Canada’s keen on a farmers market, but if you want true heritage head to ByWard Market in Downtown Ottawa. First opened in 1826, it’s one of the country’s oldest farmers markets and the ByWard Market Square at its heart is top of the city’s list for everything from cute cafés and juice bars to noodle joints and tearooms. The Square’s the place to pick up picnic supplies too – just remember to leave plenty of time for browsing and bring a big basket, there’s a vast range of temptations to choose from and good luck getting kids past the likes of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory without making a purchase. In between shopping and eating and chatting to the locals, check out the papier mâché sculpture hanging from the ceiling. Known as McClintock’s Dream it shows market traders of the past floating on an enormous cloud, a colourful tribute to ByWard Market Square and testimony to its historic role at the heart of one of the most atmospheric and diverse Downtown areas.