Bike Link From the Voyageurs Pathway to the Lac-des-Fées Pathway

The Lac-des-Fées Parkway runs along the eastern edge of Gatineau Park. A multi-use pathway runs parallel to it, then curls in to the park at Rue Gamelin, eventually meeting up with the Gatineau Park Pathway. It’a a good commuter route for those living adjacent to the park, as well as a slightly less arduous access to the park than the Gatineau Park Pathway, albeit not as scenic. The tricky part is how to access The Lac-des-Fées Pathway from the south, more specifically the Voyageurs Pathway that runs along the mighty Ottawa River. Here’s how.

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Riding along the Voyageurs Pathway heading west there’s a sign indicating Rue Millar.

Link off Voyageurs Pathway to Rue Millar
Link off Voyageurs Pathway to Rue Millar

Right across Rue Millar there’s a path through cozy little Parc Baker.

Path through Parc Baker (photo doesn't show it, but there's a bike rack & picnic table nestled in there)
Path through Parc Baker (photo doesn’t show it, but there’s a bike rack & picnic table nestled in there)

The path through Parc Baker brings you to Boulevard Alexandre-Taché, one of the worst roads to ride along in the entire Outaouais. Fortunately Alexandre-Taché needn’t be followed for very long, and there’s a sidewalk to follow that goes over the train tracks.

Boulevard Alexandre-Taché
Boulevard Alexandre-Taché

Just beyond the tracks there’s a desire line path that crosses in front of the Salaberry Armory.

Desire line path from Alexandre-Taché intront of the armoury heading towards Boulevard St-Joseph
Desire line path from Alexandre-Taché infront of the armoury heading towards Boulevard St-Joseph

This leads to Boulevard St-Joseph, another less than spectacular riding experience, with many-a-pothole and cross town traffic, but far less insane than Alexandre-Taché. It also requires following for just a short stint before arriving at the FIP sign pointing to Promenade du Lac-des-Fées along quiet residential Rue Duquesne.

Riding along Boulevard St Joseph just before turing on to Rue Duquesne
Riding along Boulevard St Joseph just before turing on to Rue Duquesne

Then, hop! – you’re onto the Lac-des-Fées Pathway.

Southern start of the Lac-des-Fées Pathway
Southern start of the Lac-des-Fées Pathway

On the way back things get a little convoluted as Rue Duquesne is a one way heading west. This requires weaving one block south to Rue Graham, as indicated by the purple line on the above map, and the photo below.

Dipsy-do to get to Rue Graham heading back
Dipsy-do to get to Rue Graham heading back

Et voila!

Author: ottawavelo

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