Well hello everybody.
Just to give you some history I moved to Ottawa nine years ago (1998) when I was 14 years old from British Columbia. I didn't know Ottawa so I learned most of the Orleans area on my bike, getting lost and then finding my way home. I have always been restricted to city bike paths or the roads because that all I know that exist, I have never had the opportunity, or any friends for that matter who were into riding bikes for recreation.
My girlfriend both have pretty much your cheap bikes that you can pick up from places such as Sportsmart etc as she has no interest in riding anything more than the bike trails along the river. But I still crave for more as when I lived out west I could ride my bike to a great area full of trails and I could kill an entire day in the woods. I have yet to find anything like that out here.
What I am mainly looking for these days are trails in wooded areas that provide for great landscape and a great biking environment/ trails that give you the feel your far far far away from any city, but at the same time, trails easy enough for an inexperienced rider such as my girlfriend.
I don't mind packing up the bikes on my bike rack to go to these trails, but at the same time I don't want to have a long commute just to enjoy a few hours on the bike.
Or, even at the very least, are there any goo bike clubs out there that have regular group rides, etc?