Established by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets. The legendary builder of the Rideau Canal, Colonel By himself laid out the street plan of the Market, designating George Street and York Street to be extra wide to accommodate the creation of a public market and gathering place. Within an area roughly four blocks square, you’ll find museums, cafés, specialty food shops, boutiques, galleries, hotels, restaurants, pubs, and more! The ByWard Market offers a unique experience for all. The ByWard Market is easily accessible by bike from the Rideau Canal bicycle path or coming from the Outaouais. Many bicycle racks can be found throughout the area, with the main corral(s) being installed on ByWard St., at the intersection of York St. during the summer – one of which is covered. Tourism & cycling information, first aid kit and basic bike repair kit can be found at the ByWard Market Information Kiosk, located on the first floor of the Market building (55 ByWard Market Square). In the summer, an additional info booth can be found at the Demo Corner, an outdoor stand in front of the Market building.