Favorite thing: When visiting Ottawa - particularly in and around the Byward Market you absolutely MUST get a beaver tail! Fried dough sprinkled with sugar and then you can choose any topping you like! Anytime I bring someone new to see Ottawa I make sure that before they leave they have tasted one of Ottawa's signature snacks! It's great in the summer to stop by their location in the Byward Market and munch while the sun is shining. Otherwise - I suggest in the winter to put on a pair of skates and stop at one of their many locations along the canal!
We paid a visit to the colourful market, selling fresh flowers, vegetables and speciality goods. Also the famour maple syrup.
People were all friendly and you also feel the french influence too.
Fondest memory: Very colourful stalls at the market
Especially the flowers
The name of the city of Ottawa was originally Bytown and the old Byward Market was the original market spot. The Market today, in addition to a fruit, vegetable and flower market, consists of several blocks of restaurants, pubs, cafes and shops. On one side is the large department store, The Hudson's Bay Company, or The Bay as is usually called and it's attached to a multilevel shopping mall called the Rideau Center.
Fondest memory: I've spent more than a few hours wandering the streets, browsing in the shops and sampling the restaurants and pubs in the Byward Market.