By Ward Market
Laid out by Lieutenant Colonel John By in 1826 (who also built the Rideau Canal – busy man), the ByWard Market is a good central location to begin your time in Ottawa. There are quirky shops, souvenirs, and plenty of places to find tasty snacks – why not try a ‘BeaverTail’, a large fried pastry covered in your choice of sweet topping, or say goodbye to your teeth by overdosing on the numerous maplecovered delights on offer. There are also various stands selling local produce and arts and crafts goods. Plus, once you’ve finished exploring the market itself, there are plenty of pubs, cafes, and restaurants surrounding it to keep you entertained well into the evening.