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What's open and closed in Ottawa for Canada Day

Fireworks in the Ottawa night sky. Photo by Jamie McCaffrey, from the OttawaStart Flickr pool

Saturday, July 1, 2024 is Canada Day. Most businesses and offices are closed, and just about all government services are shut down.

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  • Most grocery stores, malls and retail outlets in Ontario and Quebec are closed on July 1.
  • Some stores in the Byward Market are open for business on Canada Day, and so is the Rideau Centre (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). The Farm Boy inside the Rideau Centre will be open with the same hours as the mall.
  • Tanger Outlets is open.
  • The Loblaws on Rideau Street is open 7am-10pm, while the one on Isabella Street will be open 7-8.
  • Whole Foods at Lansdowne is open 8am to 6pm.
  • Wal-Mart in Smiths Falls is open from 8 a.m. ‘til 5 p.m.
  • The Metro in Perth is open 9am to 6pm.
  • Kettleman’s never closes.
  • You can buy beer at many of Ottawa’s local brew pubs, including Ridge Rock in Carp, The Clocktower pubs, Lowertown Brewery, Overflow on Kaladar, Kichessippi in Bells Corners, and the Big Rig near Ikea. They sell beer in cans that you can take home.
  • Most LCBO stores and Beer Stores will be closed on July 1. Some LCBO agency stores in outlying areas may be open. For a few years now, the Beer Store has had some locations open for stat holidays.
  • 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.
  • Banks are closed.

Need a doctor or emergency care?

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

City services

  • No Garbage/recycling/green bin pick-up on Monday. Pickup will be delayed a day for the rest of the week.
  • OC Transpo operates on an enhanced Sunday schedule on July 1, with free service all day and increased service on busy routes. STO will also run free service system-wide on a Sunday schedule.
  • Access to Pimisi Station will be limited due to the closure of Booth Street on July 1, between 6am and 2am July 2. To get to LeBreton Flats, pedestrians must use Wellington Street and will have to get off the train at Lyon Station. An exception applies to persons with limited mobility, who can use an entrance at the intersection of Booth and Wellington (more info).
  • Para-Transpo will be offering extended service.
  • If you’re setting off fireworks, the City of Ottawa reminds that they can only be fired off on June 30, on Canada Day itself, or on July 2. The fireworks by-law is here...
  • More city-related info posted here.

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