Escape Bicycle Tours
We offer guided, fully-supported bicycle tours to urban and rural destinations in the Ottawa, Ottawa Valley, and the Outaouais area.
Our bicycle tours are designed for leisure and recreational bicyclists - both tourists and locals! Travelling on mostly bicycle routes (at an easy to moderate pace) we bicycle between 15 and 50 kilometers per day. Our tours include visits to some of the most attractive sites and hidden gems in the region. We stop to enjoy locally-sourced, delicious & nutritious food, visit museums, historic sites, and local farms while bicycling through breathtaking scenery.
About the Founder:
I grew up in a small village in the north of Iran, near the Caspian Sea. My greatest joy was riding my bicycle every day after school with my best friend, Eli, balanced on my handlebars. We'd travel past the young men playing soccer, through the open fields, and into the forest on the edge of village.
I'd pedal as fast as possible for the thrill of the wind in our faces. We'd often fall in the fields, or on the dirt paths, laughing hysterically at how ridiculous we looked. Exploring the world on my bicycle was my childhood definition of freedom. I was happiest outside in nature -- visiting the trees, lying in the grass, and feeling the sun on my face.
Around the age of eleven everything changed. One day, Eli and I were slowed down behind a group of young male soccer players who were walking on the path towards the field. I could not keep the bicycle balanced. We both fell off and started laughing at ourselves, at which point an older man approached us and looked Eli in the eye. With a very kind paternal voice, he told her
“My daughter, you are a grown up woman. Getting on a bicycle in a skirt is inappropriate, especially around these young men. Go home and wear proper clothing. The two of you are grown up women and should not be on a bicycle.”
We went home and told our parents, in search of sympathy. Instead, they told us to stop bicycling around, as we needed to begin behaving in a more 'proper' and 'appropriate' way for women. My bicycle was given to my younger brother and I was left with a yearning for the next 13 years.
I threw myself into school, replacing the physical freedom of my bicycle with the freedom found inside books. Reading became my escape. I excelled in school and university. After a lot of hard work, I received a scholarship from Carleton University in 2002 for my Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology.
The first order of business for me was bicycling - which I did on Day One, using a colleague’s bicycle. I made quite a comical sight – as it was a man’s bicycle and he was a foot taller than me! I didn’t care. Words cannot describe how I felt the moment I got on that bicycle -- what a rush of excitement, freedom, and joy!
On the day I was told to stop bicycling, I could never have imagined that one day I would be free to bicycle again in my beautiful home, Canada. I started Escape Bicycle Tours to share with you the joy and freedom of bicycling in nature. Escape Bicycle Tours is about unwinding from our daily hectic pace. It's about celebrating our freedom to explore and connect with our Canadian heritage, magnificent nature, history, and culture on our bicycles!
Plan your next Escape with us for a few hours, one day or a couple of days, and discover some magnificent ‘hidden gems’ in the Ottawa and Gatineau Regions. Together, we’ll explore beautiful urban and rural landscapes, museums, farms, great local cafes, and bakeries at a leisurely pace.
It will be fun! Plenty of fun!
Upon receipt of payment your order will be packed and posted either the same day, or at latest the next working day.
Paypal and credit cards are processed almost immediately, while bank transfers can take 24-48 hours.
In general we find that deliveries to Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane metro and VIC regional are made within 1-3 working days. NSW, SA, TAS, ACT and NT take 2-5 working days. Regional QLD, WA and other remote areas will take 5-7 working days.
Please note these are only expected deliveries times and occasionally delays may occur.
We use Australia Post for all of our deliveries except for Bulky Items. For bulky items we use Direct Freight Couriers.
COMBINED POSTAGE FOR THE PURCHASE OF SEVERAL ITEMS
Our internal shipping charge calculator will tell you the cost of your postage prior to your checkout. In most cases buying more than 1 item will result in cost savings to you.
- Small items up to 500g cost around $7 postage. Depending on the weight and size you will get 2 sometimes 3 small items posted for this amount.
- Most larger items post for about $12 and you will generally be able to add 1-3 small items at no extra charge
- Once you purchase products over 3 kg in weight there is generally, only a small amount of extra postage charged
COMBINED SHIPPING CHARGES FOR BULKY ITEMS
You can add smaller items together with bulky items and there will generally be no or a small added postage cost. Ordering items such as 2 bike cases may not result in any savings due to their volume. Ordering mid-size items like two fluid trainers together will result in very good savings though. You will get your quote for shipping costs before you checkout.
If you have any queries please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
We now ship to New Zealand. For further details please visit our International page here.