Byward / By Ward Market
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Bytown the Terrible 
Lowertown was predominantly Irish and French. The French Canadians of Lowertown 
were mostly lumbermen who had been working for Philemon Wright in Hull and who had supplied 
the Rideau Canal works with wood and related materials. This made Lowertown a mainly Roman 
Catholic area, while Uppertown was mostly Protestant.
As people were competing for jobs, old animosities were revived. The French Canadians, 
who remembered the still-recent defeat of 1760 (je me souviens), and the Irish, 
fresh off the British conquest of their country, became arch-rivals with the Englishmen 
of Uppertown, who were better educated and wealthier. Another major source of resentment 
were the living conditions in Lowertown, which contrasted enormously with the ones in 
Uppertown. Lowertown was mostly shanties, whereas Uppertown was starting to have some 
elegant mansions.

The above quotation comes from an interesting article by the Bytown Business Improvement Area.

March 5, 2002: Thank you for contacting the National Capital Commission (NCC). The publication you are inquiring about is available at the NCC library. Since you are interested in obtaining a copy of chapter 6, we can photocopy it and send it to you by mail. Should you wish to pick up a copy, we invite you to visit our library. It is located at 40 Elgin St on the second floor. It is open to the public. The hours of operation are 8:00 am to 4:30 am Monday to Friday, closed 12:00 to 12:30 PM for lunch. We hope the information provided is helpful. If you have further questions or require clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us again, by e-mail at or by phone at (613)239-5555 (Monday to Friday). Information Services National Capital Commission -----Original Message----- From: Al Lewis [] Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2002 3:59 PM To: Subject: NCC Publication Hello: I'm trying to obtain a copy of a publication or article produced by the NCC called "Lower Town Ottawa". It was written by Michael Newton "in National Capital Commission, Ottawa, 1979, Vol. 1, Ch. 6". Can you please tell me how I can obtain a copy of this please. Thanks, ... Al Lewis Ottawa _______________________________ March 22, 2008: This article is listed on our bibliography page. ... Al
May 12, 2008: Present day Byward Market web site.

November 21, 2009:
Source for text and photo immediately below is National Capital Heritage, published by the National Capital Commission, undated, no ISBN
A short distance to the north, along Sussex Drive, is historic Notre Dame Cathedral. See The Mile of History / Le mille historique, by Dr. Lucien Brault, 1981 (2nd edition), published by The National Capital Commission, bilingual. (The history of the route from Barrack's Hill, along Sussex Drive to Government House)
January 16, 2011:
Source for text and photo immediately below is From Ottawa With Love: Glimpses of Canada's Capital through Early Picture Postcards by Peter Hessel, published by the National Capital Commission, 1979, ISBN 0-660-50412-X, page 80
York Street, Byward Market, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Keywords: Joseph Grant, Provost and Allard, Wholesale Grocers, York Street.

October 16, 2013: Hot off the Press! Don't miss the 4th Annual ByWard Market Oktoberfest from Friday Oct. 18 - Sunday Oct. 20! Live music and dancing, family entertainment, concerts in the evening, and it's all FREE! (Beer & Brats extra) Katherine Solomon Communications and Special Events Coordinator | Coordonnatrice d’événements spéciaux et de communications ByWard Market Business Improvement Area | Zone d’amélioration commerciale du marché By 55 ByWard Market Square 2nd Floor Ottawa, ON K1N 9C3 / T: 613-562-3325 F: 613-562-3326
Oktoberfest in the Byward Market, 2013, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

January 15, 2014: Good afternoon, The ByWard Market is bringing back snow sculptures to Winterlude! It's very exciting to have this beloved winter activity brought to the the very heart of the city. Please find the attached news release concerning our call for artists to participate in the program, and feel free to contact our office if you have any questions at all. It would be my pleasure to be of assistance. Many thanks, Katherine Come to the 23rd Annual Winterlude Stew Cook-Off on Friday February 7! Don't miss the Snow Sculptures, which will be placed throughout the ByWard Market for the entire Winterlude activities! Check out our website for the most up-to-date details. Katherine Solomon Communications and Special Events Coordinator | Coordonnatrice d’événements spéciaux et de communications ByWard Market Business Improvement Area | Zone d’amélioration commerciale du marché By 55 ByWard Market Square 2nd Floor Ottawa, ON K1N 9C3 / T: 613-562-3325 F: 613-562-3326 Shop Taste Live Experience the ByWard Market Magasinez Goutez Vivez L'expérience du marché By
February 7, 2014: Good afternoon! February 5, 2014 For Immediate Release Media Advisory - ByWard Market, Ottawa
The ByWard Market’s 23rd Annual Stew Cook-Off - The best lunch in town!
Dozens of the ByWard Market’s finest restaurants will gather to compete in the ByWard Market’s 23rd Annual Stew Cook-Off on Friday, February 7, 2014, between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. For just $10 – a price that hasn’t changed in almost ten years – the public can enjoy all-you-can-eat stew, with all proceeds being donated to the Lowertown Community Resource Centre's youth summer camp programs. Judge's Choice Awards will be announced at the end of the event, with the People's Choice Awards being announced on our website and social media later that evening. WHAT: 23rd Annual Stew Cook-Off WHEN: Friday February 7 2014, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Outside - South end of ByWard Market Building at George & ByWard WHO: Open to everyone – cost is $10/person at the door WHY: To raise money for the Lowertown Community Resource Centre Celebrity judges include: Gay Cook, Food Critic & Author Pierre Jury, Le Droit Police Chief, Charles Bordeleau Inniskillin Head Winetaster, Bruce Nicholson Trevor Greenway, Metro News New for 2014: take in the works of local artisans in the arts & crafts tent in the heart of the ByWard Market from February 8-9! The ByWard Market Blizzard: A Flurry of Activity will last until Monday February 17. Free family programming every weekend until then, with complimentary wagon rides at the corner of York and William streets from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Join us at the mezzanine of 55 ByWard Market Square with the interactive puppets of Rock the Arts, and relax in the Family Warm-up zone with face painting and colouring! More information available at Media Contact: For further information, please contact: Katherine Solomon Communications and Special Events Coordinator ByWard Market BIA 613-562-3325
October 10, 2014: The ByWard Market Harvest is almost here, and we are so excited! In case you missed it, we have Celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford and Master Gardener Ed Lawrence joining us over the weekend. Don’t want to miss them? Admission is free, so you really don’t have an excuse not to come down and check it out.
Byward Market, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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