
    100m

On the Shores of the Capital

Head to downtown Gatineau for an urban bike ride! Take the Sentier des Voyageurs pathway along the Ottawa River shoreline. Play tourist by bike: visit the city’s many nearby attractions, and stop for a meal in the lively Old Hull neighbourhood!

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  • Difficulty
    Intermediate
  • Distance
    158km
  • Duration
    3:00h - 3:30h
  • Elevation
    1 050m

The Northern Log Drivers

Combine cycling and breathtaking scenery as you ride the Véloroute des Draveurs! Along the way, admire the crystal-clear water of Blue Sea Lake. Pedal through the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau on a dedicated bike route, and explore this territory much loved by outdoor enthusiasts!

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Things to do - Cycling
Name Total length Planning Difficulty Route verte Services
Outaouais Tourism
Gatineau 10 KM A
Outaouais Tourism
Gatineau 10 KM A
Outaouais Tourism
Gatineau 10 KM A
Outaouais Tourism
Gatineau 10 KM A
Outaouais Tourism
Gatineau 10 KM A
Outaouais Tourism
Gatineau 10 KM A
Outaouais Tourism
Gatineau 10 KM A
Outaouais Tourism
Gatineau 10 KM A
Outaouais Tourism
Gatineau 10 KM A
Outaouais Tourism
Gatineau 10 KM A
Outaouais Tourism
Gatineau 10 KM A
Outaouais Tourism
Gatineau 10 KM A

Difficulty

● : Easy

■ : Intermediate

◆ : Difficult

Aménagement

A : Paved shoulder

B : Bicycle lane

C : Paved designated shared roadway

P : Paved off-road bike path

Services

 : Equipment rental

 : Hiking

 : Inline skating

 : Washrooms

 : Picnic area

 : Pets

 : Restaurant on site

 : Assisted wheelchair accessibilty

 : Paid parking

 : Free parking

 : Bus parking