In hidden away courtyards by Byward market are several lovely works of art.
My first photo is of the Tin House (2003), which I find awesome. It is the facade of a house of tinsmith Honoré Foisy. He advertised by decorating the outside of his house. This work of art is made of original and fabricated parts of the house. It is a fun idea, putting the facade of a tin house on the wall of another house. It was put up here in the courtyard in 1973 (which was then named after the facade) and in 2003 it was restored again.
My second and third photos af of the Angel - which is a cast iron angel given to the National Capital Commission in 1979 by the Catholic Church. The angel stood over the door of a chapel by a cemetary. The Angel is located by the Beaux-Arts Courtyard.
My fourth photo is called Young girl (1986) by John Ivor Smith. By this courtyard Jeanne d'Arc institute was located - which was run by nuns and was a residence of young women - the statue represents a young woman playing with a hoop - with a reference to God as well as she is holding the hoop over her head looking at it. It is loaced in the Jeanne d'Arc Court.
My fifth photo is located in the same courtyard as the Young girl, and is called Dancing Bear (1999) by the Inuit artist from Nunavut, Pauta Saila. The artist is well known for his dancing bears - or playing bears. The statue of the bear is amazing, it actually looks like it is a blown up balloon.
I recommend looking these works of art up, they are so worth it.
There are 14 alley cats in the market area - not easy to find though. These are 14 bronze statues of alley cats by Jean-Yves Vigneau from 1993.
I love art-work like this - they are crudely made cats, almost like a child had made them out of clay.. but they are interesting. Some of them are on top of the building, and some of them are in the windows of the parking lot almost touching the side-walk. I couldn´t find all 14, but I came close.
I am happy I sought them out, they were worth it :D
Byward market was established in 1826 and is one of Canada's oldest and largest markets. It is the oldest surviving part of Ottawa.
Now this is my favourite place in Ottawa, the-buzzing-with-life-Byward-market. It is a big market area (4 blocks square) with a European flare to it in my opinion. Countless restaurants and cafés, vegetable and fruit stalls, flower stalls, jewellery and clothes stalls. And the Byward inside market with lots of restaurants and stores which are open onto the street. This being Canada with cold winters then the outside stalls are only open during the warmer months though.
During the weekends in the summer time there is outdoor entertainment (buskers) and on a sunny day being there is heaven I say :) The many restaurants and cafés are then filled with people.
We always meet up with one friend here - and I have had lunch with a VT-member here at Byward market.
See additional photos of the market area in a travelogue here.
Hanging in the roof of Byward market is an awesome piece of art, I love it. It is so colourful and matches perfectly the colourful atmosphere of the market. It is a cloud on which sit slaughters and salespeople at the market. Absolutely delightful.
It was made by the Hungarian Victor Tolgesy in 1978.
One can get so close to the artwork by going up on the second floor where the toilets are - from there one can get very good photos.
The artist was an abstract artist, but turned away from it and created such cheerful artwork. In Gatineau there is artwork by the same artist called the Explorer II - it is not to my taste - see my tip on my Gatineau page.
ByWard Market is one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets. Although it started out as a typical farmer's market, over the years the area has grown to include an impressive quantity of specialty shops, restaurants, pubs, nightclubs and cafes, making it one of the city's liveliest areas, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. If you happen to be there during the day, it's truly worth taking the time to slowly walk up and down the dozens of streets that make up the Market to discover some of its hidden gems. Make sure to save some room for a BeaverTail!
The Byward Market is a great place to just wander around. Whether you are a tourist looking for a souvenier, a local who wants to buy some fresh produce, someone who wants a quick bite or a good meal, or someone like me, who just wants to wander around taking pictures, the Byward Market has something to offer everyone!
ByWard Market is theoldest continuously operating farmer's market.
Historic ByWard Market Square located in the downtown area of Ottawa's oldest commercial and residential neighbourhoods.
The original market building was constructed in 1848, the current one - in 1926. It was renovated and re-opened in 1976.
ByWard Market has over 20 Merchants and it is the ideal place to shop for a wide variety of items.
Open 7 days a week:
Open 7 days a week
Mon-Wed: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday: 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday & Sat: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Closed: Christmas Day, Dec. 25 and New Years Day, Jan 01.
The ByWard Market (Marche By) is four blocks of stalls, specialty shops, restaurants, cafes and boutiques. Find your souvenirs here! It's the most popular tourist attraction in Ottawa, and a beautiful walk on a nice day!
ByWard Market is a lively market where you'll find flowers, fresh fruit, souvenirs, clothes, some delicacies like maple syrup, etc.. I walked by it in late afternoon and early evening so there wasn't much activity there, but I enjoyed the scenery.
I also found the totem pole on the first picture there, and I was wondering if I was going to find a stand selling aborigine stuff but there wasn't any.
We spent an enjoyable few hours at this variety market which includes arts & crafts, fruit and vegetable market, restaurants, bakeries, fast foods, novelities and whatever else you may want.
The market has been here for well over 100 years, rebuilt in 1926 it has been renovated many times, the most recent being 1997.
After a hard day's shopping around the market's many excellent little shops a beer and a nibble become a pretty attractive option. When the beer list runs to 21 pages and the nibbles are complimentary then the option becomes even more attractive.
Vineyards is a basement wine bar and bistro just before the corner of York and Byward Market and instead of having a cut-price "Happy Hour" offers a freebie cheeseboard between 4 and 6 from Sunday to Thursday. As would be expected from a 21 page beer menu there are some excellent beers on offer from all over the world as well as a good selection from local microbreweries. And its not just beer, the wine list runs to 28 pages with many available by the glass.
Wine or beer aside though, the cheese was the main draw for me personally and the freebie offering doesn't consist of the "el cheapo" little morsels found elsewhere but rather comprises a proper cheeseboard with big chunks of an international selection of very good cheeses.
Yep, help yourself to as little or much as you'd like, accompanied by some tasty crackers and home-made fruit chutney, wash it down with a drop of your favourite tipple and if you fancy seconds feel free!!
This is the best place in Ottawa to stop by and buy fresh produce, flowers, plants, etc, and to enjoy a snack outdoor or indoor. There are plenty of stand-up counters and cafes where you can get a snack or a drink while watching people walking by or enjoing the street performers. There are also boutiques displaying a wide variety of wares and crafts.
Byward Market is undoubtedly one of Ottawa's most famous attractions. It is much livelier in the the summer than in the winter (when I took the pictures) as a number of small producers from the region (both Ontarians and Québecois) come to sell their produce (fruits and vegetables, speciality products, organic goods, maple syrup) to the public and especially to tourists. Inside the actual market there are a number of unique and speciality food stands at which you can purchase groceries or a meal. To be honest, there is little point in buying the ethnic food from the stands - it is expensive and the quality isn't all that great. For that sort of food you're better off looking for a sit down restaurant somewhere in the city. The good part of the market is the bakery/café section at either end, where you can get great coffee and even better pastries and sweets. There are some tables set up (outside as well in the summer) so that customers can enjoy the goodies in a bit of small town atmosphere. The market is not the best place to be after closing hours, however, as the numerous enclosed spaces are ideal places for the homeless to bed down and its proximity to Ottawa's clubs and bars means that the area is no stranger to brawls and drunken mischief.
This can be a fun way to spend an afternoon...regardless of any reason its a pretty lively place just to look around ,grab a meal,or shop for whatever you want.
There are East Indian Restaurants,Middle Eastern,Italian,Mexican,Steak and Seafood,Thai,Sushi...whatever your taste might be.
There is a great selection of fresh produce and annual and perrenial plant vendors,if you happen to need a henna tatoo done or if you've arrived in town and you've forgotten your slippers than you can find it at the market...
Guaranteed daily entertainment can always be found simply by finding a comfy spot to hang and drink a coffee or a cold one....and watch the characters that are sure to be found on any given day.
This is one of the main venues for buskers...particularly when the "Busker Festival" hits town ...usually in early August.You'll have to cut and pase this link.....sorry...if you might want more info about the Festival.