Established by Lieutenant-Colonel John By in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets. The legendary builder of the Rideau Canal, Colonel By himself laid out the street plan of the Market, designating George Street and York Street to be extra wide to accommodate the creation of a public market and gathering place.
An area roughly four blocks square, The ByWard Market offers many museums, cafÃ©s, specialty food shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, pubs, hair & aesthetics salons and more! Easily accessible on foot, by transit or by car, the ByWard Market offers a unique experience for a everyone who walks its streets.
The ByWard Market is Ottawaâ€™s number one tourist attraction, and is the premier destination for shopping, dining, arts, entertainment and professional services for residents and visitors. This area averages 50,000 visitors per weekend in the summer months. It is home to both a local farmers’ market and artisans with over 260 stands, as well as over 500 businesses. In 2013, the ByWard Market will played host to 6.3 million of the 7 million visitors that visited the Nationâ€™s Capital in 2013.
108- Restaurants, including 2 – 24 hour restaurants (Zakâ€™s and Dunnâ€™s)
35 â€“ Food Retail Establishments
23 â€“ Nightlife and Entertainment Venues â€“ including:
The Chateau Lafayette â€“ Ottawaâ€™s oldest tavern, established in 1849, and the home to the â€˜Lucky Ron Showâ€™
25 â€“ Arts, Culture and Education Facilities â€“ and home to:
The National Gallery of Canada
Notre Dame Basilica â€“ Ottawaâ€™s oldest and largest church â€“ opened in 1885
11 – Books and News Shops
57 â€“ Fashion Shops â€“
Home of designer Richard Robinsonâ€™s shop and haute couture school
18 â€“ House and Home Shops
19 â€“ Boutiques
39 – Health and Beauty Salons
43 â€“ Services