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ByWard Market, Ottawa

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Arguably the city’s number one tourist attraction, historical ByWard Market offers an eclectic mix of shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and nightclubs. Reconciling contrasts such as secluded courtyards and bustling streets, a local farmers' market and artisans’ stands, the market is the city's leading destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Walk between outdoor stalls with fresh flowers, fruits, and vegetables., then look for local trend-setting artworks. Stop by a little teashop and experience the small neighborhood feel. The market is also home to museums, specialty food shops, hair and beauty salons, and over 500 businesses. Plan to visit ByWard Market during your Ottawa vacation using our convenient Ottawa vacation trip planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    There's tons of activities to do- especially with the Canada 150 events. Free shows and entertainment, the Ottawa sign, farmers market, and shops! Plan to spend a couple hours here!  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    The local market with many tourists walking, numerous dining options, eateries and charming shops. Worth a stop and enjoy the movement. Some buskers perform as well.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Barges that offer local products, shops and restaurants fast food of all origins but nothing transcendent.
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For the best access to restaurants and shops, stay in the historic central neighborhood of ByWard Market, where you can choose from a range of comfortable hotels. Options also abound just south of the canal in Centretown, where you can enjoy easy access to the best attractions in Ottawa. You can explore the city's diverse heritage by staying in one of its many cultural hubs--Chinatown, Little Italy, and Quartier Vanier offer a distinctive taste of China, Italy, and France respectively.
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