A bike tour around Ottawa

Since I haven’t had much opportunity to get out on overnight tours this year, I decided I’d do a photoblog of a cycle tour along the pathways in Ottawa. I’d also like to put out a challenge to all my cycle touring friends out there – if you aren’t blogging and aren’t touring, then how about showing the world what your regular ride looks link? If you take up this challenge, please post a link in the comments.

When I decided to do this – and have some fun with it – I found myself slowing down and really appreciating the beauty in the ride. We are so vary lucky to have great urban bike routes that include to much nature. It is a rather lovely ride. Hope you enjoy the tour!

The first three photos are from the Quebec side of the Ottawa River, between the Champlain (Island Park) bridge and Alymer.

Gatineau Bike Path

Gatineau Bike Path

Gatineau Bike Path

And here is a picture of the same rapids, from the Ottawa side of the bike path.
The rapids, from the Ottawa side

An now my photos get a little more creative. Starting with a bridge across the Pinecrest creek.

A bridge across the path - Pinecrest creek

When I started to look for photo opportunities, I realized just how big the trees were on this part of the path.

Big tree, little bike

The initial view of the Ottawa River (I live about 5 km from the River).

First view of the Ottawa River

Rather than biking, some people enjoy the swimming at Westboro beach.

Westboro beach - one of the many public beaches on the Ottawa River

Each year, the NCC hires an artist who builds these statues in the river. The water is really high this year, so there aren’t as many as in years previous. I actually stopped and talked to the artist one year, and posted about it here.

Artwork on the Ottawa River

A brief stop on Bate Island on the over the Champlain bridge to Quebec.

Kayak lessons anyone? Bate Island (in Ontario, between Ottawa and Gatineau).

And Bate Island as seen from the bike path on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River just east of the Champlain bridge.

Bate Island as seen from the bike path on the Quebec side.

The parliament buildings from what I think is one of the prettiest stretches of the Ottawa River pathway (Quebec side).

Ottawa Parliament buildings

And the National Art Gallery.

The art gallery

The paths follows along behind the museum of Civilization, providing another great photo opportunity.

The gallery as seen from the Museum of Civilization lawn.

Crossing back on the Alexandria bridge into Ottawa provides a great view of the Rideau Canal locks.

Crossing back to Ottawa

And a fun close-up shot of one of the locks with a bit of the Chateau Laurier in the mirror background.

A close-up of one of the locks.

A close-up the Rideau Canal above the locks.
A close-up of one of the locks.

Some folks choose to explore the Rideau Canal by kayak.
Some folks exploring the canal via kayak.

Unfortunately, I ran out of time and needed to get home. So I conclude this journey with a photo of the sunset from Britannia beach.

Sunset at Britannia Beach

What do you think? Will you take up the challenge and show the world pictures of your regular bike ride? I, for one, would love to see it.

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