Each Sunday from late May to early September, the National Capital Commission (NCC) closes more than 50 kilometres (30 miles) of Ottawa’s scenic parkways to motorists, reserving them for cyclists, in-line skaters, runners, joggers and walkers.
From 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., explore Ottawa’s scenic routes at your own pace without having to worry about traffic. Head out early to cover as much ground as possible or get the family together for a nice Sunday stroll. This is a great free and family-friendly activity!
- Parkways reserved in Ottawa during NOKIA Sunday Bikedays include the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, the beautiful Colonel By Drive and the Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier Parkway.
- In the luscious Gatineau Park, you’ll find the Gatineau Parkway as well as the Champlain and Fortune Lake Parkways closed to motorists from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- Also in Gatineau Park, three and a half kilometres (2.2 miles) of the scenic Lake Meech Road is also closed to motorists from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- The NCC has been closing parkways to motorists for this event since 1970.
- Scooter-type power-assisted bikes are not allowed on the parkways during Sunday Bikedays.