Spring has sprung, and summer is on its way. As the weather improves, more things will start opening; some of those things will be the City of Ottawa’s signature markets.
The Byward Market
The indoor vending in the Byward Market takes place throughout the year; the outdoor vending begins in May and runs into October. The Byward Market has been the center of outdoor vending in Ottawa for almost 200 years. Today, it offers shopping opportunities through a plethora of local vendors, as well as awesome restaurants, artisan groceries, retail, and street theatre. A highlight is the Moulin de Provence bakery in the Byward Market building, which is home to the now-famous cookies that were once bought by former US president Barack Obama on a visit to Ottawa. A night market in the Byward Market is slated to launch on 9 June 2022.
York Street Farmers Market
Taking place on York Street, just off Byward Market Square, this producer-only market returns on May 7th; running from 9 am to 2 pm, it will offer a variety of farmed and locally produced goods, ranging from craft liquor to locally=grown produced to things like baked goods.
This is Ottawa’s second-oldest market, taking place in the heart of the city’s Hintonburg neighborhood. It is closed during the coldest parts of the year, but the rest of the time, it offers everything from vegetables to Christmas trees, depending on the season. It provides visitors with some of Ottawa’s best local goods and products; it also provides a healthy dose of good communal spirit.
The Parkdale Market also has two offshoots: The Parkdale Night Market, which runs from 4 to 8 pm and provides things like local goods, entertainment from buskers, and plenty of street food and drinks, and also the Parkdale Flower Market, which is run in conjunction with the Ottawa Flower Markets organization.