Motorcycle Tripping in and Around Ottawa

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Welcome to Canada's Capital city! Ottawa and the surrounding countryside offer a perfect blend of urban excitement and stately rural charm.



The Capital

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Although it is one of Canada's most populous cities, Ottawa's wide and orderly streets make for a motorcycle-friendly urban experience. Being in Canada's capital you will want to visit the Parliament Buildings, where the official business of the country takes place. Their gothic architecture, sandstone, and green copper roofs are almost as iconic of Canada as the maple leaf. Ride along Colonel By Drive or Queen Elizabeth Drive for views of the Rideau Canal where rowers, bikers, picnickers and other outdoor hobbyists go to unwind. Along Ottawa's northern border, the massive Ottawa River (one of Ontario's largest) can be viewed from numerous points along Wellington Street and Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway.

All that big scenery is going to make you hungry. Fortunately, Ottawa prides itself on being one of Canada's top culinary destinations. Take your pick of mouthwatering rendezvous by perusing Savour Ottawa's list of restaurants that serve locally produced food, or, for more breadth, use Ottawa Tourism's restaurant search tool.

Ottawa is also well-known for its array of world-class galleries and museums. The exhibits at the Canadian Museum of Nature and the Canadian Museum of Civilization are particularly impressive. And of course you'll want to experience Ottawa's thriving night life in the hip ByWard Market neighbourhood. Ottawa's accomodations range from the most luxurious to the most affordable and should be able to please a weary rider of any stripe.

 

The Countryside

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One of the reasons Ottawa was eventually chosen as Canada's capital was that it's relative seclusion in the interior of the country made it defensible from attack. While threat of invasion is unlikely any time in the near future, the city retains much of its rural surroundings, which means that the kind of motorcycle riding you know and love is just minutes away from big city attractions.

Ottawa tourism has suggested five charming routes to help you explore this beautiful countryside. East of Ottawa you will find that agritourism is popular, with farms like Stanley's Olde Maple Lane Farm inviting people to check out their tasty operations. The country guest houses at La Vieille Ferme provide a relaxing escape from the noise of city life. And you'll want to check out Beau's Brewing Company and see if they will reveal some family brewing secrects. They make one of my very favourite brews!

Riding south of Ottawa, as the Rideau Canal widens, you'll find the picturesque village of Manitock. There are some really excellent places to eat with restaurants like Kelley's Landing providing patio views of the historic waterway. Travelling to the northwest you will find the countryside growing more rugged with farm land transitioning to Canadian Shield. Follow the twisty roads in these parts to Fitzroy Harbour Provincial Park for some time on the beach. Why leave this beautiful location to sleep when they have full-service campsites for those of you who are willing to pack a small tent?

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Have a look at OntarioTravel.net's Ottawa and Countryside section to learn more about this nature lover's haven. Click on the button to the right to learn about some of the great routes to get you in and out of the national capital region.

A little further west brings you to our next post. Stay tuned for motorcycling in the Ottawa Valley!

Recommended Route: Ride the Ottawa Valley

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