A shopping extravaganza in the nation's capital
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Tuesday, 30 April 2013 05:33
Travellers planning a trip to Ottawa who have a penchant for good shopping will need to leave plenty of time aside to visit the city's variety of attractions. As the spring and summer months begin to take hold, the downtown area becomes more alive with thrifty shoppers and tourists with other objectives, including the simple enjoyment of Canada’s capital region in sunny weather.
From the ByWard Market neighbourhood to The Glebe and a variety of other shops on smaller streets, visitors will have no shortage of options when it comes to looking for the perfect gifts, keepsakes, clothing and much more.
Located within a short walk of Ottawa's downtown area, The Glebe district is a hub for all types of stores, and is arguably home to an even greater variety of specialty shops than the famous ByWard Market neighbourhood. It is a bustling locale filled with residents and tourists who want to shop until they drop.
Visitors can take a short walk under the Queensway (Highway 417) from downtown to discover the large area, which is also home to more than 11,000 permanent residents, while the Rideau Canal and Bronson Avenue serve as its other borders.
Lovers of beautiful architecture will be treated to several historic churches, such as the Glebe-St. James Church, which also hosts a concert series in the spring and summer months. Several schools and countless eateries call The Glebe home, giving travellers an opportunity to satiate their hankering for everything from Lebanese to Mexican and Italian food.
Events, specialty stores and much more
For those travellers who did not get enough of the shopping experience from The Glebe, the ByWard Market area is located downtown, and remains one of the largest and oldest public markets in Canada. The ByWard Market has a variety of food shops, museums, cafes, boutiques, restaurants, galleries and much more, while it hosts a seemingly endless stream of public events throughout the year.
This area is located between George Street and Murray Street, from Sussex Drive west to Cumberland Street (and along Dalhousie Street north to Boteler Street. It is accessible by foot, bicycle, car or public transportation.