The ByWard Market was established in 1826 by the legendary builder of the Rideau Canal, Lt-Col. John By. The street plan of the Market was laid out by Colonel By himself in order to ensure that George Street and York Street were extra wide so that they could accommodate the creation of a public market and gathering place.
The ByWard Market is one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets and is home to museums, caf?s, specialty food shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, pubs, hair & aesthetics salons and more!
The Market encompasses an area that is roughly four blocks square, and is easily accessible on foot, by public transit or by car.
The ByWard Market one of Ottawa?s major tourist attractions and averages 50,000 visitors per weekend in the summer months. and is a prime destination for shopping, dining, arts, entertainment and professional services for residents and visitors alike.