Located south of Ottawa’s downtown core, the rural area of Prescott-Russell offers green, open spaces and scenic country roads. If you’re looking to get out of the city and enjoy a quiet, country bike ride on your own or with the family, this is where you want to be. And Prescott-Russell’s summer 2016 season has no shortage of cycling events!
See the list below to discover events that will allow you to further explore the scenic Prescott-Russell region and to pedal along at your own pace.
- May 7: Ride with Randall is kicking off their season with the Clarence-Rockland Classic, a cycling race that is held in the nearby Clarence-Rockland area. Come be part of this fun event that is celebrating its seventh year.
- May 15: Bike season will officially be launched by the Hawkesbury Bike Club. Come cycle 25, 40, or 55 kilometres with the club. This event begins at 8:00 a.m.
- May 15: Outdoor outfitter Mountain Equipment Co-op, MEC, will host its Rural Ottawa cycling springtime event. Pedal from Manotick to Prescott-Russell, through Embrun and Russell, for 70 to 110 kilometres. Choose a distance that suits you and enjoy the scenery!
- June 5: Starting at 9:00 a.m., don’t miss your chance to cycle the St. Albert Cheese loop. This 45 kilometres ride goes by the famous St. Albert Cheese Factory and is a delight for cyclists and foodies alike!
- June 11: Families and experts can take part in the Tour de Petite-Nation! Choose the S1 loop – also known as La randonnée de l’amitié – that follows the Ottawa River on both sides of the Quebec-Ontario border.
- From August 6 to 12: Take part in the Grand Tour Desjardins, one of the most important cycle-tourism events in North America, which takes place in Prescott-Russell and the Outaouais region this year! Start in Plantagenet and follow a guided, 80-kilometre per day route that makes its way through several picturesque villages. This is a cycling event that you don’t want to miss!
- September 18: You think 55 kilometres is nothing? Then bike the Cycl-o-route with VéloXpress! This event begins at 9:00 a.m.
Or if you prefer to go at your own pace, enjoy cycling the various loops that run along the Ottawa River and its riverside municipalities, or enjoy a sunny day and pedal through several loops in Prescott-Russell. Also, Prescott-Russell Tourism’s South Eastern Ontario Cycling Map is available in several locations across the region and in the province’s information centres. The map can also be found online on Prescott-Russell Tourism’s website.