Like the rest of us, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie sometimes need to escape from day-to-day life. The bike and the network of trails in Gatineau Park is the perfect opportunity to get in nature without going too far from the office for the prime minister.
Ahead of this weeks G7 summit in La Malbaie, Que., Trudeau and his wife Sophie were staying at Harrington Lake which is the all-season retreat of the Prime Minister of Canada in Gatineau Park. The couple snapped a picture in front of one of the parks many lakes as they enjoyed a day riding bikes.
The prime minister has a hydration pack on and they both sport pretty casual attire. But with some pretty technically challenging mountain bike trails in the park, we wonder whether they stuck to the recreational trails or looked for a bit of a challenge.
Gatineau Park has over 90-km of shared-use trails. Conveniently situated across the Ottawa River from the nation’s capital, it’s an accessible getaway from the city.
It’s not the first time Sophie is pictured on a bike. Last January, she posted a picture as she headed out for a winter bike commute with their young son. The Trudeau family is active and at the beginning of summer were out together with their daughter in a canoe.
The ride on Sunday comes less than a week before Trudeau will travel to Le Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie, Que. for the G7 summit. The event conflicted with the Grand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay which had to be cancelled so security in the region could be devoted to protecting the world leaders gathered in Charlevoix.
Present at the G7 summit will be Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, United Kingdoms Prime Minister Theresa May, U.S. President Donald Trump, and European Union Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Council President Donald Tusk. Maybe Trudeau and his wife will be able to convince a couple of the world leaders to go for a ride in between talks.