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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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  • I love a good stroll down Sparks Street day or night it is very safe. Ice cream parlors, restaurants and sidewalk buskers. Musicians, mimes and magicians very exciting environment. 
  • Shopped at this chic, fun, women's clothing store twice. I have been very pleased both times with the personal service and my Joseph Ribkoff dresses I purchased. A2 pret a porter carries Joseph Ribkof...  more »
  • It's nice to get from A to B on pedestrian mall without cars but the main feature seems to be outdoor restaurant patios in summer and a few well restored old buildings. 
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  • Sparks street is a nice and vibrant pedestrian street. There are lots of shops and festivals taking place in this street. Some of there are buskerfest, Ribfest, and I saw and Classic cars fest the other day.
  • Not mutch to see there and the few restaurant they have is to expensive
  • Love the feel and atmosphere of Sparks Street. Nice stroll and don't need to worry about cars and traffic.
  • So, for a little downtown area at lunch it's ok. however it needs more diversified nightlife. A straight club and a gay club would draw crowds back downtown at night, maybe some nighttime restaurants to. Also, they should maybe open it up to traffic during the autumn, winter and spring and return it to just a summer pedestrian mall, that way people wouldn't see it as a huge waste of space.
  • Nice little street to stroll.