Evening spring ride in Ottawa


in Canada, Ottawa, The outdoors

I just completed my most aesthetically pleasing bike ride for a long time. Residents of Ottawa should consider doing the following:

  1. Begin in the park near 111 Sussex, right around sunset.
  2. Ideally, start on the far side of the series of two white metal bridges spanning the water near there.
  3. About ten minutes after sunset, on a spring evening, begin following the route below.
  4. Ride to 111 Sussex and follow the path that hugs the water beside it. The path in question follows the water’s edge in this picture.
  5. Cross Sussex drive.
  6. Ride along it, past DFAIT headquarters.
  7. Continue past the Saudi embassy.
  8. Follow the curve of the road past the Kuwaiti Embassy and the National Gallery.
  9. Ride into Major’s Hill Park.
  10. Ride to the terrace beside the Chateau Laurier. Follow it to the stairs parallel to the Rideau Canal locks.
  11. Carry your bike up the stairs.
  12. Walk across the bridge towards Parliament.
  13. Carry your bike down the stairs to the path beside the Rideau Canal locks.
  14. Follow the riverside path west as far as you care to go.

The whole route looks gorgeous in the fading evening light, when the sky still offers a bit of competition for the artificial lights.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Atrophy June 4, 2008 at 12:01 am
BuddyRich June 4, 2008 at 7:40 am

Great bike route… Of course sunset on Parliament Hill/MHP is one thing you must do at least once if you live downtown… With the Gatineau Hills in the backround its usually quite stunning. Of course up on Nepean Point also affords a great view as well…

Ashuri June 5, 2008 at 2:30 pm

Nothing beats Sandy Hill to Mooney’s Bay every morning at 6:30a.m. 35 minutes of glorious riverside riding.

Friday Gatinese beers?

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