Travel to Canada for Ottawa's Bridge Street Bazaar
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Thursday, 05 July 2012 17:35
For seven years now, Ottawa's Carleton Place has hosted the Bridge Street Bazaar, an open-air festival that allows locals and visitors to enjoy a full day of shopping, eating and entertainment. This year, travellers finding themselves in Ottawa on Saturday, August 4, should join the community in a celebration of the capital's rich multiculturalism and beautiful scenery.
During the event, the downtown section of Bridge Street will be closed to automobile traffic so visiting families can feel safe while they peruse through dozens of vendors and food tents. Travellers should not forget to pack their sunscreen as the late summer months bring about cloudless skies. After slathering on some lotion, locals and visitors can make their way down the street where they will find musicians, acrobats and balloon artists vying for their attention.
A taste of Ottawa
Whether attendees simply want a quick snack or an entire meal, the Bridge Street Bazaar offers a full range of eateries, including Cupcakes at Heart. Owned by Gen Ridley, this cute bakery has been a mainstay of the bazaar for years, and visitors just can't seem to keep their hands off these charming mini cakes, which are often too beautiful to eat.
For those who want a refreshing libation, St. James' Gate Pub and Restaurant sets up outdoor seating for the bazaar and offers a full menu, including a number of Canadian beers on tap. To complement a crisp glass of ale, diners should try a basket of zucchini sticks or seafood fondue to really satiate their appetite.
Bizarre versus bazaar: Unique finds at Bridge Street
Sculptures made of teacups? Wooden bracelets? Unique antiques? The Bridge Street Bazaar attracts a number of one-of-a-kind vendors to display their goods, whether they're selling handmade jewelry or eclectic artwork. Of course, more traditional craftsmen set up shop during the bazaar, so visitors and locals won't have to look far for souvenirs or neat housewares.
Families can also enjoy the more eccentric side of Ottawa at the bazaar's petting zoo, at which children can hop onto small ponies and take a ride around the streets with a guide. With dozens of farm animals, including sheep and cows, kids can learn about Canada's rural side.