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Address: ByWard Market, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9C3, Canada
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+1 613-562-3325
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ESTABLISHED by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of...

ESTABLISHED by Lt-Col. 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.

WITHIN an area roughly four blocks square, you'll find museums, cafes, 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 all.

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This is where we spent the most time in Ottawa.. it has something for everyone and in general is just a fun place to walk around.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is where we spent the most time in Ottawa.. it has something for everyone and in general is just a fun place to walk around.

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Kitchener, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

every thing you could imagine to eat is available in the Byward Market area - Pub ford , fish , buffet, deserts to ethnic food stores - pretty much anything you could want can be found in the area. We and a a couple different places which were good - the atmosphere was very chaotic when we visited ans Winterlude... More 

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Ottawa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Always enjoy wandering through the Market... especially during the summer months. Lots to see, great restaurants, fresh produce when in season...

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Neat location. Lots of little shops and popular stores. Food selection is great whether your looking for something quick, or sit down and many ethnic choices as well. Fun visit for sure.

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Sudbury, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Something for everyone here in the market, bars, restaurants and shops. You can spend an afternoon and evening downtown, skate nearby on the canal and then have some dinner!

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First visit, very busy but lots of shops to explore. Endless opportunities for stopping for a quick beverage or a leisurely lunch / dinner. We purchased cheeses from the International cheese shop. Lots of choices and varieties. A great way to spend an afternoon!!

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Edwards, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A nice Saturday stroll in the sunshine can warm one's soul. There are endless choices of shops, pubs, venders so you will end up inside somewhere sooner or later

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The ByWard Market area was a fascinating area packed with restaurants, bars and shops. It was -8 degrees celsius when we were walking around, so we didn't see everything in the area, but it was a great place to walk around, even if it was freezing cold. We tried out several pubs and bars. Would love to have had more... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We've stopped in here a number of times in the past - whenever we are in Ottawa it's always on our list of things to do. A great variety of restaurants / bars / pubs and a close walk to many attractions, rideau canal, etc.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have been to many markets in Montreal but none compare to The Byward. Lots of vendors....+ the flowers at the beginning of the season are amazing !

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