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ByWard Market Tours

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ByWard Market
Ottawa’s historic food-focused ByWard Market houses hundreds of vendors hawking farm-raised meat, fresh produce, and arts and crafts. Hungry visitors and locals alike flock to this social and shopping hub, where takeout vendors sell ready-to-eat goodies and sit-down eateries offer prime seats for patrons to take in all the market action.
 
The Basics
ByWard Market has served as a key gathering place and shopping market in Canada’s capital since 1849. Today the historic buildings and open-air marketplace are home to over 260 stands and 600 businesses comprising food stalls, specialty boutiques, eateries, and more. While you can see the market in passing during some sightseeing tours—along with other Ottawa attractions such as the Rideau Canal and Parliament Hill—to experience it at its best, you need to go inside and explore properly. Take a food or wine tour of the city, during which tour guides show you around the market and introduce you to some of the best bites, food purveyors, and local restaurants in the city.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • From May through Labor Day (the first Monday of September), ByWard Market Ambassadors are on-hand to provide additional information about the market.
  • The market has both indoor and outdoor sections.
  • Much of the market and its businesses are accessible to wheelchair users.
  
How to Get There
ByWard Market encompasses an area of around four blocks, bordered by Rideau Street to the south, Cathcart Street to the north, Cumberland Street to the east, and Sussex Drive to the west. The main brick market building stands between George and York Streets. Numerous local bus routes stop on Rideau Street. On-street parking as well as parking garages are available nearby.
 
When to Get There
To see the market at its biggest and busiest, go on a summer weekend. It expands during warmer weather, as stalls spill out onto the surrounding streets. Go early to nab the best produce. Opening hours vary from business to business, with most shops opening from early morning to late afternoon, while bars stay open later.
 
BeaverTails at ByWard Market
Perhaps the most famous snack to be served at ByWard are BeaverTails. This Canadian pastry—which consists of fried dough shaped like a beaver’s tail, topped with cinnamon and sugar—originated here in Ontario and is a much-loved local specialty. Even former US President Barack Obama stopped to buy one during an Ottawa visit in 2009.
Address: 298 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa K1N 1B4, Canada
Hours: Open daily
Admission: Free
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ByWard Market Lunch Tasting Experience

ByWard Market Lunch Tasting Experience

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**COVID-19 UPDATE: This tour requires a 2-person minimum booking and is a 2-bubble* only experience: Your guide will walk you through the streets of the ByWard Market and stop at various local-loved eateries where the house's specialty will be served to you as you learn about the city's rich history. Also known as the "International Tour" because of the diversity of authentic food offered, this 2.5 to 3-hour tour offers you a taste of the city's diverse roots and passion for food. This tour includes a stop to sample the world-famous BeaverTail (R) from the original location. Dietary restrictions and special needs must be communicated ahead of time - please indicate restrictions in the SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS field at the CHECKOUT of your ticket purchase. *Tours are restricted to people from the same household and up to 1 other household.
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are ByWard Market hours of operation?
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ByWard Market hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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