Petrie Islands Park

Fabulous ride to Petrie Islands Park this morning.

Always a good sign when long sections of the chosen bike route are designated as dark green in Google Maps. That means bike paths.

I passed the fountain at Strathcona Park in Sandy Hill along the way and it’s operational! She’s a real beaut’.

Strathcona Park fountain

One of the eeriest parts of town is Rothwell Heights, a neighbourhood that was run by the military, except the houses have disappeared. All that is left is a ghost network of roads, driveways, street signs, the occasional street light, even an overgrown basketball court. Now I don’t recommend trying to access this area because there are NO TRESPASSING signs all over the place, however if by accident you do find yourself wandering into the area, prepare to be wierded out. UPDATE – June 2018: Rothwell Heights is being re-developed but there are still a few sections that fit the above description. I didn’t notice any NO TRESPASSING signs this time.

Rothwell Heights

The Ottawa River Pathway, which I joined from the Aviation Parkway is the most serene ride in the region. Long stretches hugging the shoreline without interruption and the sound of the tight packed stone dust crunching beneath one’s tires is mesmerising.

Once arrived at Petrie Islands Park you can go for a hike along the Turtle Trail and River Loop Trail. The info centre is very precious, run by volunteers who are passionate about conserving this natural habitat. There’s also a very nice beach on Petrie Island.

On the way back I took advantage of the NCC Sunday Bikedays whereby on Sundays throughout the summer they close off major parkways under their jurisdiction to motorised vehicules. The level of participation I witnessed along the Rockcliffe Parkway was incredible – all ages, on all sorts of bikes and rollerblades. Very inspiring.

Author: ottawavelo


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