This is a spectacular route headed west along the Ottawa River on a paved multi-use path with great views and variety. The north side is on the Voyageurs Trail in Quebec, and the south side is on the Ottawa River Pathway in Ontario. It’s a combination of open and some wooded sections, with some water views.
Start at centrally located Alexandra bridge and cross the pedestrian-friendly path over to Hull on the Quebec side. Take Voyageurs Trail — part of the incredible 10,000 mile Trans Canada Trail (you’ll see signs also for ‘route verte’) heading west, passing the Canadian Museum of History and the Convention Center. You’ll reach Parc Mousette at about 4 miles. Cross back over to Ottawa on the mile-wide Champlain Bridge (also known as the Island Park Bridge), over Bate Island and Riopelle Island, with great views of the river and rapids. After crossing the bridge, head ~4 miles back to the start along the Ottawa River Pathway (also referred to as the Trans-Canada Trail). There are some cool rock sculptures just past mile 6 and then the important National Capital landmarks toward the start/end point.
- 9.6 mile (15.5 km) loop. Mainly paved.
- 350 feet (207m)
- Start: Alexandra Bridge