Victoria Day 2018

What's open and closed in Ottawa

Here comes the second and final long weekend of the spring.

What you need to know for the May long weekend, including Ottawa's rules about fireworks

Plan ahead on Saturday and Sunday so you don't get caught by an unexpected closure on Victoria Day. (Garrett Barry/CBC)

Here comes the second and final long weekend of the spring. Monday is Victoria Day and that means several business and service closures.

Here are some examples in Ottawa:

Parking and public transit

  • All City of Ottawa parking regulations and restrictions apply.
  • OC Transpo service will operate on a Sunday schedule on Victoria Day. Families and groups can buy a DayPass from the bus operator when they board for $10.50 that will let them travel all day. A family or group can include up to six people with a maximum of two who are ages 13 or older.
  • All OC Transpo customer service centres will be closed Victoria Day with the exception of the Rideau Centre office, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Para Transpo's reservation line is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., while its information line is open 6 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Its customer service, administration and taxi coupon phone lines are closed.

Fun places to hang out

Pools, rinks and fitness centres

  • Many city-run facilities will be open on Victoria Day, but with modified schedules. For details, check with ottawa.ca or the facility of your choice.
  • Facilities may be open but many regularly scheduled programs at swimming pools, community centres and arenas are cancelled on Victoria Day. The city says you should check with your facility to confirm because there are exceptions.
  • Public skating will be offered at Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex, Jim Durrell Recreation Complex and Goulbourn Recreation Complex. Please check with ottawa.ca for details.
  • Splash pads are open on Saturday, though some may not open on time if they've been damaged by winter weather.

Libraries and cultural places

  • National museums and galleries including the Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum, Canadian Science and Technology Museum, Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, Canadian Museum of Nature, Canadian Museum of History, Canadian War Museum and the National Gallery of Canada, will be open.
  • City-run arts centres, archives, galleries, theatres and museums, however, will be closed on Monday. However, clients should check with ottawa.ca or their facility to confirm holiday hours, as some exceptions may apply.
  • The Karsh-Masson Gallery, the Barbara Ann Scott Gallery and the City Hall Art Gallery will be open.
  • All branches and services of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed. 
Ottawa's splash pads open for the season on Saturday. (Holly Caruk/CBC)

Shopping

If you want to shop for a spring wardrobe: 

  • Rideau Centre will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Most shopping centres, including Bayshore, St. Laurent, Place D'Orléans and Carlingwood, are closed Victoria Day.
  • Tanger Outlets is closed.

If you want to buy groceries:

  • Whole Foods at Lansdowne Park will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • McKeen Metro Glebe at 754 Bank Street is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • The Metro at 245 Rideau Street and the Loblaws at 363 Rideau Street are open 24 hours.

(These are only a few examples. Please check with your local store.)

As well, vendors and stores in the ByWard market will be open for the holiday, and in the Glebe, many stores will be open. Check their website for details.

If you want to purchase alcohol:

  • The LCBO and the Beer Store are closed.

Fireworks

Your own

  • According to the city's fireworks by-law, consumer fireworks can be set off on the day of, day before or the day after Victoria Day. They must be set by someone 18 or older, and on private property, with permission of the property owner. The fireworks display cannot cause danger or nuisance to any person or property and safety instructions on the packaging must be followed.

Holiday displays

  • The Canadian Tulip Festival will be setting off fireworks at Dow's Lake on Sunday at 8 p.m., marking a return to the popular location after it had been moved to Lansdowne Park. It's free, but a $20 VIP ticket gets you a seat in a licensed area and a "Tulip Julip" cocktail.
The Canadian Tulip Festival fireworks are back at Dow's Lake. (CBC)

Garbage, green bin and recycling pick-up

  • There will be no curbside green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Victoria Day. Instead, Victoria Day's pick-up will take place on Tuesday, May 22. In addition, the collection of green bin, recycling materials and garbage will be delayed by one day for the week of May 21.
  • There will be no multi-residential collection of bulky items, green bin and recycling container collection on Victoria Day. Instead, Victoria Day's pick-up will take place on Tuesday, May 22. Recycling container and green bin collection will also be delayed by one day this week. 
    • However, multi-residential garbage container collection is not delayed. It will take place on its regularly scheduled day during the week.
  • The Trail Waste Facility is closed.

City services

  • Ottawa City Hall and all seven client service centres, including the government service centre at 110 Laurier Ave. W., will be closed. 
  • The City's Provincial Offences Court at 100 Constellation Cresc. will also be closed. It will reopen on Tuesday, May 22.
  • The City's 311 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters that require the City's immediate attention. Residents can call 311 or 613-580-2400 to speak to a customer service representative. People living with a hearing-related disability can call (TTY: 613-580-2401).