Commonly known to locals simply as The Market, the oldest market in Canada is the place to hang out on a hot, sunny day. The area dates back to 1826 when horse drawn wagons brought food to area residents. In fact, there is still an operating horse stable in the core of the market area belonging to the Cundell family.

Ottawans congregate in the Byward Market to shop for produce, to see artisans and street performers at work, or simply to enjoy a refreshing drink on one of the many outdoor patios that line the bustling area.

Stands selling fruits and vegetables, maple syrup, or flowers.
Flower Market

Taste the wine!

wine tasting in market area

Enjoy a Beavertail. (

Beavertails in the Byward Market


Sightseeing the old-fashioned way.sightseeing in the Byward Market

There is always lots to see and do in the lively Byward Market, especially on a beautiful summer day.

Another option, of course, is to find a little sidewalk café, one of many in the Market area, and begin sketching while enjoying a refreshing beverage.



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