Ottawa's ByWard Market

The walk will explore the history, delights, and current challenges to Ottawa’s well-loved By Ward Market. It will pose questions about the prospects for recovery from the devastating William St fire of April 12,2019, the City of Ottawa’s By Ward Market rejuvenation strategy, the decline of the outdoor Farmer’s Market, the future of the York street plaza, and the impact of the new Rideau LRT Station opening soon.



We will meet in front of the south entrance to the By Ward Market Building.  From there, the route will take us south on William St. to the LRT station; back north on By Ward to York, past the fire damaged  William St. buildings.  We'll return to the Market Building south entrance where we started (see illustration).

About the walk leader

About the walk leader: 
Barry Padolsky is an Ottawa-based architect, urban designer, and heritage consultant. His firm has carried out more than fifty restoration and adaptive re-use projects on heritage buildings in the National Capital. Examples in Ottawa include the Canadian Museum of Nature, the ByWard Market Building, and landmark bridges such as the Bank Street Bridge over the Rideau Canal. The firm has won 43 architectural awards including 29 for heritage conservation. Barry is a tireless advocate for the conservation of our built heritage, and is currently a member of the City of Ottawa Built Heritage sub-committee.

Selected projects are described online at


Barry Padolsky

Date:Sat May 4, 2019
Time:11:00 AM
Duration: 1 hour
Language: English
Start:ByWard Market Building, \n South Entrance
Area:Byward Market
Distance:2.0 kms

The walk will follow city sidewalks. 

ByWard Market Walk 2010.  Barry is in the middle (white hat, black shirt). Route of ByWard Market walk, 2019. ByWard Market Building, originally built in 1927, renovated and adapted 1998.  Photo:  Barry Padolsky Architects Mercury Court at Dalhousie & George Sts , formerly Larocque's Dept Store ByWard Market, c. 1910 Barry Padolsky
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