Some welcome spring with a weekend dedicated to de-cluttering hidden corners of the house and putting away the winter gear into storage. Others may welcome the longed-for spring season by purchasing a fresh new pair of running shoes, a new spring running wardrobe and researching new running routes in their area. If you’re part of the second group, you’re probably checking the weather forecast daily and have your new running wardrobe readily accessible for that first chance to hit get out there.
For those residing in the Ottawa area, there are more than a few great spots to get out there and shake off the cobwebs while testing out the new running shoes.
Iconic Running Routes in Ottawa
Gatineau is a popular running spot with over 240 kilometers of trails to choose from. Whether you are looking for a short run to waste some time and get back into the running groove or you’re looking for a good workout to get the heart rate up and test a new heart rate monitor, Gatineau Park is the spot. With a wide variety of trails to choose from, you can tailor your route to stay along paved or unpaved paths and even add in a lakeside beach stop for a quick swim on a hot summer day.
Rideau Canal Loop
If you’re a history buff, love vintage architecture or you’re simply looking for a great running route, the Rideau Canal is the perfect spot. The path meanders alongside the canal starting from Confederation Park until Mooney’s Bay Park all the while enjoying views of the World Heritage Site. For those who run all season long, this particular route has some maintained paths that are popular in the winter and a great place to test out some new Salomon Speedcross shoes.
Rideau River Eastern Pathway
If you’re not a fan of gravel running routes for a variety of personal reasons and sticking to paved routes is more your style, you will want to check out the Rideau River Eastern Pathway. Cruise along in your Hoka One One Arrahi running shoes and enjoy views of the water and parks along the way.