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Sparks Street, Ottawa

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Sparks Street is a historical street in Uptown Ottawa, Ontario that was converted into an outdoor pedestrian street in 1967, making it the earliest such street or mall in Canada.Sparks runs from Elgin Street in the east to Bronson Avenue. The Sparks Street Mall, that contains a number of outdoor restaurants and also a number of works of art and fountains, only runs from Elgin to Bank Street. The pedestrian only portion continues for another two blocks westward, with the final two blocks west of Lyon Street being a regular road and merges into Bronson Avenue going south.The mall and most of the buildings on the south side are owned and operated by the National Capital Commission. Buildings on the north side of the mall were expropriated by the Government of Canada in 1973 and are currently operated by Public Works and Government Services Canada.HistoryLocated one block south of Wellington Street (the home of the Parliament of Canada), Sparks Street is one of Ottawa's more historic streets with a number of heritage buildings. The street is named after Nicholas Sparks, the farmer who, early in the mid-nineteenth century, cut a path through the woods on his holding that would eventually become the street.
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  • August 11, 2017
    Lots of shops to choose from at this mall. All of Sparks street is a nice play for a stroll, especially now that the city has started to refurbish parts of it.  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    The street is very busy during the 150 years of Canada, the street is pedestrianised and not far from the Parliament.
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  • August 2, 2017
    Years ago we were at the Sparks Street Pedestrian Mall; it was a fun, lively place. Now it does not have much to offer. A few eateries and a good place to walk. Not much fun or general interest locati...  more »
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  • July 8, 2017
    Enjoyed seeing spark st for the first time. Just try not to get trampled by the lunch time crowed.
  • July 5, 2017
    Busy street with lots of good places to eat. Nice pedestrian walk way
  • May 16, 2017
    Great for tourists or a friendly gathering ast a local pub or restaurant. Lots of festivals held on sparks street
  • July 4, 2017
    Came here for ribfest in 2013. Canada day in 2017.
  • April 19, 2017
    This is a great street in Ottawa. Nice shops and things.

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