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What's open and closed in Ottawa for the August long weekend

Statue of Colonel By in Major’s Hill Park. (Photo/Devyn Barrie)

Monday is Colonel By Day in Ottawa (aka the August Civic Holiday / August long weekend, occurring on the first Monday of every August) which means a long weekend for most people in Ottawa. But it’s not a statutory holiday so many retail stores will be open. Here’s a list of what’s open and closed.

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Shopping & attractions:

  • Most stores, malls and grocery stores are open with reduced hours.
  • Some national museums are open.
  • Most LCBO stores are open on Monday.
  • Beer stores are open regular hours on Sunday. On Monday, only select stores are open from 11am-6pm.
  • Movie theatres are open.
  • Banks are closed.
  • Quebec doesn’t have a Civic Holiday, so it’s business as usual.

Need a doctor or emergency care?

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


  • Beaches, splash pads and pools will be open, weather permitting. (Here’s a list.)
  • Some city pools will be open on the Civic Holiday for public swimming skating and fitness classes with modified schedules. Check with ottawa.ca or the facility of your choice for details.

City / government services

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