A 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.