The oldest food market in Ottawa — and one of the oldest in Canada — is the historic Byward Market, established in 1826 by Lt-Col. John By. But it’s just one of about a dozen markets in urban and suburban Ottawa, including the historic Parkdale Market (established 1927) and the relatively new Ottawa Farmers’ Market at Lansdowne Park. (Additions or corrections? Let us know!)
- Byward Market
The entire area immediately east of Sussex and north of Rideau is now known as “The Byward Market”, a name that dates back to the historic food market that was established by Lt-Col. John By in 1826. You’ll still find fresh fruits, vegetables, crafts and other vendors in one of Ottawa’s most historic neighbourhoods. All year round.
- Ottawa Farmers’ Market (Lansdowne Park)
Back at Lansdowne Park in Aberdeen Square every Sundays from 9am-4pm, the Ottawa Farmers’ Market showcases local farmers, small-batch artisan producers and artists who grow, raise and make their own food, arts and crafts. All summer long.
- Ottawa Organic Farmers Market
At the Canada Care Building (Bank Street at Heron Road, behind Canadian Tire). Open Saturdays 10am-2pm, all year long.
- Parkdale Market
At the corner of Parkdale and Wellington in Hintonburg. This market was established in 1924 and is run by the City of Ottawa. Features fresh fruit and vegetables and flowers. Open 6am-6pm, 7 days a week. Open until November 3, 2016.
- Beechwood Farmers’ Market (Vanier / New Edinburgh)
Operates at Marche St Charles (131 Barrette Street). Open Saturdays, 9am-2pm starting July 4.
- Main Farmers’ Market
Formerly at Saint Paul University, now it’s at Museum of Nature on Metcalfe Street. Open Saturdays from 9am-2pm, starting May 7.
- Westboro Farmers Market
Located in the Byron Linear Park bordered by Golden, Bryon, Richmond and Broadview Avenues, the site can host up to 76 vendors. Open Saturdays, 9:30am-3:00pm. May 14-October 29, 2016.
- Preston Street Farmers’ Market
Dates & times tbd.
Suburban & rural markets
- Almonte Farmers’ Market
In the parking lot of the Almonte Public Library (beside the Beer Store) . Open Saturdays 8:30am-12:30pm from May 21, to Thanksgiving in October, 2016.
- Carleton Place Farmers’ Market
At Market Square (Beckwith @ Lake Avenue), open Saturdays, 8:30am-12:30pm starting May 14, 2016.
- Carp Farmers’ Market
At the Carp Fairgrounds, about 10km from the Carp Road exit on the 417. Open Saturdays from 8am-1pm, with market season from May to October 2016.
- Cumberland Farmers’ Market
Located at the R.J. Kennedy Community Centre, 1115 Dunning Road (Cumberland Arena), between Orleans and Rockland. Open Saturdays, 8am-1pm starting June 11, 2016 until Thanksgiving.
- Kanata Farmers’ Market
420 Hazeldean Road, in the parking lot in front of Shoppers Drug Mart. 8am-3pm, May 7-October 29, 2016.
- Kemptville Kinsmen Farmers’ Market
In Riverside Park in Kemptville, south of Ottawa. Sundays: 12pm-4pm, May 15-Oct 230. Wednesdays: 5pm-9pm, July 3-Aug 28.
- Manotick Farmers’ Market
Every Saturday morning from 9am-2pm, starting in late June at Watson’s Mill. Saturdays from 9am-2pm, June 11-October 1, 2016.
- Metcalfe Farmers Market
At the Metcalfe Fairgrounds, southeast of the city. Open Saturdays 9am-1pm, starting May 7, 2016 til October 15.
- Millers Farm & Market (Manotick)
Open year-round at 6158 Rideau Valley Drive, just South of Manotick Village. Open daily with extended summer hours. (Call ahead during the winter.)
- North Gower Farmers’ Market
At 2397 Roger Stevens Drive, just west of North Gower. Look for the big red barn. Open Saturdays, 8:30am-1pm, from May until October.
Gatineau / Outaouais Markets
- Old Chelsea Market
212 Old Chelsea Rd (grounds at St. Stephen’s Church). Open Saturdays from 9am-2pm. May 21 – October 15, 2016.
- The Old Aylmer Market (Marché Vieux Aylmer). Open every Sunday from 10:00 to 15:00. (dates & times tbd for 2016) It is located in the Commemorative Park at the corner of Eardly and Principale Street in Aylmer. You will find a variety of quality artisans, food and vegetable producers in a true market ambiance.
- Wakefield Market
831 Riverside Road.Dates tbd for 2016.
- Pontiac Market (Shawville)
At the Shawville Fairgrounds.Dates tbd for 2016.
- Petite-Nation Market (Lac Simon)
477, Route 321, Lac Simon.Dates tbd for 2016.