Ottawa’s ByWard Market
Ottawa’s ByWard Market is the city’s premier destination for shopping, dining, arts and entertainment. One of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets, it is Ottawa’s most popular tourist destinations averaging well over six million annual visitors; that’s more than 16,000 people every day. With over 260 stands and more than 500 businesses, including local farmers and artisans, museums, unique cafés, food shops, boutiques, galleries, pubs and salons, it is no wonder that residents and visitors alike flock here.
Located east of the government and business district, bordered by Sussex Drive, Mackenzie Avenue, Cumberland Street and Rideau Street, ByWard Market is spread over an area of approximately four city blocks. Part of the market is housed in market building with the open-air market on George, York, ByWard and William Streets.
The market gets its name from the engineer Lieutenant Colonel John By. It dates back to 1826 when it served as a farmers’ market. The streets were designed to accommodate horse carriages that brought produce to the market on a daily basis. Today, the market still serves as a farmers’ market, but with changing times and needs, has evolved into so much more.
Annual events taking place in Ottawa’s Byward Market include a Stew Cook-Off during the first week of February, an Auto Classic the first week of June, Oktoberfest/Volksmarch on the third Saturday of October, and Christmas Programming during the month of December.
The ByWard Market is open 7 days a week year-round. Hours vary from vendor to vendor, but generally, the outdoor market begins at 6 a.m. and remains open until 6 p.m.
The Market is conveniently located in the heart of the city, making it accessible on foot, by transit or by car. There are two City of Ottawa parking towers, two private parking towers, and thousands of on-street parking spots, and many 15-minute courtesy parking spaces for quick errands located nearby.