Since we toured Ottawa during the summer, we missed out on ice skating on the Canal, but from what we understand it is as popular as running in the warmer months, locals even use it to commute to work! Paved paths meander for miles along the Canal's two banks. Both routes offer wonderful jogging and easy bike riding venues. We don't recommend them for hard core cycling, however, because of the pedestrian traffic and frequent curves. Pick up a path anywhere along the Canal and go as far as your heart's content.