My name is Tess MacLellan and I am a social media intern at the historic Lord Elgin Hotel located in downtown Ottawa. As a public relations student at Algonquin College, I am passionate about great food, family and friends, and working hard. Each week, I will be featuring a different neighbourhood and restaurant in Ottawa to showcase all the amazing and diverse treasures this city has to offer. Discover new and exciting possibilities through The Lord Elgin Hotel’s blog!
Neighbourhood: The ByWard Market
Location: Sussex Dr. & Rideau St. to Dalhousie St. & Cathcart St.
It may seem hard to believe, but every weekend the ByWard Market has 50,000 people walking it’s sidewalks during summer. For some, the Market is a place to go for some nightlife fun and amusement. For others, it is a place to purchase fresh, local fruits and vegetables. I have spent the day touring around to find out what the ByWard Market is really about.
For starters, It is beneficial to know a little history about the Market. It was established in 1826 by Lieutenant-Colonel John By, the same man who designed the Rideau Canal. The ByWard Market includes George Street North, Dalhousie Street from George to Cathcart, and Sussex Drive East to Cumberland Street West. Originally, the Lieutenant-Colonel designed George Street North and York Street to be extra wide to accommodate the horse drawn carriages that came through to make deliveries to the Market.
It was a beautiful day on Tuesday, the sun was shining and there was a light breeze in the air. Perfect for touring around outside. On first arrival, I could hear the strums of a guitar echoing. I could feel all the culture this place had to offer almost immediately.
The Market has so much to offer from fresh fruits and vegetables to lush flowers, jewelry, and clothing. The colours are so vibrant and pretty you cannot help yourself but be totally mesmerized by what is around you. Everyone working in the Market was extremely friendly and helpful making shopping and visiting downtown Ottawa a joyful experience.
I made my way to the ByWard Market Square, the central part of the Market where most of the action is. This building houses many different vendors, such as women’s and children’s clothing to food and cafés. My favourite place to visit was Moulin de Provence, an attractive spot amongst tourists since this was where U.S. President Barack Obama visited during his time in Ottawa in 2009.
As I continued on my journey I was able to find lots of great shops for clothing and accessories. Frou Frou, the Sassy Bead Co., and Tickled Pink are just some of my favourites to browse through. The kiosks along the streets also have some great finds at even better prices. Whether you are looking for something small or large, there is something for everyone.
After walking around for a few hours, you are probably going to be looking for a nice place to sit, eat, and relax. I know I was. The ByWard Market has an endless supply of restaurants and patios to choose from. There is something there for everyone whether you visit the Market during the day and venture for entertainment at night, there are lots of different options.
– Play Food & Wine
– Blue Cactus
– Heart & Crown
– The Grand
– Stella Osteria
– Cornerstone Bar & Grill
– The Cupcake Lounge
– Luxe Bistro
– Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar
For more information on all the ByWard Market has to offer, be sure to check out www.byward-market.com or the ByWard Market Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thebywardmarket