Family Day: What's open and closed in Ottawa

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Many stores are closed for Family Day in Ontario. (Sunnie Huang/CBC)



Family Day on Feb. 15 is a provincial holiday in Ontario, meaning Quebec has a normal business schedule and federal government operations are running. But there are some closures and schedule changes to keep in mind in Ottawa.


  • The Rideau Canal is open on Family Day, the final day of Winterlude, weather permitting.
  • Rink of Dreams at Ottawa City Hall is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mayor Jim Watson is hosting the annual family day skating party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and it includes free hot chocolate.
  • The skating court at Lansdowne Park is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • The Ben Franklin Place skating rink at 101 Centrepointe Dr., is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Most museums, including the Canadian War Museum, the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Nature are open.
  • The Barbara Ann Scott Gallery, Karsh Masson Gallery and OAG Annex at City Hall are open.
  • OC Transpo will operate a revised weekday schedule with minor reductions. 
  • Para Transpo will operate on a holiday service schedule.
  • All City of Ottawa parking regulations and restrictions apply on Family Day.
  • The Rideau Centre is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stores in the ByWard Market are also open.
  • Select Wine Rack locations are open (54 Byward Market, 277 Elgin St. and 363 Rideau St.).
  • Select grocery stores are open (Loblaws at 363 Rideau St. and Metro at 245 Rideau St.).
  • Most recreation facilities will be modifying their hours of operation. Please check schedules at


  • All LCBO and Beer Store locations are closed.
  • Most grocery stores are closed.
  • Most malls are closed, including Bayshore, St. Laurent, Place d'Orleans, Tanger Outlets and Carlingwood.
  • All Ottawa Public Library branches, as well as city archives services, are closed.
  • City of Ottawa client service centres and daycare centres are closed.
  • There will be no curbside garbage, green bin, recycling or bulky item collection. Pick-up will resume on Feb. 16, but collection will be delayed by one day for the entire week.
  • Provincial courthouse is closed.

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