Avoiding vehicular traffic, enjoy Ottawa River/Rideau Canal views and visit Little Italy shops and bistros. 13 km
I started the season with this short ride, accompanied by my wife, daughter and a visiting friend from London, England. How appropriate — it was Victoria Day.
Leaving from home near Dow’s Lake, we opted to do the ride in reverse and modify some of the route to avoid the closed pathway behind Parliament Hill. Ottawa’s spring flood was in full force at the time, which we were able to see close up — but not too close! See ride G for a description of the flood damage and closures.
This is a short, gentle ride with multiple options for tourism stops, scenic views and food. Check out the many shops, cafes and bistros of the Glebe. If it’s Sunday, make a stop at the Lansdowne Farmers' Market.