What's open and closed in Ottawa on Monday

Many city services and public libraries will be closed on the Civic holiday on Mon., Aug. 5, but malls and museums will remain open.
Colonel By Day celebrations are taking place at the Ottawa Locks Monday. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Many city services and public libraries will be closed on the Civic holiday on Mon., Aug. 5, but most malls and museums will remain open.

What's closed

City services

  • All branches of the Ottawa Public Library.
  • City-operated Child Care Centres.
  • Ottawa City Hall and all seven client service centres.
  • The City’s Provincial Offences Court.
  • Most programming at arts centres, archives, galleries, theatres and museums will not be offered. Check with the facility for exceptions.
  • Most registered programs at swimming pools, community centres and arenas are cancelled. Check with the facility.

Public health

  • Ottawa Public Health Information Line (OPHIL) and AIDS-Sexual Health Info Line
  • Sexual Health Centre and Satellite Clinics
  • Dental Clinics
  • Well Baby Drop-in
  • SITE program – the SITE office closed but Site mobile van will operate on a regular schedule from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.


  • The Trail Waste Facility
  • Curbside green bin, recycling, and garbage collection scheduled for Monday will instead happen on Tuesday and delayed one day for the week.
  • Multi-residential bulky items, green bin and recycling container collection will also be delayed one day for the week.

OC Transpo

  • OC Transpo Sales and Information Centres, except for Rideau Centre office, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The OC Transpo Customer Relations Department

What's open

City services

  • OC Transpo will operate a Sunday schedule, with extra service added to routes 8, 94, 95 and 105.
  • City of Ottawa parking regulations and restrictions remain as if it were a regular Monday.
  • Some outdoor pools, indoor pools and fitness centres will be open for public swimming, and fitness classes with modified schedules. Check with ottawa.ca or the facility.
  • All beaches, splash pads and some wading pools will be open, weather permitting.

Shopping centres

Malls in the city will operate with reduced hours:

  • Bayshore Shopping Centre is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Merivale Mall is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The St. Laurent Shopping Centre, Place d’Orléans and Carlingwood Shopping Centre are open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The Rideau Centre is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


The city's national Museums are also open at their usual Monday hours. The Canadian Museum of Civilization has an exhibit to celebrate the meeting of First Nations and French cultures 400 years ago, when Samuel de Champlain explored the Ottawa River.

Colonel By Day activities are also planned from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ottawa Locks, between the Parliament and the Château Laurier.

And Monday is the last day of Buskerfest at the Sparks Street Mall. Its events run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.