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Ottawa/Gatineau Cycling(3 posts)

Ottawa/Gatineau Cyclingjanzen
May 21, 2003 9:05 AM
Hello Ottawa cyclists. I'll be in the Ottawa area attending a conference in late June. I'm intending to bring a bicycle with me. Would you suggest that I bring a road or a mountain bike? I know that there's mountain biking in the Gatineau Hills, but I've heard that many trails are closed to mountain bikes. Can anyone suggest road routes or mountain bike trails (preferably single track with hills) in this area? I'll be staying in downtown Ottawa and will not have a transport vehicle at my disposal.

Thanks
I'm in Ottawa and ride/race MTB and road....SS_MB-7
May 21, 2003 10:48 AM
There are lots of technical singletrack trails in and around Ottawa. Checkout Kanata Lakes (www.mtbkanata.com)for some really good MTB'ing on the likes of: "Blair Witch", "Fat B*tch", "Fat Bastard", "the Darkside", "Pete's Wicked Trail", etc. Although Kanata is relatively flat, there are still some pretty good climbs.

Unfortunately, the majority of the trails in the Gats are closed to bikers. You risk a $100+ fine for riding on hiking trails. Those that are open to bikes aren't very exciting since they've been widened, groomed and graveled by NCC. Camp Fortune does have some pretty nice trails though and is used for our local Wednesday night "Sunset Series" races.

As for road riding, the Gatineau Parkway is hard to beat...especially on "Sunday Bike Days" in which the Parkway is closed to traffic.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
Roadie, 15 minutes to Gatineau park from downtown...Spunout
May 21, 2003 10:53 AM
I don`t mountain bike, but most drive to Camp Fortune and go from there (ski area). It might be tought to MTB from downtown.

So, if you go road, get a park map and hit the Champlain parkway, Fortune Parkway, etc. Make it up to the Champlain Lookout, bring your climbing gears. The hotel desk should have a park map for you.

I would go to Wellington west past the Parliament; across the bridge to Quebec, West on Taché, North on Lac des Fèes parkway, West on Gamelin to get to the front gate of the park. No charge, little traffic, have fun!