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Monday, May 21 is a stat holiday in Ontario and Quebec.
Groceries & Beer & Shopping:
Most grocery stores & retail outlets in Ontario are closed on Monday.
- If you do need last-minute groceries, many Shoppers Drug Mart stores open on the holidays, along with some IDA stores.
- Most stores in the Byward Market are open for business on Monday.
- The Lowertown Brewery at 73 York St. is open seven days a week until 11 p.m., including all holidays.
- The Winerack at 54 ByWard Market Sq. is open every day until 11 p.m., except on Sunday when it’s open until 6 p.m., including all holidays.
- The Rideau Centre is open on Monday (10am-6pm), but other Ontario malls are closed.
- Shops at Lansdowne Park , including Whole Foods (9am-9pm), are open on Victoria Day. Metro in the Glebe is also open.
- Some of the grocery stores in Chinatown (Somerset Street West) will be open.
- Over in Gatineau, Monday’s known as “Fête des Patriotes”. To celebrate, most businesses are closed but malls and grocery stores stay open.
- Beer Stores are closed on Monday. All the big LCBO stores are closed on Monday. Some LCBO agency stores may be open on Monday, and some LCBO’s will have extended hours on the weekend. They don’t call it May 2-4 for nothing.
- Most SAQ stores (wine, liquor, beer) are open on Monday, so for emergency Monday beer runs, go to Gatineau.
- Many garden stores – independent stores and big box garden centres – will open on Monday. Call ahead to confirm.
- The Walmart in Smith Falls is open on Monday from 8am-5pm.
- Banks are closed on Monday.
Need a doctor or emergency care?
You can find healthcare services open during holidays by checking iamsick.ca
Entertainment and Events and Fireworks
- The Tulip Festival continues all weekend.
Tulip Festival will involve fireworks Sunday night over Dow’s Lake. You need tickets to get into the VIP viewing party at Commissioners Park. We are listing more fireworks displays here…
- If you’re setting off fireworks, the City of Ottawa reminds that they can only be fired off on Sunday, Victoria Day itself, or Tuesday. The fireworks by-law is here...
- Most National Museums are open.
- Movie theatres are open.
- No recycling or garbage or green bin collection on Monday. All pick-ups are delayed by a day for the rest of the week.
- OC Transpo operates on a Sunday schedule on Victoria Day
- City Hall and Ottawa Client Service Centres are closed on Monday.
- Many pools, fitness centres and some arenas are open for business but regular programs have modified schedules.
- City-run libraries, archives, and cultural centres are closed on Monday.
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