What’s open and closed this holiday weekend

JACOB HOYTEMA Updated: August 2, 2019

While the whole city closes its doors to celebrate Canada Day, it leaves them mostly open to celebrate Colonel By day on Aug. 5.

On the civic holiday on Monday, most retail locations across the city will be open to serve, but you should be aware of reductions in hours for a lot of places.

Most grocery stores are open, but some will close earlier than usual: some Metro and Independent locations will be closing at 8 p.m., and FreshCo locations are closing at 6 p.m. Farm Boys open 9-6. Loblaws hours vary by location.

Malls across the city will also be open. Billings Bridge is open with regular hours. Bayshore is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Rideau Centre is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The St. Laurent Shopping Centre, Place d’Orléans and Tanger Outlets will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Some Beer Stores and LCBOs across the city will be open with reduced hours; check online to verify specific location hours.

Most public services will be closed: all Ottawa Public Library locations will be closed. Service Ontario locations will also be closed. 311 will be taking calls for urgent matters.

Public beaches and splash pads will be open all day, weather permitting.

Garbage, recycling and green bin collection will not take place on Monday. The Monday collection will happen on Tuesday and the week’s regular schedule will be pushed back a day.

OC Transpo will be operating on a Sunday schedule, and Para Transpo will operate on a holiday schedule.

Movie theatres across the city, including independently-owned local cinemas the Mayfair Theatre and the Bytowne Cinema, will be open and screening all day.

All of the city’s national museums will also be open regular hours. The Ottawa Art Gallery and other city-run museums will be closed, except for the galleries at city hall.

The Ottawa Citizen and Ottawa Sun will not be publishing a print edition but will be updated online.

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