Park and Cycle in Canada’s Capital
Add some fresh air to your commute, and do your part for a greener capital! The NCC has established the Park and Cycle program to promote sustainable transportation in Canada’s Capital Region. Park your car in a Park and Cycle parking lot, then hop on your bike to complete your journey to downtown Ottawa–Gatineau on one of the Capital’s many bike paths.
Park and Cycle Locations
There are 15 park and cycle locations in Ottawa and Gatineau, with a total of 585 parking spots. Each location is strategically located beside a bike-friendly route, and is marked on the Cycling Capital map.
- Champlain Bridge: 60 parking spaces
- Shirleys Bay: 30 parking spaces
- Deschênes Rapids: 45 parking spaces
- Hampton Park (on Island Park Drive): 30 parking spaces
- Rockcliffe Parkway (four locations): P4, 35 parking spaces; P5, 40 parking spaces; P7, 35 parking spaces; P8, 25 parking spaces
- Greenbelt (two locations): P18, 25 parking spaces; P21, 20 parking spaces
- Chaudières parking lot: 20 parking spaces
- Deschênes parking lot: 20 parking spaces
- Gatineau Park parking lot P2 (Relais plein air du parc de la Gatineau): 50 parking spaces
- Gatineau Park Visitor Centre: 50 parking spaces
- Leamy Lake
Park and Cycle Season
The season begins as soon as the snow melts (generally, around April 15) and ends on November 15.
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See the Cycling Capital map for details
You can rent a bike through the following services:
- Capital Bixi — This bike-share service offers 250 bikes located at 25 self-service stations in downtown Ottawa and Gatineau. The bikes are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from April to November. The service is an innovative way to get around in the heart of the Capital.
- Maison du vélo — The Maison du vélo offers free services, including bike rentals, adapted bicycles and bike repairs. It is open seven days a week, from mid-May to mid-October.
The Park and Cycle parking locations are marked on the Cycling Capital map.
For more information see Parks, Paths and Parkways — Visitor Information.