The Log Driver’s Waltz: Ottawa Valley Bikepacking Route
Written by Jen & Eric, Log Driver’s Waltz Route Developers
The Log Driver’s Waltz Bikepacking Route is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most picturesque and challenging routes in Ontario and Quebec. Developing the route and sharing it, and our other routes, with bikepackers from near and far has been a rewarding community building experience. As well as taking riders into rugged backwoods of the Ottawa Valley and Outaouais our route is unique in that it goes through the downtown of Ottawa, Canada’s National Capital and parallels a portion of the Rideau Canal, a World Heritage Site.
2022 Grand Depart
This year our first Grand Départ will leave from Almonte on August 20th, 2022. There are two distances to choose from, the 800 km Log Driver’s Waltz and the 350 km L’EGGS Route. So far there are 27 riders from a variety of countries and provinces including, Australia, United States, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec who have signed up. Learn more about the 2022 Grand Départ here.
About the Route Developers
Jen and Eric enjoy long distance biking, skiing and canoe trips. They began exploring the backroads of the Ottawa Valley with their children on two tandems in the early 2000’s. Realizing that the gravel roads were quieter (safer) and much more interesting than paved ones they began to actively seek them out. Over the years they have explored north, south, east and west of Ottawa. They believe that the Ottawa Valley is one of the best places to live on this planet, and certainly one of the best places to cycle.