Ottawa's ByWard Market
An historic farmers' market and shopping district by day, a favourite gathering place of restaurants and clubs by night - the ByWard Market just east of Parliament Hill is one Ottawa neighbourhood you won't want to miss.
- Established by Lieutenant-Colonel John By in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets; farmers and craft merchants from across the Capital Region gather to their wares daily.
- "The Market", as it's known to locals, is a favoured shopping district not only for fresh produce, but for a wide range of fashion, décor and specialty shops.
- From casual outdoor cafés to more upscale dining and nightlife, the Market offers something for every taste.
- The Market is a great place to people-watch. During warm days, pull up a chair at an outdoor café and watch the world walk by.
- The Market is the setting for many popular annual events, including the culinary Tastes of ByWard, the Winterlude Stew Cook-Off, ByWard Market Mardi Gras and more.
- There are several secluded cobblestone squares in the Market - see if you can find them.