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Cycling map rolling into the Ottawa Valley

By Celina Ip

The Ottawa Valley Tourist Association will be rolling out an online and printed cycling map for the Ottawa Valley in 2018.

The Ottawa Valley Tourist Association will be rolling out an online and printed cycling map for the Ottawa Valley in 2018.

This new year, the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association is inviting cyclists to explore their country roads with a new printed cycling map.

 

Since kicking off the project over a year ago, the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association has worked in partnership with the Ottawa Valley Active Cycling and Transportation Alliance and local cycling experts to design an interactive online map (available at www.OttawaValley.Travel) as well as a printed map that will both be unveiled in January 2018.

“We had developed cycling routes about 15 years ago as part of Valley Explore which is our online trail guide – so we took those existing routes, revised them and created a few new ones. We've been working in partnership with local cycling shops like GearHeads, some cycling experts and our municipal partners to design the routes and to help identify staging or parking areas as well as bike racks to include on the map,” said Ottawa Valley Tourist Association marketing manager Melissa Marquardt. “It's a long project and it takes a lot of pieces of information to put together and compile together but we're really happy with the end result of the printed map.”

The map showcases 16 dynamic routes across the Ottawa Valley and Pontiac County for eager cyclists to devour. Aptly named using cycling lingo, some of those routes include the Cyclotron, Pembroke-Petawawa Commuter, the Whitewater Rush, the Opeongo Loop, the Barry’s Bay-Quadeville Quadbuster and the Renfrew Ramble.

The best restaurants and other tourist destinations, top spots at which to refuel, get a glimpse of the region’s history, or even stop for a bike repair are also highlighted on the map.

According to Marquardt, they decided to design the map with the main objective of promoting and supporting cycling in the Ottawa Valley.

Marquardt hopes that the map will encourage more locals to explore their country roads, while attracting more tourists to the area and inviting them to discover the charming beauty of the Ottawa Valley and Pontiac County – by bike.

“The cycling map can be used as a tool to draw cyclists from outside of the region to the area which will support tourism in the area,” said Marquardt. “The Province of Ontario has been working to develop the province as a cycling destination and they have a mandate to make Ontario the cycling destination over the next few years. we obviously want to help feed into what the province is doing, so by providing cycling routes for the Ottawa Valley it helps put our region on that provincial cycling network.”

The online map will be revealed in January 2018, followed by the printed map which will be distributed to local and provincial visitor information centres, Chambers of Commerce, retail businesses and tourism operators in the Ottawa Valley.

cip@postmedia.com