Fireworks in the Ottawa night sky. Photo by Jamie McCaffrey, from the OttawaStart Flickr pool
Thursday, July 1, 2021 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
- As of June 30, Ontario enters Stage 2 of re-opening, where non-essential retail is permitted to open at 25% capacity and essential retail 50%. Grocery stores, malls and retail outlets in Ontario and Quebec may be open on July 1, probably with reduced hours.
- Whole Foods at Lansdowne is open 9am-7pm.
- The Loblaws on Rideau Street is open 7am-10pm, while the one on Isabella Street will be open 7am to 8pm.
- Some stores in the Byward Market are open for business on Sunday and so is the Rideau Centre (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
- Wal-Mart in Smiths Falls is open from 8 a.m. ‘til 5 p.m.
- Most LCBO stores and Beer Stores will be closed on July 1. Some LCBO agency stores in outlying areas may be open. The following Beer Stores will be open on Canada Day from 11 am to 6pm:
- 1860 Bank St.
- College Square, 1984 Baseline Rd.
- 515 Somerset St. W.
- 548 Montreal Rd.
- You can buy beer at many of Ottawa’s local brew pubs, most of whom sell beer that you can take home with you — call ahead to confirm hours.
- Waller Street Brewing will have their bottle shop open from 3pm to 7pm and has beer delivery on Canada Day from 4pm to 7pm.
- Ridge Rock in Carp will be open 11 am to 5 pm for takeout and patio service.
- The Overflow Brewery on Kaladar will be open from noon to 11pm.
- 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.
- 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 holidayhours.ca
- Garbage/recycling/green bin pick-up will not occur on Thursday and will be delayed one day for the rest of the week.
- OC Transpo operates on a reduced schedule on July 1, with free service all day. Buses will use a Sunday schedule.
- Here is a press release from the city.
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