Bayshore Shopping Centre

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Bayshore Shopping Centre
Bayshore Shopping Centre, as seen from the Richmond Road overpass over Highway 417
Location Ottawa, Ontario
Coordinates 45°20′50″N 75°48′25″W / 45.34722°N 75.80694°W / 45.34722; -75.80694Coordinates: 45°20′50″N 75°48′25″W / 45.34722°N 75.80694°W / 45.34722; -75.80694
Address 100 Bayshore Drive
Opening date 1973 (1973)
Owner Ivanhoé Cambridge
No. of stores and services 192[1][2]
No. of anchor tenants 7 (Forever 21, H&M, Old Navy, Sports Experts, Hudson's Bay, Zara, Winners/HomeSense)[1][2]
Total retail floor area 883,250 sq ft (82,056.6 m2)[1][2]
No. of floors 3[1][2]
Parking 3,488 spaces[1][2]
Public transit access Bayshore Transitway Station

Bayshore Shopping Centre is a major shopping mall located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, more specifically in Bayshore in the former city of Nepean, Ontario. The mall is one of the busiest in the National Capital Region as it attracts about 7 million visitors per year[3] from across the city and the surrounding region.

Construction & Renovations[edit]

First phase[edit]

  • When the mall originally opened in 1973, it consisted of two floors. Its anchors consisted of Steinberg, Miracle Mart, The Bay and Eaton's. In the 1980s, the mall underwent an extensive renovation, including the addition of a third storey,[4] upgraded passenger lift, and an escalator going directly from the ground floor to the top level. The colour scheme was also changed to a green and tan marble design. The original wrought-iron and wood railings were replaced by glass panels. The new design featured large peaked glass panels as the ceiling. Another level was added to the exterior parkade as well.

Second Phase[edit]

  • Following the 2003 closure of Les Ailes de la Mode, the resulting vacant space on the south side of the first and second levels was reconstructed into two new areas. In the first level, the former corridor was closed and a new corridor and mall entrance created to its east. Stores in the new area include GNC, EB Games, The Body Shop, Shoppers Blvd (which later closed), Scentiments, Carol Baker Visage, Freyja Collections and MotoPhoto. A small eating area was also added, including a few new snack shops: Booster Juice, La Cremière and Cinnabon. Savory's Fine Foods store opened on June 15, 2006 (replacing the defunct Market Fresh store) and the new Pet World opened across from the grocery store on July 13. Savory's Fine Foods closed on August 19, 2007, marking the second exit by a specialty food retailer in the same location. Home Sense took over this space in Fall in 2009.
  • On the second level, a new corridor includes stores such as Mexx, Cleo, Timothy's World Coffee, Place Bonbon, Winners and Swarovski. The two new sections of the mall are connected by an elevator and some escalators. Washrooms were added near the Gap replacing the older and smaller ones that were located near the main entrance of the level (by the Bayshore Dental Clinic).
  • A new passenger elevator opposite to the existing one, that leads to the food court area of the third floor. It was also built to transport a greater number of customers from first to third or vice versa.
  • The new Build-A-Bear Workshop opened its doors on June 15, 2006 at the old Cotton Ginny location. Cotton Ginny moved east to beside Northern Reflections, and just across from the new Aritzia store. A new store, Esprit occupied the remaining space starting in October. Also in 2006, Northern Reflections then moved to the location occupied by McIntosh & Watts. La Senza Express also opened during the fall replacing the former Campus Crew store.
  • During the summer of 2006, the mall underwent an extensive renovation to its parking deck to replace the structure that existed since the mall's opening.

Third Phase (2012–present)[edit]

The Target store built at Bayshore. It never opened to the public.

Construction started in 2012 for a further expansion of the mall, adding 300,000 sq ft of retail space.[5] Widespread renovations of the existing portions of the mall and the relocation of the food court have occurred. The former Zellers space is being converted to multiple retail outlets with an H&M on the first floor (opened, Oct. 2013). Victoria's Secret opened in Bayshore on October 23, 2013 along with its sister store Pink. This marked the premiere of both brands in the Ottawa region. Over 500 attended the store launch, some who lined up the night before.[6] Forever 21 opened its doors on September 27, 2014.[7]

A Target store was built as a new anchor for the mall, but on January 15, 2015, Target Canada filed for bankruptcy and announced the closure of all of its stores, including the unopened Bayshore Shopping Centre location.[8] On May 8, 2015, Walmart Canada announced its intent to acquire the locations of 13 Target Canada stores, including the Bayshore Shopping Centre location.[9]


The centre's anchors are as follows:[10]


  • In mid-November, Bayshore has its own Santa's Arrival, which consists of a wide array of entertainment for the whole family. This is usually the kick-off of the holiday shopping season in which the mall's hours are extended until 10 pm from Monday to Saturday except Sundays which keeps regular hours (although in previous years the mall also had extended hours on Sundays). During the last week of the Christmas rush, the mall is open until 11:00 pm. Other traditional features of the shopping centre at this period is the Gift Wrapping Service on the third level in which patrons can have their gifts wrapped. In 2013, Bayshore worked with the Senators Foundation raising over $10,000 during the Holiday season.
  • In August 2014, Bayshore will be hosting a Milestone Celebration in conjunction with the opening of the new food court space.


  • Bayshore Shopping Centre works closely with several charitable organizations in Ottawa.
  • In 2013, Bayshore worked closely with the Senators Foundation, raising over $10,000 for the foundation Christmas 2013. The Ottawa Senators Foundation empowers children and youth to reach their full potential by investing in social recreation and education programs that promote both physical and mental wellness.
  • In 2014, Bayshore plans to work with Bash En Blanc, which raises fund for the Snowsuit Foundation. The snowsuit foundation The Snowsuit Fund is an Ottawa-based charity that raises funds for the purchase and distribution of snowsuits to needy children, 15 years and under, in our community.

Major criminal incidents[edit]

  • 14 October 1983:[11] David Utman, a Nepean policeman, was shot to death at the mall by a convict. Peter Michael Collins was handed a life sentence in 1984 for first-degree murder, with the possibility of parole after 25 years. Collins apparently said "Your time is up" before shooting the officer.[12]
  • 1 September 1984: Cst. Ralph Erfle and Cst. Robin Easey were shot after interrupting an attempted robbery involving a Brinks truck delivery to the mall's Toronto-Dominion Bank branch. Of the five criminals involved, four were captured and sentenced, the other was shot and killed at the scene. Easey was paralyzed after the incident.[13]
  • January 1999: Octavio Eva Gonzalez was murdered in a stabbing at the mall after he finished work there. Benny Jauvin was convicted of manslaughter and was given a net sentence of six years, a jail term some observers considered too lenient. A policeman was shot in the back and is now paralyzed.[14][15]

Customer services[edit]

  • Customer Service is location on the first level of the shopping centre adjacent Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works.
  • In the summer of 2005, Bayshore introduced Gift Cards, which can be purchased at the Customer Service Kiosk Desk on the lower level, are available in any denomination and can be used at stores and services throughout the mall.


See also: OC Transpo
  • The mall is located near the interchanges of provincial highways 417 and 416 in the Nepean sector of Ottawa, via the Richmond Road exits (exit 130 on Highway 417 and exit 75C on northbound Highway 416).
  • Bayshore Shopping Centre is served by the following routes at the Bayshore Transitway Station:
    2 60 61 62 64 65 66 68 69pm 85 93 96 97 101 152 155 172 173 180 182 201 203 261 262 263 283am 402 404 406 669 691am 454
  • A new Transitway corridor between Bayshore Station and Pinecrest Station was built in 2009 in order for route 96 and route 101 to have more direct service to the mall. It is part of the City of Ottawa's West Transitway plan that will provide a rapid transit corridor between Kanata and the Southwest Transitway.

Hours of operation[edit]

  • Mondays to Saturdays: 09:00-21:00
  • Sundays: 10:00-18:00
  • The mall is accessible at 07:00 for employees and mall walkers.

Holidays and Christmas period[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Bayshore Shopping Centre Overview". Ivanhoé Cambridge. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Bayshore Shopping Centre". Ivanhoé Cambridge (in French). Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  3. ^ According to Bayshore Shopping Centre website figures.
  4. ^ Advertisement in the Ottawa Citizen, June 5, 1986, page A20,,1758655&dq=bayshore+shopping+centre+renovation&hl=en
  5. ^ Bayshore Redevelopment web site
  6. ^ Armstrong, Denis (October 23, 2013). "Ottawa’s first Victoria’s Secret opens at Bayshore Shopping Centre". Metro. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Forever 21 Grand Opening". Bayshore Shopping Centre. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  8. ^ Pigg, Susan (January 15, 2015). "Target pullout leaves condo project in the lurch". Toronto Star. Retrieved March 14, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Walmart to buy 13 former Target Canada stores and a distribution centre". Canadian Press. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Anchor list. About Us. Bayshore Shopping Centre official site. [1] (retrieved July 4, 2007)[dead link]
  11. ^ "Officers killed on duty". Ottawa Police Service. Archived from the original on 2007-10-26. Retrieved 2007-11-11. 
  12. ^ Bonokoski, Mark (27 October 2004). "Cop killer still drawing heat". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2007-11-11. [dead link]
  13. ^ Trinh, Judy (December 2006 – January 2007). "In the Line of Fire" (PDF). Ottawa magazine. pp. 30–35. Retrieved 2007-01-27. . Published via Ottawa Police Service website.
  14. ^ "Mother collapses after killer's sentencing". CBC News. 14 April 2000. Retrieved 2007-01-27. 
  15. ^ "Why crown opted for manslaughter". CBC News. Retrieved 2007-01-27. [dead link]

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