Sparks Street Mall
Sparks Street is one of Ottawa's most significant heritage streets. It was founded in the early 1800's by Nicholas Sparks - one of the City Fathers of Ottawa - which at that time was called Bytown. After Queen Victoria selected Ottawa to be the Capital of Canada, Sparks Street became the thriving commercial centre for the Ottawa valley. Please Visit Our Tour of Sparks Street.
The stores on Sparks Street offer the following selection:
- Canadiana Arts and Crafts
- One-of-a-kind boutiques and collectibles
- Travel and Professional services
- Beauty Salons
- Canadian literature and music
- Numerous Restaurants
Located adjacent to Parliament Hill, Sparks Street is the home to the National Press Club. One will regularly see reporters and cameras on the Mall conducting their national political reports. Ottawa tour buses are also stationed on Sparks Street. In the summer you can meet local artisans who are part of the Mall's Outdoor Market program.