Downtown Ottawa Living

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  • June 28, 2017

There was a time when the Nation’s Capital had a staid reputation due to its traditional position as the seat of government power and privilege, but contemporary urban living has burst onto the scene.

Just over the bridge from downtown, the vibrant ByWard Market is a good example of everything trendy and cosmopolitan, Ottawa-style.  Founded in 1826 beside the Ottawa River, ByWard Market is among Canada’s oldest public markets, and includes both a year round indoor market and seasonal outdoor market with open-air stalls operating in the warmer months, selling fresh flowers and produce from all over Canada. Filled with historical monuments, eclectic shops, clothing stores, restaurants and cafes, ByWard Market is a major attraction. Within the surrounding four blocks is the highest concentration of eateries, bars and nightclubs in the National Capital Region. Originally settled by Ottawa’s French and Irish, the community celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day in a big way with parades, fireworks and parties all around the Irish Village.

Not far from the ByWard Market, as you head towards the Parliament District and Sparks Street, is the Rideau Centre. This enclosed mall has restaurants, cafes and shopping for all ages.

Iconic Sparks Street is a uniquely desirable place to live, work and play. Known as Downtown Ottawa’s linear ‘Town Square’, here is the place to be, see and be seen in Canada’s Capital City. Literally on the doorstep of reResidences, Sparks Street has been the centre of the action throughout Ottawa’s history and it shows on the heritage architecture, as well as the concentration of excellent eateries and fine restaurants, museums, shops, boutiques, events and Ottawa’s largest annual festivals. Closed to traffic in the 1960’s, the Sparks Street Mall was Canada’s very first permanent outdoor pedestrian mall. Now, Sparks Street is filled with people of all ages, both locals and tourists, shopping and eating at this fabulous location that boasts many outdoor restaurants. Large fountains, statues and historical monuments dot the mall. Ottawa saw over 2 million hotel room nights sold in 2016, and the majority of those visitors included a trip down Sparks Street Mall in their itinerary. According to Ottawa Tourism, both Lonely Planet and The New York Times named Canada the #1 Place to visit in 2017. With Ottawa the country’s sesquicentennial capital, the world is coming here.

Who would not want to live in Canada’s Capital City and walk around these charming historic neighbourhoods, with endless entertainment and everyday necessities at your fingertips. reResidences offers you this unique opportunity every single day.