The NCC manages 236 kilometres of these pathways, which extend from Gatineau Park, through Ottawa and into the Greenbelt. The network links the Capital to hundreds of locations across Canada via the Trans Canada Trail, which will extend to 24,000 kilometres by 2017. The pathways in the Outaouais are also part of the 5,300-kilometre Route verte network.
Most of the pathways are accessible for people with impaired mobility. However, other than the paths along the Ottawa River, the Gatineau side of the network is very hilly and is therefore not recommended.
The Capital Pathway is shared by many users, and very popular for commuting to work. Keep the paths safe by following the rules for courtesy and safety on the pathways:
Pathway patrollers help ensure that your outing is safe and enjoyable. They can provide directions, information, first aid and emergency care, and basic equipment repairs. Pathway patrollers include the Ottawa Police, Gatineau Police, RCMP and volunteers from the City of Ottawa’s volunteer pathway patrol and Vélo-Services’ volunteer pathway patrol.
Every spring, as soon as the snow melts, the recreational pathways are cleaned and repaired by our maintenance teams to be ready for use. The pathways are not maintained during the winter, with the exception of those on both sides of the Rideau Canal. The NCC oversees rehabilitation work on the 236 kilometres of the Capital Pathway network for which it is responsible.
Because a green city depends on sustainable transportation, cycling is important for Canada’s Capital Region. The NCC is working closely with the City of Ottawa and Ville de Gatineau to learn from world-class cycling cities. Cycling will be an important part of the Plan for Canada's Capital 2017-2067.
Help us keep the pathways safe and pleasant. Let us know about anything that needs repair or maintenance, by calling us at 613-239-5000 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The NCC has a 24-hour emergency assistance line