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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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  • This place has unfortunately fallen onto somewhat hard times in recent years, with construction resulting in a lot of boarded-up shops, and the ones that are left are not particularly interesting. Tha...  more »
  • This pedestrian mall bills itself on being unique, and while it is a bit of a stretch compared to some European cities, it is a nice area of the city for a walk, and for being in centretown, there is ...  more »
  • Pedestrian Street that is used for various festivals and special events, on regular days it is nothing special. With the constant construction it has been rather pointless for the last few years and d...  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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