What’s open and closed in Ottawa for Canada Day 2017


Canada Day Fireworks
Photo by Christopher Dunn, from the OttawaStart Flickr Group


Saturday, July 1, 2017 is Canada Day. Because it falls on a weekend, Monday will be a statutory holiday in Canada.  Most non-retail businesses and offices are closed, and just about all government services are shut down.

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Shopping & attractions

  • Most grocery stores, malls and retail outlets in Ontario and Quebec are closed on July 1 but reopen on Monday.
  • Many stores in the Byward Market are open for business on Saturday, and so is the Rideau Centre (from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday). Some Metro stores are open with holiday hours, including Rideau Street and Perth.
  • Wal-Mart in Smiths Falls is open from 7 a.m. ’til 10 p.m.
  • Le Marché Omni, a small grocery store on Bégin Street in Gatineau, is open.
  • Most LCBO stores and Beer Stores will be closed on July 1. Some LCBO agency stores in outlying areas may be open.
  • You can buy beer at some of Ottawa’s local brew pubs, including the Clocktower on Bank Street in the Glebe, Big Rig Brew Pub behind the Ikea, and Mill Street along the Ottawa River near Lebreton Flats.
  • Waller Street Brewing is also open.
  • If you need last-minute groceries, many Shoppers Drug Mart and IDA drug stores open on the holiday.
  • In Quebec, SAQ liquor stores are open July 1, unless it’s located inside a mall without street access.
  • Most national and local museums are open July 1.
  • Banks are closed.
  • Movie theatres are open.

Need a doctor or emergency care?

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

City services

  • Garbage/recycling/green bin pick-up is delayed until Saturday.
  • OC Transpo operates on a special holiday schedule on July 1, with free service all day.  More info about special Canada Day service…
  • STO buses in Gatineau are free after 10pm.
  • City Hall and Ottawa Client Service Centres are closed on July 1.
  • Many pools, fitness centres and some arenas are open for business but regular programs have modified schedules on July 1.
  • City-run libraries and archives are closed on July 1, open July 3.

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OttawaStart Staff



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