ByWard Market

The oldest part of the city
and its entertainment destination



byward market The Byward Market is a four-square block district in the center of Ottawa and is one of the city's major attractions. Whether you are looking to get something to eat, browse unique boutiques, be entertained, or simply stroll and admire the sights, this is a must-see destination. At night it is Ottawa’s destination of choice due to its many ethnic restaurants, pubs, clubs, and music venues.

"The Market" is where Ottawa was born. It was established and named after by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, making it one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets and it is actually Canada’s oldest continuously operated market. By laid out the street plan and designated George and York Streets to be extra wide so the horse-drawn carriages that brought foodstuffs to the market every day could be accommodated.

Today the ByWard Market is Ottawa’s number one tourist attraction, averaging 50,000 visitors per weekend in the summer months. Easily accessible on foot, by public transit or car, the Marche as it is known in French, offers a unique experience for all. For information on getting there by public transit visit www.octranspo1.com.




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The market is home to both a local farmer’s market and artisans and contains over 260 stands and 500 businesses. It includes:
  • 88 Restaurants
  • 35 Food Retail Establishments
  • 23 Nightclub and Entertainment venues including The Chateau Lafayette, Ottawa’s oldest tavern, established in 1849
  • 25 Arts, Culture and Education facilities including The National Gallery of Canada and Notre Dame Basilica, Ottawa’s oldest and largest church
  • 11 Books and News Shops
  • 57 Fashion Shops including Richard Robinson’s shop and haute couture school
  • 18 House and Home Shops
  • 19 Boutiques
  • 39 Health and Beauty Salons
  • 43 Service businesses

byward market ottawaThe building housing the market is open year-round with the open-air stalls operating in the warmer months offering items such as flowers and fresh produce. For information visit www.byward-market.com.

A must see attraction for any visitor to Ottawa you can actually visit the market area on a couple of occasions as it makes a great place to stop for lunch then maybe head back down for dinner or some nightlife. In Ottawa, this is the place to go for dining or entertainment. Every time I visit Ottawa a trip down to “The Market” as the locals call it, is definitely on my itinerary.


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