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Outdoor Vending

Established by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, Byward Market is one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets.

Outdoor vendors are an integral part of the ByWard Market experience.  Unlike some other market experiences, you'll find ByWard Market vendors outside, no matter the weather, 363 days per year (closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day)!

Typically, agri-food vendors are open from May to October from 7:00 a.m. and remain open until 6:00 p.m.  Bad weather will rarely stop them from selling.  Art and craft vendors usually operate from mid-May to mid-September and start at 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 or 9:00 p.m.

Produce Availability

What's on the menu?  See below to find out what type of produce is available on the ByWard Market at various times of the year.  It should be noted that these dates are approximations.  The actual availability may vary from year to year, depending on the weather conditions.  Contact Markets Management for up-to-date information. 613-244-4410.

Click here for the produce availability list

How to tell if it's from a local farm? Look for the Savour Ottawa logo. It identifies food grown or raised near Ottawa.


ByWard Market is looking for interested agri-food vendors.

The ByWard Market now has stands available and is seeking top quality, local growers and producers. Canopy frames will keep vendors protected from sun and rain.

ByWard Market will provide growers and producers of local products a dynamic venue to see their produce.

If you are interested in learning more about vending opportunities, contact us at:                                                             

City of Ottawa Markets Management
By-law & Regularoty Services
55 ByWard Market Square
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9C3
Hours of Operation

The Markets Management office, located at 55 ByWard Market Square is open 363 days per year (closed on Christmas and New Year's Day).

The hours vary with the season, but are open a minimum of the hours listed below.  For exact off-season times, please contact Markets Management. 613-244-4410.

January 1st - April 30th                                                             8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
May 1st - Thanksgiving weekend                                           6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
From Thanksgiving - December 31st                                   8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Become an Outdoor Vendor Today!

Throughout the year, vendors selling a variety of items ranging from purple cauliflower to artwork made out of sand & banana tree leaves, including Christmas wreaths and centerpieces, make their way to the ByWard Market to display their products.  If you have a unique item that you think would be successful please read on.

There are three (3) categories of products that can be sold on the ByWard Market: art and crafts, agri-food, and refreshments.  For each of these categories, the Markets By-law 2008-449 specifies what types of products can be sold, as well as the criterion that needs to be met.

Art and Craft 

Markets By-law 2008-449 defines "art and craft" as "handmade goods produced or created from raw or basic materials which are changed into a significantly different shape, design, form or function using a special skill or manual art".

For more information on the application requirements for Art and Craft products, click here.


Vendors may apply to sell agri-food products (fruits, vegetables, plants, roots, seeds, cereal and cereal products, mushrooms, eggs, fish, meat, poultry, game, dairy products, honey products, maple products, horticultural and flori-cultural products), trees, shrubs, sod, soil, firewood, Christmas trees, boughs, wreaths, garlands and decorations.

For more information on the application requirements for agri-food products, click here.

Insurance Requirements (available shortly)

For more information on contracts, stand fees and maps of stand locations, vendor parking and standholders association you may contact Markets Management at:

City of Ottawa Markets Management
By-law Regularoty Services
55 ByWard Market Square
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9C3
Tel.: 613-244-4410
Fax.: 613-244-4416

Pictures on this page courtesy of Crombie McNeill