Tulips on Two Wheels: Two Self-Guided Tours

Photo 2Tulips in front of Parliament Hill. Photo by Cassandra Fulgham. 

Ottawa’s annual Canadian Tulip Festival is one of our favourite times of year to get out on our bikes and enjoy the city (although to be fair we have a lot of favourite times of year to do that!). To celebrate, we've prepared a couple of fun self-guided tours so that you can enjoy the festival on two wheels.

Tulips and Tipples Tour

Photo 3
Carefree riding near Dow’s Lake during the Tulip Festival.

This 14km self-guided tour is a great way to see the main sites and beautiful colours of the tulip festival with a few stops for a drink and a bite to eat along the way, close to the route. You can do the whole tour or just a portion of it.

Route Highlights (detailed in the downloadable PDF of the routes):

  • Commissioners's Park: over 250,000 tulips!
  • Art-is-In Bakery for treats or The Moonroom (after 5) for small plates and cocktails
  • Canadian War Museum for tulip beds and a green roof with a view
  • Mill Street Brew Pub for refreshments
  • Tulips at the Garden of the Provinces and Territories
  • Parliament Hill for fantastic tulip photo opportunities
  • Major's Hill Park - Parliament as your photo backdrop
  • Tipples at The Manx or The Lieutenant's Pump
  • Landowne tulip gallery: lots of amenities and exhibits here
  • Refreshments at the Arrow and Loon pub

Flooding Note: As the Ottawa area has experienced some flooding lately that will impact part of the route as proposed here (that passing along the Ottawa River Pathway below Parliament Hill), we’ve provided an alternative route if the pathway remains flooded. In that case, use Flood Map.

Tulips & Tipples on Two Wheels - Regular Route Tour - Complete PDF (recommended)
Tulips & Tipples on Two Wheels - Flood Route Tour - Complete PDF (recommended)

Tulips & Tipples on Two Wheels - Printable Regular Route Tour
Tulips & Tipples on Two Wheels - Printable Flood Route Tour

Tulips & Tipples on Two Wheels - Regular Route Tour Google Map
Tulips & Tipples on Two Wheels - Flood Route Tour Google Map

Tulips and Tots Tour

Photo 4A tot enjoying the tulips on his two wheels. Photo by Simone Rivers

There are lots of family-friendly activities planned at Tulip Festival and bikes are a great way to get between these. The main spots for families are at Lansdowne and Commissioner’s Park but we’re suggesting a few other stops to keep the young ones (or just the young at heart!) entertained and happy.

This route is about 15km for the whole tour, which might be a bit long for our littlest bike buddies, but you can do any portion of it on its own.

This route is intended for families with kids on bikes or in bike seats or trailers. One part of the route isn’t accessible to trailers, so we’ve mapped a detour option for that part of the tour or you can just skip it altogether.

Route Highlights (detailed in the downloadable PDF of the routes):

  • Commissioners's Park: over 250,000 tulips!
  • Gelatini Gelato or Art-is-In Bakery for treats
  • Canadian War Museum for tulip beds and a green roof with a view
  • Parliament Hill for fantastic tulip photo opportunities
  • Ottawa River pathway - tulip season is also the season to spot fuzzy goslings and ducklings
  • Major's Hill Park - Parliament as your photo backdrop
  • St. Luke's Park Playground, in case the kids need to burn off some energy (or you need a break)
  • Landowne tulip gallery (and playground): lots of amenities and exhibits here

Flooding Note: As the Ottawa area has experienced some flooding lately that will impact part of the route as proposed here (that passing along the Ottawa River Pathway below Parliament Hill), we’ve provided an alternative route if the pathway remains flooded. In that case, use Flood Route.

Tulips & Tots on Two Wheels - Regular Route Tour - Complete PDF (recommended)
Tulips & Tots on Two Wheels - Flood Route Tour - Complete PDF (recommended)

Tulips & Tots on Two Wheels - Regular Route Tour JPEG
Tulips & Tots on Two Wheels - Flood Route Tour JPEG

Tulips & Tots on Two Wheels - Regular Route Tour Google Map
Tulips & Tots on Two Wheels - Flood Route Tour Google Map

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