A 5-mile tour of Ottawa’s most important sites: Parliament Hill, the Royal Canadian Mint, National Gallery, Notre Dame Cathedral, National War Memorial, Supreme Court, and the Library and Archives. Can combine with iconic Rideau Canal & Rideau River routes.
The Rideau Canal is a World Heritage site and the path along it is one of the signature runs in Ottawa. We’ve mapped out several loop options.
Another pleasant, paved pathway, following the Rideau River for up to 11.7 km from Rideau Falls to the confluence with the Rideau Canal at Hogs Back Falls.
A really nice run in the southern part of Ottawa, showcasing Canada's largest arboretum and a paved path through the Experimental Farm. Grain-filled fields, spectacular gardens, and beautiful trees.
Pleasant multi-use path along the Ottawa River extending east from Rockcliffe Park for up to 13.5 km. Add on with your own route through the bucolic Rockliffe Park neighborhood.
Run on a multi-use path headed west along the Ottawa River. Great views and variety, skirting the two provinces. Use the Champlain Bridge to run between the Quebec and Ontario sides.
Ottawa is home, naturally, to many major embassies. We have put together a route that passes many of the major embassies, starting at Parliament Hill.
Gatineau Park is a great destination if you have time. There are several lakeside beaches, and more than 100 miles of paved and unpaved trails for walking and running. Particularly beautiful in autumn!
Located 15 km south of Ottawa between Nepean and Kanata, Stony Swamp is a network of beaver ponds, wetlands and forests, with 40 km of trails. A mix of nature trails, cycling trails, and trails that are easy-to-moderate trail running.