"Sparks Street" Sparks Street Tip by Carmanah

Sparks Street, Ottawa: 8 reviews and 15 photos

  Sparks & Metcalfe - looking west down Sparks
by Carmanah

Sparks Street is a pedestrian-only street located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, literally one block away from the Parliament Building. The street spans east-west and is home to a great assortment of restaurants, pubs, clothing stores, music shops, souvenir shops, and offices.

I spent a few afternoons strolling Sparks Street. I found that the restaurants and pubs would fence off a section of the street and would open up their patio there. These central-sidewalk pubs would be popular to the local office workers, likely federal employees, who were there to enjoy a lunchtime beer.

During the weekdays in May, Sparks street was kind of quiet, although it became more lively on sunny days and weekends.

I was in Ottawa during their annual tulip festival, and on some days they had sectioned off a part of Sparks Street for a petting zoo and a pony ride! And apparently during Canada Day, Sparks Street is blocked off for a street-wide party that lasts all night!

In any case, if you're wanting to visit a unique downtown street where you can grab a beer and do a bit of shopping, Sparks Street's the place.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 29, 2003
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