Guide at a Glance
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
I am an adventure touring guide and business owner of a cycling shop. Along with my university classmate at the time, I decided 35 years ago to open a bicycle business. We had attended an Economic History lecture and were riding our bikes along the Rideau Canal. We bought a local small bike rental business and have enjoyed sharing the beauty of the region with locals and visitors from around the world ever since.
Since I moved to Ottawa years ago, I have loved cycling along the canal, which is Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. The pathways for cycling along the Rideau Canal and the Ottawa River are popular. In Ottawa, there are more than 600 kilometres, or 373 miles, of recreational pathways.
My favorite area to bike is east of the downtown core to take in the beauty along the quiet Rockcliffe Parkway, which is also known as the Sir George-Etienne Cartier Parkway. The vegetation and the landscaping are lovely but it’s also the architecture and some of the stories you can tell about the people who have lived there over the years. Old pine forests also characterize the Rockcliffe Park neighbourhood.