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

Statue of Colonel By in Majors’ Hill Park. Photo by Ross Dunn

Monday is Colonel By Day in Ottawa (aka the August Civic Holiday / August long weekend) 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 and malls and grocery stores are open with reduced hours. Call ahead to check! (Malls open for business include Rideau Centre (10a.m.-6p.m.), Bayshore, Place d’Orleans, St-Laurent, Billings Bridge, Promenades de l’Outaouais … and probably more but seriously, call first.)
  • Most 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 on Aug. 6, so it’s business as usual for business, stores and city services.
  • Check out our event calendar for stuff to do this weekend…

Need a doctor or emergency care?

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


  • Beaches, splash pads and pools will be open, weather permitting. (Here’s a list.)
  • Some pools, arenas and fitness centres 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.
  • Most City of Ottawa programming at arts centres, archives, galleries, theatres and museums will not be offered, however, you should check ottawa.ca or the facility to confirm.

City / government services

  • Libraries are closed.
  • Government offices in Ontario are closed.
  • OC Transpo operates on a Sunday schedule, with extra service on routes 44, 94, 95 and 105.
  • City Hall and Client Service Centres are closed
  • Ontario Provincial Offences Court is closed
  • There will be no curb side green bin, recycling or garbage collection. Monday’s pickup will take place on Tuesday. In addition, the collection of garbage, green bin, leaf and yard waste and recycling materials will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.
  • Here’s a press release from the City of Ottawa about other schedule and service changes…

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