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Canada Day: What's open and closed in Ottawa

Ottawa Public Health expects it to be one hot holiday weekend, but it looks like residents will be able to buy a cold beverage on Sunday.
2018-06-27 Canada Day
Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill. Photo/ Ottawa Tourism


Most businesses in the ByWard Market will be open on Sunday. 

Many grocery stores, malls and retail outlets in Ontario and Quebec are open Sunday but closed for the holiday Monday, with some exceptions.

The Rideau Centre is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and on Monday. Other malls around Ottawa, including Bayshore and St. Laurent, are also open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, but closed on Monday. Place d'Orleans will only be opened from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday before closing on Monday. Les Promenades Gatineau will be closed on Canada Day, but be opened for business as usual on Monday.

The Loblaws and Metro grocery stores on Rideau Street are open 24 hours, while the Whole Foods store at Lansdowne is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday.

All LCBO locations will be open on Canada Day, but closed on July 2.

All Beer Store locations will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, but will be closed on Monday.

In Quebec, SAQ liquor stores are expected to remain open, except for outlets located inside malls.

Banks are closed on Monday.


All City of Ottawa parking regulations and restrictions will apply on Canada Day.

Click here to see the list of Canada Day road closures.

Celebrate Canada Day any of these local historic sites:

- Pinhey's Point Historic Site
- Billings Estate National Historic Site
- Cumberland Heritage Village Museum
- Fairfields Heritage House

The Karsh-Masson Gallery, the Barbara Ann Scott Gallery and the OAG Annex at City Hall will be open.

City services:

Ottawa City Hall and all seven Client Service Centres, including the Government Service Centre, located at 110 Laurier Ave., are closed.

Business will resume as usual on Tuesday.

The City's Provincial Offences Court, located at 100 Constellation Cres., is closed on Canada Day.

Business will resume as usual on Tuesday

The City’s 311 Contact Centre is open for urgent matters.

Garbage, green bin and recycling collection:

There are no changes for curbside green bin, recycling or garbage collection next week.

There are no changes for multi-residential green bin and recycling container collection next week.

Transit service:

OC Transpo is offering free service on Canada Day and operating a special holiday schedule with extra service during the day and after the fireworks.

Click here for a list of Canada Day detours.

Buses will run on a typical Sunday schedule on holiday Monday.

Para Transpo is offering free service on Canada Day.

Recreation services:

Some outdoor pools, indoor pools and fitness centres are open for public swimming, as well as fitness classes with modified schedules.

Most registered programs at swimming pools, community centres and arenas are cancelled.

Please check with or the facility of your choice for details.

All beaches, splash pads and some wading pools are open weather permitting. 

Ottawa Public Health:

The SITE Mobile Van will be operating from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Canada Day. All other services are closed.

Ottawa Public Library:

All branches and services will be closed on Monday, July 2. All OPL branches are closed on Sundays starting on June 10, 2018 until September 2, 2018, inclusive.  


Mike Vlasveld

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Mike Vlasveld, Digital Editor, CityNews Ottawa & the Valley
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