The ByWard Market, Ottawa

July 22, 2011

The ByWard Market, or Marché By in French, was founded in 1827 by Colonel By of the Royal Engineers, who supervised the building of the Rideau Canal connecting Ottawa to the Saint Lawrence River. It is located in the district around the Notre Dame Cathedral, the traditional center of French and Irish life in Ottawa. Linda and I visited it on July 22, 2011.

This photo was made about 1860.

This photo was made about 1911. (Both photos are coutesy of Wikipedia.) 

There is now an enclosed market building, on the right (East) side with various stands for crafts and fast food. The farmer’s market, in good weather, is located in the open area next to it to the left. There are also butcher, fish, cheese, baker etc shops along the left side of the square.

This photo was made by me on July 22, 2011.

Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, is located on the border of Ontario and Québec. The growers and customers at the ByWard Market come from both sides; both languages are heard. The market area has many restaurants, bars etc and is animated at night as well as during the market hours. The fresh produce on this day in late July was top quality.

It is the season for sweet corn, always best if just picked.

Zucchini are both green and yellow; beets are both yellow and red.

Cherries, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.

I could not get good photos in the butcher or fish shops, although the displays were inviting. I did find one window with two fresh ducks and duck paté. There were also whole foies gras from Québec.

The region has good small cheesemakers in both provinces.

There were plenty of fresh cut flowers, as well as plants for sale.

All the plants you would need to start an extensive herb garden.

Many kinds of maple products.

The pastry shop had a wide selection.

Beaver tails are a flat, fried dough Canadian treat.



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