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Shopping in Ottawa runs the gamut from bustling markets to sleek department stores. ByWard Market, a colorful shopping district established in the 1820s, has been preserved as a reminder of Ottawa's urban past. Farmers, fishermen, artisans and cooks congregate at the market, one block north of Rideau Street and east of Sussex Drive on Murray, Clarence, York and George streets, to sell a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, meat, cheese, maple products, pastries, handmade crafts and Canadian artwork.

Also in the heart of downtown, one block south of Parliament Hill, Sparks Street Mall is a pedestrian-only area with a good range of small shops in interesting old buildings and entertainment from street performers.

Interesting boutiques specializing in china, furs, antiques, second-hand books, clothing and crafts are along the Bank Street Promenade which runs for several blocks downtown. McIntosh and Watts, Ltd. specializes in china and glassware; five branch stores are within the Ottawa area. And don't miss the boutique at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Stables at the north end of St. Laurent Boulevard.

Place de Ville, 320 Queen St., is an underground arcade connecting the Crowne Plaza and Radisson hotels. Another downtown shopping center is L'Esplanade Laurier, 181 Bank St., with boutiques, restaurants and craft shops in the lower level of an office complex. World Exchange Plaza, two blocks from the Parliament buildings, offers a variety of shops and boutiques, movie theaters and restaurants.

The Bayshore Shopping Centre, on Bayshore Drive at the Queensway/Richmond Road interchange; Place d'Orleans, on Place d'Orleans Drive just off Hwy. 174 in Orleans; and St. Laurent Shopping Centre, on the Queensway at St. Laurent Boulevard, are Ottawa's three largest shopping malls. The Tanger Outlets Ottawa facility, on Highway 417 at Palladium Drive, Kanata, in the west end of the city, hosts more than 75 big names.

The Rideau Centre, a bright, modern four-story mall in downtown Ottawa, offers a hotel, movie theater, dining hall and more than 200 shops, including a first-to-market Nordstrom and a Simons department store.

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Ottawa, ON

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Travel Information

City Population



87 m/285 ft.

Sales Tax

Ontario's Harmonized Sales Tax is 13 percent.



Police (non-emergency)

(613) 236-1222

Fire (non-emergency)

(613) 580-2860


(613) 998-3439

Road Conditions

511 or (800) 268-4686.


Montfort Hospital, (613) 746-4621; The Ottawa Hospital-Civic Campus, (613) 722-7000; The Ottawa Hospital-General Campus, (613) 772-7000.

Visitor Information

90 Wellington St. Ottawa, ON K1P 5L1. Phone:(613)237-5150 or (844)878-8333

Air Travel

Ottawa International Airport

Rental Cars

Hertz, (613) 521-3332 or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members. For a complete list of rental agencies consult the telephone directory.

Rail Service

Via Rail's terminal, 200 Tremblay Rd. off Queensway (Hwy. 417), can be reached by city buses from Confederation Square. The station at 3347 Fallowfield Rd. can be reached by downtown bus 95; phone (888) 842-7245.


City buses run by OC Transpo operate from Ottawa Central Station, is at 265 Catherine St.; phone (613) 238-6668.


Cabs operate on the meter system, with a minimum charge of $3.85 plus $1.72 for each additional kilometre. In excess of four passengers and asking the driver to load and unload baggage costs extra.

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