The ByWard Market was bustling with activity Labour Day Monday. The Market and Rideau Centre are some of the only places in the city where stores are open.
People there pause to browse trinkets and fruit and vegetable stands.
Others, like a number of University of Ottawa Students, are getting to know their new city.
"Right now we're doing a scavenger hunt," said frosh leader Danielle. "We're having them lead us around Ottawa to find things on our list that we have here, just to introduce them to the city because it is their first week so they probably don't know much of it."
"Honestly, it's been fantastic," said Shayna. "Everyone here is so accommodating and so friendly and it's really great to get to know everyone and the city is just awesome."
For others like Brianna, who is starting grade 3, the Market is just one stop on Labour Day.
"We're going to take a ride in the car and then we're going to go probably to Calypso and we're going to go eat," she said.
Many said it's a great way to enjoy the last day before it's back to school and back to reality.