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RentABike first participated in Canada’s capital love affair with cycling in 1976 although the first velocipede dates back to pre-automobile 1869.

Operating for over 25 years from the Hotel Chateau Laurier and now in a unique adapted railway tunnel under Rideau Street on the World Heritage Rideau Canal, RentABike offers an experienced and respected cycling service for visitors and residents.

Our youth tour services are unique to Canada if not North America. On June 4th, 2018 we celebrated our 200,000th grade school student participant who has enjoyed the Capital’s extensive pathway network. Many schools have been returning for 20 years.

“This is always out most popular activity in the Nation’s Capital.”
Bruce Denmane, Hyland Heights School, Shelburne, Ontario.

How to find us

We are situated below Plaza Bridge at 2 Rideau Street, Ottawa, the Senate of Canada.
Nous sommes situés sous le pont Plaza, au 2, rue Rideau, à Ottawa, dans l’immeuble du Sénat du Canada, sous le célèbre Monument des Cinq


From the Westin Hotel, 4 min

Leaving the Westin, walk across Colonel By to Rideau Canal and turn right along  canal to Plaza Bridge.

From the Château Laurier (Fairmont) Hotel, 2 min

Leaving the Château, turn right, and walk to the set of stairs (20m, leading to the Château’s Terrace). At base turn left and proceed through tunnel and down stairs and there we are!

From the Bus station on Mackenzie King bridge, 8min

Leaving bus (Rideau Centre), walk on the MacKenzie King bridge (W) towards the parliament. Take the stairs (20m) on your right. Simply cross the lights in front of Shaw Centre and turn right on Rideau Canal. Continue walking along the canal (towards the parliament), and you will see us.

Driving S on Highway 5 (QC)

Stay on #5, cross Ottawa River, continue on King Edward, right on Stewart (1km), left on Daly to Rideau Centre parking

From History Musuem, Ave Laurier, cycling (8min)

South on Alexandra Bridge, right into Parc Major’s Hill, stay on path to right of Hotel Chateau Laurier, take door/tunnel under Rideau St/Plaza Bridge and there we are!

From Parliament Hill, walk 5 min

Down Wellington (E) to 10 m before Chateau Laurier Hotel on your left, take steps to terrace (10m), left at base, follow door/tunnel and down steps and there we are!

From the Rideau Centre parking, walk 4min

Cross Colonel By drive, turn right on Canal, and there you are in 2 minutes!

From the World Exchange Plaza parking, walk (10m)

East to Confederation Sq (5min), East past War Memorial, over Canal and right at Paul’s Boat Cruise Kiosk, down steps and we are under the route you have just walked on!

Driving Highway #417 (E/W), The Queensway

Take Nicholas St north, over Laurier Ave and left on Daly St to Rideau Centre parking. Walk to Rideau Canal and turn right to East Arch, Plaza Bridge


Our Team

Peter Plaunt, Owner

  • Since 1979
  • Quebec- Montreal UCI race
  • UCI cat 1-2 Pro races in NewYork, Vermont, Ontario and Quebec
  • Tour de Beauce DS for ICSF
  • Mavic neutral service at World Cups
  • Ontario Randonneur member
  • Cycled, Toured and Raced all over North America, Italy and Spain
  • Shimano Certified Pro Mechanic
  • Personal Mechanic for a few Pro Athletes, both Triathlon and Cycling.
  • World Cup and Olympic cross-country and Biathlon Ski Tech

Jill Messier, Manager

  • Victoria-St John’s solo 2013.
  • Moved up to racing UCI Elite in 2018.
  • Gatineau Grand Prix June 2018
  • OBC Cyclo-Cross series.
  • Tues nite Criteriums.
  • OBC Thurs Time Trials.
  • Shimano Certified Technician
  • Winterbourne Certified Pro Mechanic
  • All season commuter.

Harry Musson, Owner

  • Since 1981
  • Founder: Oxfam Ride for Refugees 1983
  • Ottawa Grand Prix
  • Fall Cyclo-cross series
  • Time Trials, OBC.
  • See Nite Criterium
  • Rideau Lakes Tour
  • Ottawa-Montreal Fall ride
  • Rides; France, Spain, UK, Australia, NZ, Vietnam, India
  • Fri nite IPA
  • Chez Lucien (Murray St), La Bottega (George St), Green Door (Main)