Ottawa’s ByWard Market
*Every weekend in the Summer, close to 50, 000 visitors visit the ByWard Market
*It is home to more than 600 businesses
*George and York Streets were designed extra wide to accommodate a public market
If you didn’t make it to the nation’s capital to mark Canada Day, it should be on your bucket list of places to visit. I might be a little biased, considering it is my hometown, but none-the-less I’m sure no one will disagree when I say you have walk through the ByWard Market and see all that it has to offer.
Created in 1826, the ByWard Market in Ottawa, is one of the country’s oldest and largest public markets. Lieutenant-Colonel John By, who supervised the construction of the Rideau Canal, was instrumental in creating the Market. The ByWard Market includes George Street North, Dalhousie Street from George to Cathcart, and Sussex Drive East to Cumberland Street West.
This is the hopping hot spot where you will find it all from shopping, to dining to arts and entertainment. The four square blocks can be toured easily by foot.
When I come home to visit I always like to check out the local produce at the farmers’ market. The vendors are always more than happy to strike up a conversation about their fruits and vegetables that they are proud to be selling.
Speaking of food, there are a variety of places to eat here. From cafes to patios and from pizza to Vietnamese Pho, the ByWard Market has it all. Whatever you are in the mood for, or if you’d like to try something a little different, you will enjoy a great meal at any one of the 85+ food establishments here.
If you’re looking for some night life, the Market doesn’t disappoint. In fact, you have to add visiting Ottawa’s Oldest Tavern, Chateau Lafayette to your list. It opened its doors back in 1849. Back then it was named Grant’s Hotel. Over the years there have been numerous name changes. In 1936 it became Chateau Lafayette. The neon sign outside the Laff is believed to be the oldest one in the city.
Every Saturday afternoon, be sure to catch the local legend Lucky Ron–who has been performing at the Laff for over 25 years. He hasn’t missed a Saturday since he became a regular in 1999!!
The ByWard Market is Ottawa’s number one tourist attraction. This year, for Canada 150, it’s expected the Market will welcome more than 10 million visitors.