Fireworks in the Ottawa night sky. Photo by Jamie McCaffrey, from the OttawaStart Flickr pool
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 is Canada Day. 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 open on July 1 with reduced hours.
- Many stores in the Byward Market are open for business on Sunday and so is the Rideau Centre (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday). Some Metro stores are open with holiday hours, including Rideau Street and Perth.
- Given the sunny weather expected for July 1 (cross your fingers), patios that are open will probably be in high demand.
- Wal-Mart in Smiths Falls is open from 8 a.m. ‘til 5 p.m. on Sunday and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday.
- Le Marché Omni, a small grocery store on rue Bégin 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.
- Banks are closed.
- Movie theatres are still closed due to COVID-19.
Need a doctor or emergency care?
You can find healthcare services open during holidays by checking iamsick.ca
- Garbage/recycling/green bin pick-up will not occur on Wednesday and will be delayed one day for the rest of the week.
- OC Transpo operates on a special holiday schedule on July 1, with free service all day.
- Here is a press release from the city.
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