Open and closed in Ottawa on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2017


Skating on the Rink of Dreams. Photo by Dave Yin from the OttawaStart Flickr Group

Skating on the Rink of Dreams. Photo by Dave Yin from the OttawaStart Flickr Group

Happy New Year! Here’s what’s open and closed on New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, 2017 in Ottawa. To add to this list (or make a correction) please email


Related: OC Transpo holiday schedule, including free rides on New Year’s Eve

Shopping & attractions

  • Malls and retail outlets are closed in Ontario and Quebec. If you do need last minute groceries, your best bet is the local convenience store, or Shoppers Drug Mart.
  • Shopping malls in Ontario and Quebec for the most part close at 5:00pm on December 31, and remain closed for January 1.  (Including the Rideau Centre.)
  • The Metro and Loblaws on Rideau Street are closed on January 1, as are other big grocery stores in the city.
  • Some stores in the Byward Market and Lansdowne Park are open, including Whole Foods from 10am-7pm.
  • Some Tim Hortons are open for New Year’s Day, some are not. Hit & miss!
  • The Kowloon Market (Somerset Street West in Chinatown) is open at 9am.
  • Zak’s Diner in the Byward Market is open 24/7, even on New Year’s Day.
  • Quitters Coffee is open in Stittsville at 9am.
  • LCBO stores and Beer Stores close at 6pm on New Year’s Eve (Dec 31), and are closed on January 1.
  • SAQ stores in Quebec close at 7:00pm on New Year’s Eve and are closed on Jan 1. They’ll re-open at noon on January 2.
  • No Canada Post mail service on January 1 or January 2.

Need a doctor or emergency care?

  • You can find healthcare services open during holidays by checking

Activities / Attractions:

City services:

  • No garbage, recycling or composting on New Year’s Day, because it’s Sunday. For the rest of the week, garbage pick-up is collected on the usual day. Christmas trees are collected on the same day that your green bin is collected.
  • On January 1, OC Transpo operates on a Sunday schedule. They’re operating on a reduced schedule until January 6.  Sales and information centres are closed on Jan 1.
  • All regular City of Ottawa parking regulations and restrictions apply.
  • City Hall and Client Service Centres are closed.
  • The Provincial Offences Court is closed.
  • Recreation facilities will be operating on modified schedules during the holiday season. Most recreation facilities are closed and public swimmingpublic skating, aqua fitness and fitness classes are cancelled on January 1. Check with your facility.
  • Most programming at arts centres, archives, galleries, museums and theatres will not be offered on January 1. Check with your facility.
  • Libraries are closed on January 1.

To add to this list (or make a correction) please email

OttawaStart Staff


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