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Self-Guided Biking in Ottawa-Gatineau
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Self-Guided Biking in Ottawa-Gatineau

By Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals
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Ages 1-99
Duration: 2–4 hours
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  • Use of bicycle
  • Use of helmet
  • Lock
  • Map
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entry/Admission - Rideau Canal National Historic Site
What's not included
  • Transportation to/from attractions


Departure details
  • 65 Sparks St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5A5, Canada Arrive at Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals at 65 Sparks st. 20 minutes prior to the tour start time. Where to park: We recommend finding a private parking lot nearby or using the following underground parking lots: National Arts Centre (1 Elgin St.) City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W)
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 25710P10

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • You must leave a credit card information at the time of the bike pick up as a security against potential bike damage.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Where to park: We recommend finding a private parking lot nearby or using the following underground parking lots: National Arts Centre (1 Elgin St.) City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W)
  • We are located at 65 Sparks St. which is a pedestrian street between Elgin and Metcalfe. We are a few steps away from the Parliament Hills and the National War Memorial.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

How much is Self-Guided Biking in Ottawa-Gatineau?
Self-Guided Biking in Ottawa-Gatineau price starts from $30.07. Discover and book Self-Guided Biking in Ottawa-Gatineau on Tripadvisor
What is the Self-Guided Biking in Ottawa-Gatineau cancellation policy?
Self-Guided Biking in Ottawa-Gatineau cancellation policy: All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties. Discover and book Self-Guided Biking in Ottawa-Gatineau on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Self-Guided Biking in Ottawa-Gatineau?
Self-Guided Biking in Ottawa-Gatineau is hosted by Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Self-Guided Biking in Ottawa-Gatineau on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Self-Guided Biking in Ottawa-Gatineau?
On average, this experience will take approximately 2h. Discover and book Self-Guided Biking in Ottawa-Gatineau on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 25710P10

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  • You'll start at
    65 Sparks St.
    65 Sparks St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5A5, Canada
    Arrive at Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals at 65 Sparks st. 20 minutes prior to the tour start time. Where to park: We recommend finding a private parking lot nearby or using the following underground parking lots: National Arts Centre (1 Elgin St.) City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W)
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    Rideau Canal National Historic Site
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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    Ottawa River Pathway
    Stop: 60 minutes
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    Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals - Ottawa
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator
Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Joined in March 2015

#1 of 95 Outdoor Activities in Ottawa
  • Z3907RCjennyb
    Z3907RCjennyb
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    Excellent service.
    We hired bikes for an afternoon to do the Rideau Canal and River route. The guy in the shop was really helpful, checking we were comfortable on our bikes before we set off and giving us a map to guide us. The bikes were great. Would highly recommend
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    Ottawa Highlights bike tour. 3.5 hours.
    Wonderful tour around Ottawa and Gatineau. Our guide, Sparky, was knowledgeable and fun. Would highly recommend.
  • Jim J
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    The whole experience was great
    My wife & I visited Ottawa for 6 days. We really enjoy biking & wanted to rent bikes for we had heard of the great trails in Ottawa. Maria & her staff were so awesome. They have several options for bike rental. Maria & the staff were so helpful in making sure the bikes we rented were sized properly for our safety & so we could have the best experience. All staff are so kind & made us feel so comfortable. They gave us a map & marked the trail options in great detail. We chose the e-bikes and had a great time. The store is situated in a great place which makes it an easy access to the trails. We rented 5 days in a row & each day our bikes were in excellent operating condition. We never took a guided tour that they offer, but knowing the cheery staff I bet the guided tours would be a lot of fun.
  • shaneb21
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    A must do in Ottawa - great value and a fantastic day out.
    If you are visiting Ottawa, this is a must do activity. The tour takes you through the city and down the canal, and into the back streets of Ottawa suburbs. Some great scenery with heaps of stops to take a break, have a snack and take in the sights. Sparky, thanks for a great day out, we loved the commentary and the little add-ins you gave us for free (the headwind and the police stop check). We highly recommend this tour.
  • PickleballMimi
    PickleballMimi
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    5 Hour Ottawa to Gatineau and Back
    We took the 5 hr tour and we thought it was too long. It also seemed rushed as I thought when we booked we'd have more time to see attractions. We enjoyed the ride and the views, but ended up cutting 30 mins off our tour and headed back to the shop. The bikes were nice and were ready when we arrived. The staff was great as well as our tour guide. Our lunch place was a coffee shop. Husband had a hard time deciding what to get, so him and I just got a smoothie. Son got some type of dessert and a latte. This was in Gatineau. The bike trail was hilly, so be prepared for that if you take this 5 hr bike trip. I wished we'd just done the more informative 2 - 2 1/2 hr more detailed bike tour. Edit: This is a new/revised review as TripAdvisor doesn't let you edit. The company responded to my last message and I wanted to address some things. 1. This 3-star review has nothing to do with the tour company. They were great. We just ended up thinking 5 hours was way too long...for us. We were asked if we'd like ebikes, but turned them down. Besides, they're expensive. We in no way were informed or asked what skill level we were. We're just your typical, joyrider bike rider. 2. Our tour guide: I can't remember his name. He was informative and funny, but he was fast. He does this daily and is use to the surrounding areas. We weren't. There were instances he would get way ahead of us, and we didn't feel we were slow. We wanted to take a more easier ride and enjoy the scenery. 3. The coffee shop: We weren't asked where we wanted to eat. The "response" said they offered salads. If they did, we didn't see any. 4. Also, the "response" stated they didn't think it was hilly. There are many hills, especially remembering Gatineau coming into Byward Market. Also, lots of street riding over there. 5. Bike tour company asked for how to improve this tour. I did respond back to them, but every person/every tour is different. As leisurely riders, maybe the 5 hour tour wasn't for us. Our true opinion, it was too rushed. Our son was beat. Said his calves were hurting. 6. I'd rate the company 5 stars. Clean shop. Nice bikes. Prepared.
  • Passenger742597
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    Great Ottawa/ Gatineau bike tour.
    Mike our bike tour guide was both informative and enjoyable. He broke the ride into easy riding sections and stopped at spectacular viewing points for photos and to explain highlights in both Ottawa and Gatineau. Highly recommend this tour. Bikes were great. I am 79yrs and had no trouble following Mike’s pace. Mary C
  • BoardingPass290118
    BoardingPass290118
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    Experience Ottawa on a bike!
    I was in Ottawa for 6 days and the 24 hr bike rental was by far the best thing I done. What a way to experience a new city!!
  • hairybear007
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    Awesome rental.
    Easy to find, professional chat about the bikes, we rented for four hours and rode the Rideau canal, down to Dows Lake and the Arboretum, weather was sunny , we both loved it. Bikes were great, easy gear change, great value for money, would definitely recommend.
  • 153maartjea
    153maartjea
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    I had a great time
    If you like biking, seeing the city and hear some nice facts this is a great tour. Unfortunately my original tour didn't have enough people, but Maria definitely tried (and succeeded) to get me on another tour that same day. Sparky was a great tour guide and knew all about the city and the sights. She also made sure nobody got lost. All in all I would recommend going on this tour.
  • VerenaE
    VerenaE
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    Pure professionalism
    From start to finish an A* experience. Bikes and helmets patiently fitted, a panier provided for my stuff. It was easy riding (e bikes were also available) with stops for explanations from our a using Dutch guide. A brilliant way to see the city.
  • andreahY3400LG
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    Cycling tour Ottawa
    The 2 hour tour lead by Hans was absolutely fabulous, he was so entertaining and enthusiastic about Ottawa. It’s a great way to see the city. Maria runs an awesome team and all the staff so friendly. If you are flying solo I can thoroughly recommend. I’m Australian and followed their Instagram page, that promoted me to book. Great tour
  • Paradise412101
    Paradise412101
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    Awesome tour around Ottawa!
    Great time with Escape Bicycle Tours! I would highly recommend this tour to anybody who wants to get a very nice ride in around the core of Ottawa. So informative and great things to see. Hans was awesome as a tour guide, and was able to enlighten us of many details at the many stops we made.
  • B5477AXlisak
    B5477AXlisak
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    Great Experience!
    Great way to see downtown Ottawa! Easy route with little elevation changes - works for individuals with any amount of bike experience and kids of any age. Richard was a great tour guide!
  • Q9467YWnataliam
    Q9467YWnataliam
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    Amazing tour!
    I highly recommend Escape Bicycle Tours. It was my first time taking a bike tour around the city, and I quite liked it. It was fun and interesting. We visited many city attractions and famous places on comfortable bikes and at comfortable speed. Our guide, Hans, told us many interesting and fun facts about the city, and his gentle sense of humor and attention to every excursion member made my bike tour experience even greater. I've already told my friends that they definitely need to do the same when they are in the city.
  • Nancy466466
    Nancy466466
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    AMAZING EXPERIENCE!
    This bicycle tour was fantastic. Everyone at Escape Bicycle Tours from Maria on down was so friendly and helpful. This is the BEST way to see Ottawa. Mike our tour guide was very knowledgeable, very sweet and great with my teenage boys. Would definitely do this again.
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agnes P
13 contributions
Oct 2022
We loved so many things about Escape bicycle tours and rentals! The rental part was easy, pickup and return was fast, and Maria and staff were awesome. We easily downloaded several of Escape's RideWithGPS routes, and the cues were accurate which made for really wonderful cycling adventures.
Rental prices were very reasonable, the hybrid bikes were great quality and comfortable which was important b/c we rode them 5 of the 7 days we were in Ottawa. We rode about 30-35 km each time without issues of any kind, discovering the Rideau Canal, River and Falls, Ottawa and Gatineau rivers, the Voyageurs Trail, Dow's Lake, V Massey Park, Remic Rapids, Rapides Deschenes, Lac Leamy, and so many more places, routes, and pathways.
Ottawa and Gatineau have an amazing cycling infrastructure, and with our Escape bikes, we saw much more of both cities than we imagined.
Written October 9, 2022
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Biketoursottawa
Dear Agnes, We love reading your review and your visit! Thank you so much for choosing us and for your very kind comments! It is fantastic to hear that you explored so much of our beautiful region using our rental bikes! Indeed, we live in a very bike-friendly region! We hope to see you again! Warm regards, The Escape Team & Maria :)
Written November 21, 2022
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Gerry G
2 contributions
Fabulous service and great bikes made our 4-hr ride a highlight during our 4 days in Ottawa! You can bike everywhere in this city, so we covered a lot of ground — the locks below Parliament Hill, into the Gov. General’s grounds, past PM’s Residence, across the bridge to Quebec by the Museum, back along the canal past both Ottawa and Carleton Universities, to Hog’s Back falls/rapids, embassies, and more… there are bike paths/lanes all over the region. It helped we used to live here and had a beautiful day (so we did not need to take a tour). However, we highly recommend Escape Bicycle Tours to you for friendly, excellent service and a wide range of equipment for various levels and types of biking. — GRG
Written June 11, 2022
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Biketoursottawa
Dear Gerry, We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed our services and rental bikes and got to discover the beauty of the city on your bike! Indeed, Ottawa is an incredibly bike-friendly city! Thank you so much for choosing us and your recommendation. We hope to see you again! Warm regards, The Escape Team & Maria :)
Written June 30, 2022
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Eric B
1 contribution
Aug 2022
I highly recommend renting E-bikes from Escape Bicycle Tours & Rentals! A person can cover an amazing amount of ground in just a few hours! There is so much to see! Ottawa and the surrounding area is filled with bicycle friendly paths along the Rideau Canal, beautiful neighborhoods, farm land, parks, bridges and breathtaking views of Parliament! With the Alexandria Bridge nearby, Gatineau, Quebec is just minutes away boasting even more bike paths! The owner was kind enough to make a few suggestions by highlighting bicycle friendly pathways on a city map. It was the greatest time we've had in a very long time! We went back two days later to rent again! In my daughter's own words, "I feel a wonderful sense of freedom on this bicycle!" I would later discover just how relevant her observation was after discovering Maria, the shop owner, and her passion for bicycling! I advise renting for an entire day. You will not be disappointed!😃
Written August 29, 2022
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Biketoursottawa
Dear Eric, It is our great pleasure to share our passion for our city and biking with gracious guests like you! Thank you so much for your beautiful words and for voting for our city and us! We are so happy to know that you discovered the best way to explore our beautiful and super bike-friendly city! You can truly visit all the landmarks on safe bicycle paths and the electric bikes make the journey so much more fun! And we love to hear what your daughter said "I feel a wonderful sense of freedom on this bicycle!" We look forward to your next visit! Warm Regards, The Escape Team & Maria :)
Written August 31, 2022
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SandraBerna
1 contribution
Sep 2021
We rented 3 comfort bikes to cycle along the Rideau Canal, around Dow's Lake, and see some sights in downtown Ottawa. The bikes were in excellent condition, very comfortable, sized and ready for our arrival. All the staff were super friendly and helpful. Maria personally welcomed us back from our ride and took the time to chat with us. The washroom is clean and stylish chic. Another bonus feature is Ottawa Bike Cafe with an outside patio.
I highly recommend booking with Escape Bike Tours for their excellent customer service and quality bikes. Thank you to Maria and your team!
Written September 10, 2021
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Biketoursottawa
Dear Sandra, we enjoyed reading your beautiful review and are grateful for your visit and kind recommendation! Meeting amazing customer like you give us lots of joy and remind us why we do this! We look forward to seeing you again! Warm regards, The Escape team & Maria :)
Written November 21, 2021
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GarypRamani
Ottawa, Canada1 contribution
Jul 2021
The 2 eBikes were ready as we arrived. All the explanations were very clear and they give us helmets, bags and a map of the city.
They take time to explain us how to use the eBikes and to adjust the bikes to our size.
The team was very friendly and one of them speaks french.
I recommend to use this company for your bikes location.
I recommend to ride on the edge of the Ottawa River on the East of Ottawa, direction of the Petri Island.
The battery was enough for 60km (3/4 of energy left).
Written July 26, 2021
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Dear Garyp, Thank you so much for your very kind review! Our team is dedicated to giving the best customer experience to our valued guests like you and we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the service and our electric bikes! We look forward to seeing you again! Warm regards, The Escape Tema & Maria :)
Written July 26, 2021
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Ian M
Bath, UK143 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Escape bike tours were great. They let us try a couple of bikes to get just the right one. The hire includes helmet, lock and pannier plus a good map and recommendations on routes. Everything was almost new and well maintained.
Ottawa has good cycle lanes with plenty through park/woodland for a great way to escape the city.
Written July 1, 2023
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Biketoursottawa
Dear Ian, Many thanks for your visit and kind review! We are pleased to hear that you were satisfied with the quality of our service and bikes! Ottawa is definitely a great city to discover by bike! Warm regards, The Escape Team & Maria :)
Written July 27, 2023
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LatinCanuck
Montreal, Canada18 contributions
Aug 2020
We got an amazing service from Escape Tours, we preferred to take a self guided tour since we already knew parts of the city. The bicycles were in excellent condition and the accesories the same. We also got a plan and suggestions from them about the best route we can take to discover new places. It all worked excellent and we spent 3 hours in a great tour.
Written September 3, 2020
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Biketoursottawa
Dear LatinCa, Thank you so much for your kind review! It was our great pleasure to set you up with bikes and accessories so you could enjoy your self-guided tour in our beautiful city :) We hope to see you again! Warm regards, The Escape Team & Maria
Written September 4, 2020
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Muskokajohn
ontario4 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
The trail network in and around Ottawa, is world class. The extensive recreational network connects the city core with the Ottawa River and the canal network. The trails are family friendly and for the most part separated from vehicle traffic.

Escape Tours are a first class operation with excellent bikes and equipment. Their prices are fair, service is excellent, and staff can guide you on route selection. Maria and her team are great ambassadors for Ottawa. We visit the city a couple of times a year and always self tour, booking with Escape.
Written July 27, 2020
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Biketoursottawa
Dear Muskok, It is always a great joy for us to see happy familiar faces of our valued returning clients. It was so nice to have you back! Indeed, Ottawa has world-class biking network and it is our great pleasure to share it with our gracious guests like you through our bike rentals and bike tours! Warm regards, The Escape Team and Maria :)
Written July 29, 2020
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Susanne H
3 contributions
Aug 2022
We rented bikes here every day for 3 days in a row mid August 2022.The first day we did 30 km on the bike path. This went up the Canal Path to Hogs Back Park and Rapids and then back to the downtown via the Rideau River. No cars to worry about just beautiful paved pathways.The second day we drove up to Dows Lake and then back to Canal Ritz for a nice canal side patio lunch. The next day we did the Gatineau path and over the big bridge and Rockcliffe Park. The bikes we rented were a hybrid bike and they were great quality. Gears shifted easily,seats adjusted without any tools required, they were light weight and helmets and locks were included. All of the bikes are new every year and are sold at the end of each season. We are considering buying these bikes they were that good.After the ride they have a beautiful cafe as well for a snack, drink and or lunch. There was no paperwork involved basically you walk in-they get the bikes and off you go. It is fast, easy and seamless. Biking around Ottawa to see the sights was the highlight of our Ottawa trip and this company made it so easy to do.
Written August 26, 2022
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Biketoursottawa
Dear Susan, Thank you so much for your positive review and sharing your rides! You certainly discovered the best way to explore our beautiful city and we are so happy that our high-quality Marin bikes made your adventures more fun! We are so happy to know that we contributed to making your trip a fun and memorable one! We hope to see you again! Warm Regards, The Escape Team & Maria :)
Written August 31, 2022
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Steve1836
Toronto, Canada17 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Maria rented us electric scooters for the day and her and her team gave us tips on where to go and check out Ottawa. We had an amazing day on the scooters. We even had a small problem with one of the scooters and it was quickly replaced with another one. The tips on where to go or amazing. We were able to scooter from downtown all the way to Chinatown, Little Italy and then Glebe. The idea of renting scooters from Maria was brilliant because the other scooters rented out by the city cannot be used in many places that we went to. I’ll together, we made the right choice to go with Maria and her team of excellent tour guides.
Written August 15, 2021
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Biketoursottawa
Dear Steven, Thank you so much for choosing us and for your kind review! It was wonderful to hear about your adventure and how much you enjoyed it! Our rental escooters are so much fun and cost-effective compared to the street options. We are happy that you found us and hope to see you again! Warm regards, The Escape Team & Maria :)
Written November 27, 2021
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