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ByWard Market

ByWard Market, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9C3, Canada (Byward Market Area)
+1 613-562-3325
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$32*
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Ottawa City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
84%
Ranked #1 of 31 Shopping in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Neighborhoods, Flea/ Street Markets, Specialty Shops, Shopping
Activities: Shopping
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Owner description: 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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Minden, Ontario
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

Not as much happening and not many outdoor vendors. The nice part was not having to fight the crowds though that is for sure.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Many great restaurants and pubs to choose from. Exciting market in the streets and people abound on a wonderful summer evening. Take your gf to the cupcake lounge or try a beaver tail!

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143 reviews 143 reviews
19 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Came here on an early November biz tripped and I pigged out on all sorts of yummy produce and samples, all the shop owners were super friendly and the selections were diverse. Beavertails a little overhyped for what you get, but most of what I came across was not tourist trap like at all. Seemed like a real living breathing... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Loads of things to look at and compare. Great food items. Lots of colorful things to see and explore. Don't miss this place if you visit Ottawa.

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Ottawa, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The Byward market has been around for centuries....and it is constantly renewing itself to attract tourists from around the world. It is well worth a wander around this 5 block square area to see the charming and unique shops and original architecture. When I was a child, the market square was where farmers brought their livestock to sell on Saturdays... More

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London, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

What a great place to shop for clothes, books, get your hair done, have coffee or a meal. Fresh fruits and vegetables abound, bakeries, delis, and so much more. Enjoy the sights and sounds!

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Toronto, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

A must for anyone visiting Ottawa. Streets filled with cafes, bars vendors and lots of interesting place in which to poke around. I never visit Ottawa without heading down there. You can spend the whole day walking around and browsing if you so choose!

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Pembroke, Canada
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85 reviews 85 reviews
15 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

You name it the Market has it. Fruit, veggies, cookies, gifts, eateries, pubs, deli's and so much more. A great place to stroll around in the center of Ottawa. Close to hotels and may other attractions.

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Ottawa, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

If you visit Ottawa don't forget to stop by the Byward Market. The best time to visit the Market is in the summer when all the street vendors, Artisits and Buskers are out. Take a stroll through the many charming shops and stop by one of the Cafés or tea houses. There is a good selection of restaurants to choose... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Highly overrated,restaurants offering "good food" are rare and few. In the summer there is absolutely no ambiance, not even a little background music to relax to on the patios. Boring. Parking is expensive. You are surrounded with pan handlers and in some areas the smell of urine is absolutely horrible. Rideau street is overwhelmed with tattoo shops and street people.... More

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