Family Day: What's open and closed in Waterloo Region and Guelph

There are lots of fun events planned in the region for holiday Monday. But some transit, venues and facilities are also taking time off to celebrate a winter holiday.
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Find out what is open, what is closed and how to get around on Family Day in Waterloo Region and Guelph.


Grand River Transit will be operating on a Sunday schedule, on holiday Monday.
Charles Street Terminal is open 7:45 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. Ticket sales 8:15 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Ainslie Street Terminal is open 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Ticket sales 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (closed 1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.)
GRT Customer Service –  519-585-7555 (available 24/7).

Guelph Transit will run conventional service starting at Guelph Central Station at 9:15 a.m. or 9:45 a.m.



  • Community centres are open and offering special Family Day events with the exception of Mill Courtland, Rockway Centre, Stanley Park and Downtown community centres, which are closed for the day.
  • Breithaupt Centre will have modified hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bridgeport will be open from 2 p.m. to  4 p.m. for Family Day activities. Forest Heights has modified hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Budd Park will be closed during the day, and open for regular business at 5 p.m.
  • The Aud is open for rentals but the box office and administration office will be closed on Family Day. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • All indoor pools are open except Cameron Heights and there will be no lessons at Breithaupt, Lyle Hallman or Forest Heights pools.
  • Don McLaren, Grand River, and Sportsworld arenas are closed until 4 p.m., when they open for rentals. 
  • Lions Arena is open at noon for rentals. 
  • Activa Sportsplex
  • The outdoor rink in Carl Zehr Square at Kitchener City Hall is open all day, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Joseph Schneider Haus open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Waterloo Region Museum open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Region of Waterloo International Airport


  • Albert McCormick arena will open at 4 p.m. for regular rentals
  • Bechtel Park soccer centre will open at 12:30 p.m. for regular rentals
  • RIM Park will open at 4 p.m. for regular rentals
  • Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex building is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the Swimplex is open from 6:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Adult Rec Centre will be open from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for KW Bridge only


  • McDougall Cottage museum open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Galt Arena open 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for a Winter Hawks game followed by a free skate
  • Dickson Arena open 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. for the Cambridge Healthy Kids free skate
  • John Dolson Centre open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for a family fun carnival
  • W. G. Johnson Centre open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. pool is open and there will be a Hespeler Village Neighbourhood Association event
  • Hespeler Library open 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. for Ukelele sing-a-long jam and magic show
  • Cambridge Centre ice centre and movie theatre


  • Evergreen Seniors Community Centre open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Guelph Civic Museum open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Market Square ice rink open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sleeman Centre open noon to 11:59 p.m.
  • Victoria Road Recreation Complex open noon to 4 p.m. with public skating from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • West End Community Centre open noon to 4 p.m. with public skating from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.


  • LCBO locations 
  • The Beer Store
  • Most stores are closed with a few exceptions, such as convenience stores and shops in St. Jacobs
  • Kitchener City Hall offices will be closed, but the building itself will remain open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Kitchener Market
  • All Kitchener Public Library locations
  • Queensmount Arena
  • Fairview Mall


  • Conestoga Mall
  • Adult Recreation Centre (although will be open from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for KW Bridge only)
  • Wing 404 RCAFA Rotary Adult Centre
  • All Waterloo Public Library branches


  • Cambridge City Hall offices
  • Hespeler, Duncan McIntosh, Preston and Homuth arenas in Cambridge
  • David Durward Centre in Cambridge
  • Cambridge Centre for the Arts
  • Ted Wake Lounge
  • Allan Reuter Centre
  • William E. Pautler Centre
  • Queen's Square
  • Preston Library
  • Clemens Mill
  • Design at Riverside
  • Cambridge Centre (except for movie theatre and ice centre)


  • All Region of Waterloo Library locations
  • Community alzheimer day program in Kitchener, Cambridge and & Waterloo
  • Regional daycare centres
  • Cambridge and Waterloo small vehicle transfer stations for residential waste drop-off
  • Sunnyside Wellness Centre


  • City Hall and municipal offices
  • All Guelph Public Library branches
  • Centennial arena and pool
  • Exhibition arena
  • McCrae House
  • Ontario Court of Justice - Provincial Offences Court
  • Box offices at River Run Centre and Sleeman Centre
  • Tourism Information Centre

Waste pick-up

Waterloo region curbside waste collection will go as usual on holiday Monday, but all waste sites closed for residential drop-off.

Guelph waste collection will not take place on Monday and waste will be collected a day later than usual.