What’s open and closed in Ottawa on Easter Weekend 2017


Lindt by Gamachephoto, from the OttawaStart Flickr Group

Lindt by Gamachephoto, from the OttawaStart Flickr Group


Here’s what’s open and closed on Easter Weekend in Ottawa.

  • Good Friday this year is on April 14. It’s a statutory holiday in Canada so just about all businesses are closed.
  • Saturday is business as usual.
  • Easter Sunday is April 16, with most businesses shut down for the day.
  • Monday, April 17 is a holiday for most government employees and schools, and some private sector employees.

To add to this list (or make a correction) please email feedback@ottawastart.com or at a comment below.

Need groceries?

  • In Ottawa, most grocery storesshopping malls and retail outlets are closed on Friday and Sunday, but open on Monday. Even Whole Foods, which often opens on holiday, is closed Friday and Sunday. The Rideau Centre is closed Friday and Sunday too.
  • If you need some last minute groceries, some Shoppers Drug Mart stores open on the holidays and many of them have a decent food section.
  • IDA Pharmacies in Stittsville, Richmond, Carleton Place and on Greenbank Road are open all weekend.
  • Meanwhile, in Gatineau, most stores and malls (like Les Promenades de l’Outaouais and les Galleries de Hull) are open on Good Friday, closed on Easter Sunday, and open again on Monday.  The grocery store Le Marché (50 Rue Bégin) is open from 8am-11pm on Friday.
  • Many stores in the Byward Market are open all weekend, including Friday and Sunday.
  • Open Friday: The Bagelshop on Wellington Street West. Their neighbours Herb & Spice and Saslove’s are also open on Friday.  Kowloon Market on Somerset, La Bottega in the Market.
  • Open Sunday: The Bagleshop on Wellington Street West, Herb & Spice on Wellington Street West, Produce Depot on Carling, Kowloon Market on Somerset.

Need a doctor or emergency care?

  • You can find healthcare services open during the Easter holidays by checking iamsick.ca

A good weekend for laundry

  • Off-peak rates for hydro are in effect all weekend, from Friday to Monday. Run the dishwasher, do your laundry, etc.

Need wine or beer?

  • Beer Stores are closed on Friday and Sunday. All LCBO stores are closed on Friday and Sunday, and some are open Monday with revised hours.
  • Over in Quebec, SAQ outlets are open on Friday and Saturday, some are open on Sunday, and most are open on Monday.
  • Several local brew pubs are open this weekend, and you can buy bottles to take home. For example, Mill Street Brew Pub and Big Rig Brewery are open daily.

More shopping & restaurants

  • Some garden centers open on Easter Sunday (call ahead).
  • Some Tim Hortons are open on Friday and Sunday, some are not. Hit & miss.
  • Many restaurants are open all weekend. (Call first and check!)
  • The Walmart in Smith Falls is open on Friday from 8am-5pm.  (But closed on Easter Sunday.)
  • The annual Carp Easter Market is on Saturday 8am-1pm.
  • Many stores in the Byward Market are open all weekend, including Friday and Sunday.
  • Banks are closed on Friday and open on Monday.

Entertainment & attractions

  • Here’s our Events Calendar with more event suggestions for the weekend.
  • Most National Museums are open all weekend (visit their web sites to confirm times). The National Art Gallery is closed on Good Friday.  Both the Agriculture Museum and Aviation and Space Museum are open all four days, and the Agriculture Museum has special Easter at the Farm programming throughout the weekend.
  • Local museums are closed on Friday and Monday, including the Ottawa Art Gallery.
  • Movie theatres are open.
  • Most local sugar bushes are open throughout the weekend.
  • Some local ski hills still have a few runs open.

Government services:

  • Garbage & recyclingNo garbage collection on Friday or Monday. Good Friday’s pick-up will take place on Saturday, April 15 and Easter Monday’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, April 18. The collection of green bin, garbage and recycling materials will be delayed by one day for the week after Easter.
  • Off-peak rates apply for hydro all day on stat holidays.
  • OC Transpo: Buses operate on a Sunday schedule on Good Friday.  On Monday, all school routes are cancelled and there will be some route reductions to the regular weekday schedule.  All OC Transpo sales centres are closed on Friday and Monday, except for the Rideau Centre which is open on Monday.
  • In Gatineau, STO is operating a Saturday schedule on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
  • Service Ontario kiosks are closed on Friday and Monday
  • Federal Government offices are closed on Friday and Monday.
  • Public & Catholic school boards are closed Friday and Monday.
  • Most City of Ottawa services are closed on Friday and Monday, including client service centres and libraries. More info…
  • The City of Ottawa’s 3-1-1 service is open for urgent matters requiring the City’s immediate attention.
  • Many City of Ottawa recreation centres are open all weekend (pools, fitness centres, arenas), call ahead or check ottawa.ca for info.
  • More scheduling changes from the City of Ottawa…

To add to this list (or make a correction) please email feedback@ottawastart.com or add a comment below.

OttawaStart Staff



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  1. Betty says:

    Thank you love this site

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