Ottawa and I go way back. Growing up just outside of Montreal, I made countless trips to Ottawa over the years with the family. Whether it’d be for a weekend at the museum, a cross-country ski trip, to see family friends or to skate on the Rideau Canal, we often made the 2hr trek to the capital.
Ottawa can get very very cold in the winter so I’m glad I’m doing this running tour during the fall. The weekend I was in Ottawa was chilly but super sunny. I took full advantage of that and went on an exploratory run around the Rideau Canal.
There are more than 170 kms of recreational pathways in the Ottawa and Gatineau region. Though I only ran on a fraction of these trails in the downtown core, they stretch way past what I had initially expected.
A great place to start your run is around the NAC, the National Arts Centre, which is located just a few blocks from the parliament. The trail is paved and you’ll get wonderful views of the different neighborhoods along the way. They call that portion of the trail the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway. The trail consists in mostly flat terrain with some small inclines. Along the way you’ll pass Hog’s Back Locks, Dows Lake, Rideau Canal Promenade as well as Carleton University. The Rideau River and Rideau Canal Loop itself is 22 kms long.
I’m happy to report that it was my fastest run to date on my journey thus far!
For more information about Ottawa running trails, go here.
Photos by @Offner
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