Livin’ it up, right in downtown Ottawa
The ByWard Market in downtown Ottawa is a district of Lower Town, bordered on the west by Sussex Drive and Mackenzie Avenue, and on the east by Cumberland Street. It reaches north to Cathcart Street, while to the south it is bordered by the famous Rideau Street. The name comes from the old 'By Ward' of the City of Ottawa (named after engineer Colonel John By). The Market is close to the 300-store Rideau Centre mall and just a short walk to Parliament Hill.
Many choose the Market to call home because of the ease of walking to almost anything desired. You will also see lots of cyclists cruising around downtown Ottawa, and there are dozens of bus routes that flow through the area. A car is not necessary when living in such a great central location.
Renters have plenty of options in the ByWard Market, from rooms or apartments for rent in old houses to luxury condo properties with executive suites featuring stunning views of the Ottawa River, Gatineau Hills and Parliament. Single professionals and students make up most of the population. The area is mainly English-speaking but there is also a significant francophone population. If you’re looking to find places to rent in the Byward Market you may have some difficulty finding cheap apartments. The area is a popular tourist destination and rental prices are steadily rising, especially during the summer time.
Life & Style
The Market is filled with dozens of local farmer stands, artisans and eateries in an indoor/outdoor market on George, York, ByWard and William Streets established in 1826. Its residents and tourists alike enjoy the benefits of over 600 downtown businesses, including shops, restaurants, and arts and entertainment venues. A four-block area in the market provides a wealth of places to dine, as well as bars and nightclubs. Nightlife in the Market is lively, filled with college and university students partying and wandering the streets until 2 or 3 a.m. most nights.
If you’re a fitness buff, huge group yoga classes are held outdoors on Parliament Hill in the summer months, and if exploring beautiful outdoor spaces is more your thing there’s the world-famous Rideau Canal. Runners, boaters, and skaters use the Canal for recreation, but many residents also use it as a route for their commute to work regardless of the season. It’s not unusual to see business people who live in The Glebe taking off their skates downtown and putting on boots to walk the rest of the distance to their offices in the winter months.
Arts and culture are a major focal point of downtown Ottawa, and there is much to see and do at the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of History, and the Canadian War Museum, to name just a few.
The ByWard Market also has a few secluded courtyards paved with cobblestones that the City of Ottawa has cultivated in recent years, for those seeking some quieter moments. These courtyards are filled with flowers, park benches, fountains, and sculptures. Several of the houses surrounding them are beautiful historic stone buildings.