Electric bikes have become increasingly popular in Ottawa in recent years. They provide an efficient way to travel around the city and are becoming a popular alternative to traditional bicycles and cars.

Overall, the e-bike scene in Ottawa is growing and becoming more accessible to people looking for a fun and convenient way to get around town.

Ottawa's Best Electric Bike Trails

Ottawa is one of the best places in Canada for electric bike trails. Here are some of the best:

Rideau Canal Pathway

Following the historic Canal, the Rideau Canal Pathway is a popular choice for cyclists. The trail stretches for approximately 7.8 kilometers and offers scenic views of the canal, parks, and downtown Ottawa. It's a well-paved and relatively flat route, making it ideal for electric bikes.

Ottawa River Pathway

The Ottawa River Pathway provides a picturesque route for electric bike riders. It offers stunning views of the river, Parliament Hill, and several city landmarks. The pathway spans a considerable distance, with different sections to explore, and connects to other trails in the region.

Gatineau Park

Located just across the Ottawa River in Quebec, Gatineau Park is a natural gem with numerous trails suitable for electric bikes. The park features a mix of paved and gravel paths that wind through forests, lakes, and hills. It offers a range of difficulty levels, allowing riders to choose trails that suit their preferences and skill levels.

Greenbelt Pathway

Ottawa's Greenbelt is a vast green space that encompasses forests, wetlands, and agricultural areas. The Greenbelt Pathway is a network of trails that crisscrosses through this natural area. With over 150 kilometers of trails to explore, electric bike riders can enjoy a variety of scenic routes and discover the beauty of Ottawa's green spaces.

Electric Bike Infrastructure in Ottawa

The city of Ottawa has over 600 km of bike lanes and paths, which can be used by electric bikes. These include dedicated bike lanes on many major roads, as well as off-road paths that connect different parts of the city. The city also has several bike-parking facilities, including bike racks and bike lockers, which can be used by electric bike riders.

Ottawa's Best Electric Bike Tours

Ottawa's Best Electric Bike Shops

The city also has several bike shops and retailers that sell and service electric bikes, including a number of specialized e-bike shops.

There are several e-bike retailers in Ottawa, selling a variety of models and styles, including traditional-looking e-bikes, folding e-bikes, and e-scooters.

Epic Cycles

Epic Cycles is a leading electric bike retailer with a location in Ottawa.  They offer a long list of electric bike brands, parts, and accessories.


Scooteretti is one of the best electric bike shops in the city, located in the middle of downtown.  A great destination for buying an electric bike, getting your e-bike repaired, or renting an electric bike to try out for the day and explore the city.

Derand Motorsports

Derand Motorsports has locations in west Ottawa (Carlingwood Mall) and in East Ottawa (Newmarket Street). They offer electric bikes, fat tire e-bikes, and e-scooters. Derand is a fantastic option if you are unsure what type of e-bike you want. They also offer some of the best financing options in Ottawa.

Pedego Electric Bikes Ottawa

In the Byward Market, the Ottawa outlet of Pedego is a great place for e-bike riders who know they want a Pedego. They city, cruiser, off-road, and specialty e-bikes. Pedego also has great warranties for any e-bike that you purchase. The store has e-bikes available to rent and is likely to offer e-bike tours of Ottawa in the near future as well.

Pedal Easy Electric Bikes

A lightweight e-bike that looks and rides like a regular bike. These are some of the sleekest looking e-bikes and you can look at them or test them out at their physical location in Ottawa.

It's always a good idea to check out multiple shops, compare prices and models, and read reviews before making a purchase. Also make sure to test ride the e-bike before making a decision, as it can give you a good sense of how it feels and handles.

Renting an Electric Bike in Ottawa

In Ottawa, there are several options for renting electric bikes.  Some bike shops offer e-bike rentals, Scooteretti and Pedego both have excellent rental options. Rent a Bike, just across from Parliament, has good e-bike selection with 1 hour ($20), 8 hour ($60), and weekly options ($29 per day).

Ottawa phased out its bike share program in the city.  Instead, they have now opened up to offer scooter-sharing programs from Neuron, and Bird.

There are also independent providers that offer affordable e-bike rentals and in some cases guided tours. Escape Bike Tours has e-bike rentals available for hourly ($21), daily ($50), or 3 day ($195) rates. They also guided tours of Ottawa for solo travelers, families, or large groups.

The Ottawa Valley has stunning geography and undulating terrain, Ottawa Valley Adventures offers e-bike rentals and tours that explore all that the region has to see.

Ottawa's E-Bike Rules and Regulations

In Ottawa electric bikes are governed by the rules from the province of Ontario. Electric bikes are subject to the same rules and regulations as traditional bicycles. The following is a general overview of the local rules for electric bikes in Ottawa:

  • Electric bikes must have a maximum power output of 500 watts and a maximum speed of 32 km/h.
  • Electric bikes can be ridden on bike lanes and paths, as well as on roads where bicycles are allowed.
  • Electric bikes do not require a driver's license or insurance.
  • Riders must be at least 16 years of age to operate an electric bike.
  • Riders must wear helmets when operating electric bikes.

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