The heart and soul of downtown Ottawa.
There’s no shortage of options along
Located near the city’s main attractions, world-famous Parliament Hill and Byward Market, Rideau Street has the oldest and richest history of anywhere else in Ottawa, dating back to the first settlement in 1826. Officially designated as Ottawa’s Arts, Fashion, and Theatre district, it has spectacularly transformed into the pulse of the city keeping the good vibes going day and night. Today, it continues to keep Ottawa alive with endless shopping, dining, arts and culture, and entertainment experiences for all ages.
Aside from the fascinating historical landmarks to explore, there’s something for everyone along Rideau Street whether you’re planning a fun-filled day trip or a high-spirited night out. From world-class shopping to fine dining restaurants to mom & pop shops to hidden gems, this must-experience area is home to 600+ thriving businesses that help make it all possible. Check out our Business Directory to find your new favourite place.
From its strong beginnings as the primary commercial area in the city to the development of the latest hotel and retail attractions, Rideau Street has an incredible history.
The Department Store Era
The 60’s and 70’s
Rideau Area Project
Redevelopment of The Shaw Centre
Rideau Centre Revitalization and Expansion
Introduction of Light Rail Transit
National Arts Centre Revitalization & Expansion
Development of Hôtel Le Germain Ottawa and ArtHaus
Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment
Looking for points of interest, historical landmarks or must-sees?
Use the map below to plan your upcoming trip to Downtown Rideau.