One of Ottawa’s oldest streets, Sparks Street parallels Wellington Street just one block north within the old commercial area of the city that borders Parliament. In fact, the street was carved out of the wilderness in the early 1800’s by a city founder, Nicholas Sparks. Mirroring progress around the world, Ottawa grew outwards, resulting in the decline of downtown. To rekindle a spark of activity, Sparks Street was closed to vehicles and turned into the first permanent outdoor pedestrian mall in North America. It worked. Today Ottawa loves their ‘linear town square’, suburbanites head to Sparks for the best boutique shopping, tourists flock to this vibrant destination, and lunches galore are served while patrons of the many dining establishments along Sparks enjoy people watching. This is, after all, a government town where the country’s Who’s-Who live, work and play, and Sparks Street is only a stone’s throw from the Hill. A full roster of events and activities keeps Sparks Street lively throughout the year. Who doesn’t like french fries? Smothered in cheese Quebec-style, the ubiquitous side dish comes to the fore at Poutine Fest on Sparks Street April 28th to May 1st – just one of the many events just out the front door for those who will live at ReResidences.