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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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  • There are always fun events happening at Sparks Street either an outdoor movie night, Ribs or Poutine Festival, Innovation Fair.  more »
  • The only positive is that you can walk relaxed due to the pedestrian zone. Otherwise, the road is a disappointment. Hardly any shops here are to find clothing stores none, a few uninteresting souvenir and jewelry shops. There are a few Cafés and restaurants, which also first not to knock out one of the sight. It is also not too much going on here accordingly. Can run you over, but is not a highlight. What a pity
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  • Great pub food, and very reasonable. The service was quick and the waitress new her stufff. I only trouble we had was the Debit machine which was not our waitress problem. The 5 of us tried to pay and...  more »
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  • Enjoyed seeing spark st for the first time. Just try not to get trampled by the lunch time crowed.
  • Busy street with lots of good places to eat. Nice pedestrian walk way
  • Great for tourists or a friendly gathering ast a local pub or restaurant. Lots of festivals held on sparks street
  • Came here for ribfest in 2013. Canada day in 2017.
  • This is a great street in Ottawa. Nice shops and things.

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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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