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A Stroll Around ByWard Market – Ottawa
Historically speaking the ByWard Market area of Ottawa has played an integral part in the economic and political development of what eventually became our nation’s capitol.
Established in 1826 by Lt-Col. John By, the man in charge of building the Rideau Canal, it is not only one Canada’s largest and oldest markets but a major tourist attraction in the capitol region.
On a typical summer weekend they say that as many as 50,000 people visit the market.
Today this historic neighbourhood which borders Parliament Hill, contains an eclectic mix of residential streets, bars, restaurants and shops, as well as both indoor and open-air markets.
We took some time while there a few weeks ago for the tulip festival to stroll the streets of the neighbourhood looking for interesting architecture, and yes of course; doors 🙂
Here are a few of the my favourite finds:
I loved the clean lines of this door to an haute cuisine, fancy-pants restaurant in an old stone building – I just couldn’t think of any reason for the handle to be set so low in the door except perhaps for wheel-chair access – which doesn’t make sense either because of the step just below the door – who knows?
At first I walked right past FatBoys Bar-B-Que because…well politically incorrect much? Plus the plain steel door didn’t really impress me.
Thankfully Honey was paying closer attention and pointed out something about the doors that I hadn’t noticed.
The moral of the story? It pays to bring along an assistant on doorscursions 🙂
This one is from a previous visit in late winter (yes that’s a bit of snow on the upper balcony) – I was looking for an excuse to throw it into a post somewhere because…ooh goodness, the detail work on all of that decorative trim!
So long as I’m not the one who has to repaint it every few years 😉
And the door is kinda pretty too.
Naturally during tulip season the shops in the market get into the spirit as well.
If you ever visit Canada’s capitol, I’d suggest that an afternoon walking tour of historic ByWard Market is a must.
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