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What's open, closed and what's on in Ottawa for Victoria Day weekend 2022

Photo: “Alone” by Derek Mellon, from the OttawaStart Flickr Group.

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Monday, May 23, 2022 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.
  • The Rideau Centre is open on Monday (10am-6pm) for essential business, but other Ontario malls are closed.
  • Whole Foods at Lansdowne is open on Monday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Metro in the Glebe is also open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 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. Les Promenades is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Most Beer Stores are closed on Monday, except for three: College Square, the one at 1860 Bank St., and 548 Montreal Rd. will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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.
  • You can also grab beer at many local breweries. For example, the Lowertown Brewery at 73 York St. is open from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday. Vimy Brewing Co. at 830 Industrial is open Sunday 11-5 and Monday 11-7. There are many other craft brewers to choose from, so it’s a good idea to call ahead before heading out to your favourite local brewer!
  • The Winerack at 54 ByWard Market Sq. is open every day this long weekend.
  • 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 holidayhours.ca


  • The Tulip Festival continues all weekend at Commissioners park.
  • Check out a National Museum! Note that some may require advance tickets for Monday.
  • If you’re setting off fireworks, the City of Ottawa reminds that they can only be fired off on Sunday, on Victoria Day itself, or on Tuesday. The fireworks by-law is here...
  • Ottawa Public Health advises monitoring for COVID symptoms and staying home/not attending gatherings if you are sick.

City services

  • No recycling or garbage or green bin collection on Monday.  All pick-ups are delayed by a day for the rest of the week.
  • All parking regulations and restrictions apply.
  • OC Transpo operates on a Sunday schedule on Victoria Day.
  • City Hall and Ottawa Client Service Centres are closed on Monday.
  • City-run libraries, archives, and cultural centres are closed on Monday.
  • The City’s 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters only. Please visit ottawa.ca/311 for more information.

Ottawa Public Health

  • Visit the OPH COVID-19 Vaccine page for vaccination clinic hours and availability.
  • Visit the OPH COVID-19 Testing page for testing centre and care clinic hours and availability.
  • The Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Booking Line will be closed on Monday, May 23.
  • The Sexual Health Clinic and satellite clinics will be closed.
  • The Site program office and supervised consumption services at 179 Clarence Street will be closed. The Site mobile van will operate from 5 pm to 11:30 pm.
  • The Ottawa Public Health Information Centre and COVID-19 Information Line will be closed.
  • Dental clinics will be closed.
  • The Baby Help Line will be returning calls (open).