Ottawa Bike Tour: The Essentials

Tour Time: Everyday from 10:00-13:00

What You'll See: Downtown, Parliament Hill, University of Ottawa, Byward Market, Rockcliffe Park, (3) Waterways


$65 CAD + tax & fee

($50 USD / 45€ + tax/fee)

Guide, Bike, Helmet, and a refreshing snack Included. BYO water please!
Our Norco Scene bikes are a dream to ride!
Minimum recommended age is 12 due to height restrictions.

**COVID-19 Update**

For your safety, all tours are suspended until April 16th. Please stay tuned for more updates and hope to see you post-COVID-19

Ride essential neighbourhoods, visit must-see Downtown sights, catch Riverfront views, and get a feel for Ottawa's international stature.

  • Cover the areas you need to see first in Ottawa all in one morning or afternoon in an active way.
  • Learn about Ottawa's past, present, and future as Canada's capital city.
  • Discover tucked away parks, charming, laneways, and a booming food market
  • Ride bike paths alongside (3) waterways! The massive Ottawa River, the Rideau River, and the Rideau Canal
  • Make The Essential Bike Tour your first activity in the city - learn the layout of the city, interact with its people, get ideas What to Do!

Departures at 10:00am everyday.

Guide, Bike, Helmet, Water, and a refreshing snack included!

This easy-going ride is 15 miles/25 km long and suitable for anyone who can ride a bike

Small groups provide a more intimate experience - 10 riders max

Available from April to November

All tours run rain or shine, we provide rain capes just in case!


See more in less time
On this Ottawa bike tour you’ll see half the city in only 3 hours in an active way.

A relaxed ride
Stops all along the tour to rest and take photos, while your guide tells stories of the city and introduces you to the lifestyle of the locals

Safety first
Most of the tour runs on Ottawa’s incredibly impressive network of protected bike lanes, quiet streets, and parks.

Friendly & knowledgable guides
Nothing better than seeing the city with one of our fun local experts.

Locals insight
We’ll show you our favourite parts of Ottawa and after your ride we’ll give you the best recommendations to make the most of your stay!


Highlights of this tour

Rideau Canal and the Rideau River bike paths

Rockcliffe Park and over a dozen Embassies

University of Ottawa

Break time! A refreshing snack in Byward Market

Beautiful views of the Ottawa River and Quebec

National Art Gallery and more museums

Parliament Hill

This tour departs from Joe Mamma Cycles, located in the charming Glebe neighbourhood.

- 10-15 minutes taxi ride from the downtown core
- 25-30 minute walk from Parliament Hill

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Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.

Which tour should I choose?

Both of them! No seriously, both tours are quite different.  You will receive a discount if you book both together in advance Here’s a quick breakdown:

The Essential Ottawa Bike Tour – best for first-time visitors, or those that want to visit the core of the city.  It’s not all Downtown streets though, this tour also visits a residential neighbourhood, a big public market, the University of Ottawa campus, and Rockcliffe Park which offers beautiful views over the Ottawa River.

Hoods & Hidden Gems Ottawa Bike Tour – best for those that want to dive a little deeper into the lifestyle and pulse of the city. This is the tour that will even impress locals as it visits some beautiful natural areas including the Hog’s Back and Chaudière Falls, a huge Arboretum, and also Little ITaly and Chinatown. Includes beer tasting at a craft brewery, or other drink at the cafe next door.

[The Essential] + [Hoods & Hidden Gems] Combo – Book both tours in advance and benefit from a 25% discount on the second tour!



What happens in case of rain?

All of our tours can run rain or shine. We even offer rain capes on bike tours to keep you dry! Only in extreme weather conditions shall a tour be cancelled.  This decision is always taken at the meeting point of the tour and never before the departing time.  In the rare event a tour is cancelled we will attempt to place you on another departure, or offer you a full refund.

Is the bike tour easy for everyone?

Yes! Ours tours run at a relaxed pace, and include plenty of breaks and informational stops along the way. Ottawa is a truly bike friendly city with bike paths everywhere. The tours stick mostly to bike lanes, although we occasionally run along quieter city streets. Also, riding in a group is helpful and we always provide tips for smart and safe riding at the beginning of each tour. If you’ve ridden a bike before, you’ll be more than fine!

What is the cancellation policy?

For our regular tours, cancellations made more than 24 hours in advance are fully refundable (A 5% cancellation fee applies). Tours cancelled with less than 24 hours notice are non-refundable.

What if the tour is sold out on the date that I want to go?

If a date and time is sold out, there is always a good chance that we will add an additional tour on that day. Please contact us to let us know what date you are interested in if you do not see availability.

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"Wow, what a day! The tour ended up being a highlight of my trip. Our guide Cecily was absolutely fantastic and full of knowledge. The bikes were comfortable and rode smoothly. If you're looking for a fun outdoor activity, this is it!"

Lucas, Toronto Canada

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