Thursday Doors – June 16th, 2016

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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:


This one needs some TLC but has sooo much potential.

I love the balcony on this one

I love the balcony on this one

The Black-Thorn Cafe was closed for renovations so we couldn’t go in, but what first caught my eye was the nice black and gold sign and trim and how it fit so well against the red brick.DSC_0859

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?


Partly in shadow but facing into the sun I simply couldn’t find a spot to stand where I could avoid lens flares on this shot.

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.


Something tells me salad is not a menu priority at this place.

Thankfully Honey was paying closer attention and pointed out something about the doors that I hadn’t noticed.

My nominee for all-time coolest door handles ever!

My nominee for all-time coolest door handles ever!

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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About Norm 2.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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75 Responses to Thursday Doors – June 16th, 2016

  1. Amy Sampson says:

    I second your nomination for the all-time coolest door handles ever.

    Liked by 1 person

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  3. Prior-2001 says:

    Those are cool door handles! And the balacony shots were fun – the snowy one near the end was my fav- 😉

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  4. Thank you for a very nostalgic trip. It’s nice to see that the Byward Market and the area around it are benefiting from extra care. I last lived in Ottawa over 20 years ago, and rarely been back.

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  5. marianallen says:

    What a wonderful place! Now I’m gonna daydream about living in that area and spending every day wandering in the markets. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Love he green JCB door with he white railings.

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  7. Nato says:

    Interesting collection. Love the brick and black door combo, very classy and bold. The door handle that was low? Hmmmm, very odd indeed. Maybe it’s a kids place or frequented by vertically challenged people? (Isn’t that the politically correct term these days?) And the door handle that was a gas pump….way cool, but yeah, the door itself was less than exciting.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks for joining in this week Michelle. In future the link goes in the link-up list (look for the blue button), not in the comments section.


  8. lifelessons says:

    I love unusual door handles. In my last house before I moved to Mexico, every door handle inside the house was different, formed from redwood branches and burls.. Loved it. My favorite photo here, of course, is the gas pump handle. How fun.

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  9. jesh stg says:

    Love Chez Lucien’s door! If you liked the Tulip festival I hope you’ll get the chance one time to visit Holland’s “Keukenhof” maybe smaller than in Ottawa, but in the Keukenhof you see the newest tulips they have developed.

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  10. bikerchick57 says:

    I love the door handle on the Fatboys restaurant. (Did you know there is a model of Harley-Davidson called Fat Boy?) My favorite door, though, is the last one. It might take extra work with the paint, but it is well worth it. That’s a beautiful door and balcony!

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  11. D. Parker says:

    These a re gorgeous photos, Norm, as always. I want to move into the one with the balcony, I love old timey buildings. Off to share. 🙂
    Hope this week is being good to you so far. 🙂

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  12. Cee Neuner says:

    Hi Norm, your doors are great as always.
    Here is mine. Ordinary doors with a slightly different perspective.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. I love wandering around markets, that one looks fabulous. The balcony in the second photo is gorgeous – love it! Great selection, Norm.

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  14. Fun and great doorscursion! Like the door handle from FatBoys Restaurant; coincidently, there is a FatBoys in Kailua, Oahu but I’m not sure if they are affiliated.,

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  15. Well, let’s try that again. For Notre Dame Door photos from Paris please check out this entry here…

    I am looking forward to sharing a few more installments in coming Thursdays of other doors found throughout Paris.

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  16. During a recent trip to Paris I took some great photos of amazing doors. Installment one can be found here…they focus primarily on the Notre Dame.

    Please check it out and let me know what you think. I can’t wait for the next few thursdays to share the rest with you!

    Thanks Norm 2.0 for your great challenges!


  17. Sue says:

    Was hoping someone could answer the mystery of #18? Maybe if it’s such a fancy pants restaurant, patrons must genuflect before gaining access? Love your tours and including us.

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  18. LindaGHill says:

    As a previous owner of a full-serve gas station (in Ottawa) I can attest that that is a really real gas pump nozzle! Looking forward to getting back there this summer. Gotta watch out for the giant potholes though. 😛 😉

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  19. joey says:

    Wow, you really had a fortunate doorscursion here! I love the ornamental trim on both of them, but whoa on that last balcony! Gorgeous! I love the black and gold sign, too. Really excellent signage. And forget PC, I want to try Fatboys bbq! Love that tulip, love that gas pump handle — Great Post! 😀

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  20. I love doors. If we ever win the lottery we will have an old castle door on our little house 🙂

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  21. Lynn says:

    Oh, how I love wandering around the Byward Market! Such an eclectic neighbourhood & they have Beaver Tails!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks for joining us. In future as long as your post is added to the link-up list you don’t need to add the link in the comments section as well. The link-up list is where everyone goes to see all the posts in one place – cheers 🙂


  22. pommepal says:

    I love markets and would definitely like to wander around this one. I’m always amazed at the variety of doors you show us Norm. I only have one this week but embedded in a rather memorable meal we had.

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  23. GP Cox says:

    Great post, Norm. I’ve really become a fan of the door series, thanks to Dan Antion, our mutual friend.

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  24. dimlamp says:

    Interesting collection, I especially the penultimate green door.

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  25. I love the set of green doors, Norm, and the pump handles on Fat Boys. As for the latter being politically incorrect, we have a chain of restaurants called Potbellys and they seem to do very well. Just attention-getting rather than non-PC, I think.


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  26. Ruth says:

    That gas pump handle is an awesome piece of repurposing – and practical, too! 🙂

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  27. These are all beautiful, but I especially like the cream colored double doors with the balconies. 🙂

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  28. reocochran says:

    I like market places, wish I could go there! 🙂 The “Lucien” door was my favorite and the tulip art piece charming, Norm. Happy Thursday’s Doors and have a wonderful weekend, too!

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  29. Dan Antion says:

    You captured a bunch of my favorite things today, in your opening trifecta, Norm. Doors set into the corner of a building. Old wooden doors. Mission style doors (and in this case, and old wooden, Mission style door, set into the corner). I’m also liking the black double doors and the door with the gas pump handle. And, thanks for adding the Tulip statue – those are so cool. I love how the people we travel with are noticing doors 🙂

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  30. joannesisco says:

    There is so much to like in here, Norm. I like it all from the tulip statue to the 3-door special of the Black Thorn Cafe.
    If forced to pick a favourite, I’d be choosing the last set of green doors with the intricate lacey balcony. Not to be outdone by the balcony, the front doors have a lot of intricate style of their own. It’s an odd choice for me considering that in my own life, I tend to lean towards clean, simple lines.
    You keep adding to the reasons of why I need to return to Ottawa for a visit. I haven’t been there since “before children”.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Joanne. I’ve been rediscovering Ottawa myself recently. We’ve been a few times in the past year, partly because it’s relatively close and partly to visit family as well.

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  31. I love the Black Thorn Cafe and No. 18, despite the flares. They say they are little angels anyway. 🙂

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  32. tgeriatrix says:

    I am Back from holiday and brought back lots of nice pictures – specially doors! Hope you like my choice for this week:

    Liked by 1 person

    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks for joining us. Don’t forget to add your post to the link-up list – look for the blue button in my post. That’s where everyone goes to see all the posts in one place 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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