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ByWard Market

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Address: ByWard Market, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9C3, Canada
Phone Number: +1 613-562-3325
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Description: 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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April is mid season so there i limited outside vendors and inside there is less of a buzz than usual. best times to come in summer and winter.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Burnaby, Canada
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Burnaby, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

April is mid season so there i limited outside vendors and inside there is less of a buzz than usual. best times to come in summer and winter.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

This ia a lively and colorful part of the downtown area...lots of food choices, snacks, art etc. Close to parliament. Parking can be difficult.

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Saskatoon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

A huge market, but no different than any other Farmers market, Flea market, etc. Just very big, and a lot of walking. Passes a lot of time if you are looking to pass the time.

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

I always enjoy going to the market. Sometimes we bike down and enjoy a treat. I always enjoy walking through the shops that are there. Seems to be something for everyone. Quite a few restaurants and bars. If you just want a cold one you can sit outdoors on the patio or enjoy some fine dining. Its a place the... More 

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Ottawa
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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Not nearly as good as in the Olden Days - but still a great must-visit for tourists staying in the Ottawa down-town area. Local stands; nice, safe walking, lots of restaurants, close to Parliament Hill.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We have visited the ByWard Market on a regular basis since we moved to Ottawa four years ago. The selection of foods and merchandise is great... some pricy and some very reasonable. We love the independent food vendors both in and out of the stores (in summer time, obviously). Restaurants are plentiful and variety for every palate. Good hotels in... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Lots of great shops with all sorts of delicacies. Sasloves is great for meat and I love the little grocery store and the bakery across the street, Never been disappointed!

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Ottawa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

A year round destination but especially spring through fall when locals shopping mix with tourists snacking. No one can resist the fresh products

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

It was fun to walk around Byward Market, even as I slowly succumbed to hypothermia and exposure in January. Sort of like if someone built a frontier version of Covent Garden in Antarctica. But I'm sure it's warmer in the summer. Assuming there is one in Canada.

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kimberley
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Worth a visit - we ate here most nights and loved the variety from Irish pubs to a 50's diner! Eclectic for sure. Lots of interesting stores and fell in love with the cheese store and ending up bringing lots of smelly cheese home!

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