With hundreds of kilometres of pedestrian pathways, beautiful natural scenery along the Ottawa River and Rideau Canal, and historic landmarks dotting the city, Ottawa is a true paradise for runners.

Here are a few running routes that will get you started on the right foot (no pun intended) exploring what Ottawa has to offer. Just click on a route to display a printable PDF map.

Note: Start anywhere on the route. Distances are approximate!

Parliament Stroll – 2K

Here’s a perfect 2K for warming up the legs and getting close to two of the city’s biggest landmarks: Parliament Hill and the National War Memorial. Download 2K Map »

Official Tour – 5K

Think of this 5K as your official running tour of Ottawa. Parliament Hill, the Museum of Civilization, the Chateau Laurier and National War Memorial—they’re all here, with few streetlights to slow you down. Want another look? Double it up for a great 10K! Download 5K Map »

Canal Cruise – 6K

This sociable 6K takes you along the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO heritage site and the winter home of the world’s biggest skating rink. Download 6K Map »

Rideau Hall – 10K

From the National Gallery and Royal Canadian Mint to 24 Sussex and Rideau Hall, the Governor General’s residence, this is Ottawa at its most grand. Enjoy great views of the Ottawa River before returning back through Rockliffe. Download 10K Map »

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