ByWard Market has more than 600 businesses, many of which recently reopened during Stage 2 of easing COVID-19 restrictions, including food retailers, restaurant patios, cafes and specialty boutiques. Many will be open for Canada Day, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. We encourage the public to check individual business hours.

Enjoy your shopping and day off with friends and family in the historic ByWard Market with COVID-19 physical distancing measures in place:

  • Free OC Transpo service (including LRT) all dayCustomers are now required to wear cloth masks when entering buses, trains, stations and Para Transpo minibuses and contracted taxis
  • ByWard Market Farmers’ Market in ByWard Market Square will be open with limited vendors from 9am-5pm
  • Take a self-guided historic walking tour of the ByWard Market with friends and family:
    – Starting point: Info kiosk by the OTTAWA sign on York at Sussex
    – Tour lasts approximately one hour. Wear comfortable shoes and take yourself through the ByWard Market delving deeper into the neighbourhood’s history including the Bytown days 
    Notable stops include:
    – Millennium Fountain
    – Jeanne d’Arc Courtyard
    – Clarendon Courtyard
    – ByWard Market Building
    – Stoney Monday Riots
    – York Street & Dalhousie
    – York Street East & Cundell Stables & Art Cubes
    – North Dalhousie Mural
    – Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital
    – Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica 
    – Peacekeeping Monument & National Gallery of Canada
    – Beaux-Arts Courtyard
    – Tin Roof Courtyard
  • Family-fun with gelato at Piccolo Grande and Mantovani 1946 on Murray Street, BeaverTails, a picnic lunch at Major’s Hill Park/surrounding parks and chalk art at William Square
  • Enjoy your favourite patios throughout the ByWard Market now open for the summer