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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!

600 km
​of urban recreational pathways
Circuits Vélo
  • Difficulty
    Intermediate
  • Distance
    129km
  • Duration
    4:45 h - 5:30 h
  • Elevation
    446m

In Papineau's Footsteps

The Petite-Nation is full of treasures. The rich heritage of this region, the land of Louis-Joseph Papineau, is reflected in many ways, including agritourism. A fine example is Les Brasseurs de Montebello pub and microbrewery. Passionate brewmaster Alain Larivière will tell you that each of his beers tells a story linked to important people and events in the region's history. He also joins forces with local merchants such as Douceurs du Mont Vinoy, ChocoMotive and the Fromagerie Montebello to showcase all the flavours of the Petite-Nation.

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  • Difficulty
    Intermediate
  • Distance
    161km
  • Duration
    6h - 6h45
  • Elevation
    842m

Head West to the Pontiac

The westernmost region of the Outaouais, the Pontiac is unique for many reasons. You get a feeling of remoteness as you travel through this territory dominated by the Canadian Shield. Although it's in Quebec, the English language predominates. Over the years, the Pontiac has welcomed several immigrant communities (German, Polish and Irish) as well as the wealthy lumber barons of yore, including George Bryson. You can stay at George's place, now the Spruceholme Inn, where his great-granddaughter Jane Toller will tell you all about him. The inn is located right next to the PPJ Cyclopark, built along a former railway corridor that linked Quebec to western Canada in the 19th century.

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  • Difficulty
    Experienced
  • Distance
    50.5km
  • Duration
    2h - 2h30
  • Elevation
    882m

Thighs of Steel

The Outaouais is lucky enough to have a natural paradise right downtown: Gatineau Park is located literally in the heart of the city of the same name. From parking lot P3, cycle up to the Champlain Lookout and continue to the village of Chelsea. Once you get there, your reward can take many forms: a beer at the Chelsea Pub, a dessert at Biscotti et Cie or a gelato at La Cigale. And for those keen to stay and enjoy a little R&R, the Nordik Spa-Nature Scandinavian spa is the ideal spot for that well-deserved rest.

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  • Difficulty
    Easy
  • Distance
    12.5km
  • Duration
    45 minutes
  • Elevation
    50m

On the Shores of the Capital

This route may be flat, but it's anything but dull! Take the Voyageurs Trail along the Ottawa River and pedal through a variety of landscapes. You'll see urban beaches, impressive rapids and majestic waterfalls, as well as landmarks such as the Canadian Museum of History, the country's most visited museum, and spectacular views of Parliament Hill. Hop off your bike and stroll through Old Hull, the urban heart of the city of Gatineau, with its popular restaurants and bars, including Les Brasseurs du Temps and Soif – Wine Bar.

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  • Difficulty
    Intermediate
  • Distance
    82.5km
  • Duration
    3:00h - 3:30h
  • Elevation
    630m

The Northern Log Drivers

Built on a former north-south railway line, the Véloroute des Draveurs ("log drivers' bike path") winds through the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau and its wild beauty over a distance of more than 72 km. Between the towns of Blue Sea and Messines, the trail follows the shoreline of beautiful Blue Sea Lake, with several rest stops along the way. In Gracefield, take advantage of the services of CarpeDiem, an outdoor equipment rental company. Among other options, they offer land and water packages that combine cycling, canoeing, and camping on an island in Thirty-One Mile Lake.

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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

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