The Friendship Trail is enjoying its inaugural cycle season this summer. We hope cyclists will discover this remarkable new cycle route that loops from Ottawa on the Trans Canada Trail, to Carleton Place, through the picturesque communities of Almonte and Pakenham, to return through Carp and Ottawa’s western rural neighbourhoods.

The Friendship Trail – Mississippi & Ottawa Rivers Cycle Loop gives adventure seekers, families, groups and tourists a variety of multi-day “small town” experiences in the National Capital Region and through the Ottawa Valley. The trail corridor traverses natural beauty and heritage sites, and it features both tourist attractions and eclectic amenities. It offers multiple side-trails to fun points of interest in the communities along the Mississippi and Ottawa Rivers.

Blessed with natural beauty…

…and rich in history

This new trail will be unveiled as part of the 2019 Voyageur Route Mobile Workshop on June 3rd and 4th (see more about the workshop schedule). On Monday 3rd cyclists will make their way from Parliament Hill to Carleton Place via the Friendship Trail route. On Tuesday June 4 cyclists will be traversing the new trail from Carleton Place through Almonte and Pakenham. As part of the workshop, cyclists will leave Pakenham’s 5-Span Bridge at 1 p.m. to ride through West Carleton, circling through Carp to a final destination in Arnprior.

Many local cyclists believe this route will prove to be the Ottawa Valley’s ultimate cycle adventure as it links a string of small towns and attractions along the Mississippi and Ottawa Rivers – providing this region with its very own Waterfront Trail or P’tit train du Nord.

Watch for more news of trail features and attractions through this cycle season.

For more information, you can contact the Friendship Trail working group of volunteers at Check regularly for more information.