With my love fully immersed in her conference, I decided to rent a bike and take advantage of Ottawa’s wonderful bike paths. I got an early start to get some riding in before the heat would become oppressive later in the day. After picking up my bike and helmet from a local shop downtown, I’m off along the Ottawa River trail heading west away from downtown.
The bike trails around Ottawa are beautiful, and a great feature of the city helping to promote a healthy lifestyle:
After a short ride, I pause at Remic Rapids Park, drawn to the balanced rock sculptures along the river. These sculptures are done every year by artist John Felice Ceprano. He uses no bolts or adhesives, so there’s a delicate beauty to these sculptures. Here are a few pictures from my short stop here. First, the sculptures with downtown Ottawa in the background:
I keep cycling west until Britannia Beach near Lincoln Fields which makes a nice spot for a quick rest and a bottle of water. This is a beach I used to frequent a bit one summer when I lived in the west end of Ottawa in the 90s. I head back toward downtown so I can take in some spectacular views and so I can save my legs for the rest of my planned trip along the Rideau Canal. Here’s the Peace Tower and the Library of Parliament (with the National Gallery just off to the left) as I arrive back in downtown:
The ride along the Canal is really beautiful and peaceful. It’s about 11:00 or so and there are lots of people out running, cycling and walking. My route takes me south, around Dow’s Lake and then across the Rideau Canal at one of its locks:
By the time I start the final leg north back into the city, my legs are starting to get a bit tired. The heat index has climbed to 35C and I’m on my last bottle of water. As the canal makes its final turn south of downtown, I’m happy to see my destination in sight:
It was a great way to spend a morning in Ottawa, and was a wonderful reminder of the outdoor pursuits so easily and comfortably available in the city. Slightly weary, here’s a picture of me and my ride just before I turned my bike in: