Explore the Ottawa River northwest of downtown, featuring Fitzroy Provincial Park and Morris Island Conservation Area. Pack a picnic or consider an overnight camp out at Fitzroy Provincial Park. Don’t miss a stop in the town of Fitzroy Harbour and Penny’s Fudge Factory for treats. Experience a little slice of Québec countryside in Quyon, including a ferry ride over the Ottawa River. 45 km
On a hot day in August, I invited my staff to join me for this 45-km scenic rural ride — well outside of the normal “urban” focus of my work as a councillor. Highlights of the ride include the picturesque village of Fitzroy Harbour. It was hard to believe we were still in the City of Ottawa!
There were options to take a picnic lunch stop in the park in the centre of the village, or at the beach alongside the inlet from the Ottawa River. The beach can be accessed from the village itself (sparing yourself the strain/pleasure of climbing the steep Fitzroy Street hill) or through Fitzroy Provincial Park. We chose not to take the ferry ride across to Quyon, and thus skipped the 5km or so loop on the Quebec side. But the ferry crossing is free for cyclists, and adds a water dimension to the ride.
Don’t miss Penny’s Fudge Factory. One of our group certainly had no intention of missing the many flavours of fudge — right Angela? — although most of us opted for ice cream instead. Ah, poor Ian and his dietary restrictions!
Morris Island Conservation Area (the suggested start and finish) is worth a walk, or a visit by canoe or on skis on another day.