Canada Day 2015: What's open and closed in Ottawa, Gatineau

CBC Ottawa has compiled a list of what's open and closed in Ottawa and Gatineau on Canada Day, so you can plan ahead.

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Be part of a living flag, enjoy free concerts in Victoria Park, or head to a ceilidh in the P.E.I. countryside this Canada Day weekend. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)

CBC Ottawa has compiled a list of what's open and closed in Ottawa and Gatineau on Canada Day, so you can plan ahead.​

Grocery stores

  • All Ottawa Farm Boy locations will be closed.
  • Whole Foods will be closed.
  • All Your Independent Grocer locations will be closed.
  • Herb & Spice on Bank Street will be closed, but the Wellington Street location will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • All Real Canadian Superstore locations will be closed.
  • The Loblaws on Rideau Street will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All other Loblaws locations will be closed.
  • The Metro on Rideau Street will be open all day and night. All other Metro locations will be closed.
  • All IGA Extra stores in Gatineau will be open.


  • The Rideau Centre will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The St. Laurent Shopping Centre will be closed.
  • The Bayshore Shopping Centre will be closed.
  • Place d'Orleans will be closed.
  • Les Promenades Gatineau will be closed.


  • ​All LCBO stores will be closed on Wednesday, July 1.
  • Some agency stores will observe their normal hours of business on July 1. Agency stores are locally-owned retail establishments authorized by the LCBO to sell beverage alcohol, along with other retail products, in communities that are too small to support LCBO stores. 


  • Most outlets will be open on Wednesday, July 1, except for those located in a mall that is closed for the occasion. If the outlet is located in a mall but also has a street access or can be accessed via the movie theatre, it will be open.

City of Ottawa schedule changes

Client services:

  • City Hall and all seven client service centres, including the government service centre at 110 Laurier Ave. W, will be closed. Business will resume as usual on Thursday, July 2.
  • Provincial Offences Court, at 100 Constellation Cres., will also be closed. Business will resume as usual on Thursday, July 2.
  • The 311 contact centre will be open for urgent matters requiring the city's immediate attention. Call 311 or 613-580-2400 to speak to someone. For persons living with a hearing-related disability, call TTY: 613-580-2401.

Green bin, recycling and garbage collection:

  • There will be no curbside green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Canada Day. Canada Day's pick-up will take place on Thursday, July 2. In addition, the collection of green bin, recycling materials and garbage will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. For curbside collection inquiries, refer to the collection calendar tool.
  • There will be no multi-residential collection of bulky items, green bin and recycling container collection on Canada Day. Canada Day's pick-up will take place on Thursday, July 2. Recycling container and green bin collection will also be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. However, multi-residential garbage container collection is not delayed and collection will take place on its regularly scheduled day during the week of June 29.
  • The Trail waste facility is closed.


  • All city parking regulations and restrictions will apply during this time.


  • OC Transpo is offering free service on Canada Day and operating a special holiday schedule with extra service during the day and after the fireworks.
  • The O-Train Trillium Line will run throughout the day and all evening until midnight.
  • Routes 101, 120, 123, 137, 150, 151, 161, 162, 165, 173, 174, 178, 196, 203 and all peak period routes will not operate on July 1.
  • Call 613-560-1000, or text 560560 plus your four-digit bus stop number, for automated schedule information. For more information, holiday schedules and travel planning, phone 613-741-4390 or visit
  • The OC Transpo sales and information centres will be closed, with the exception of the Rideau Centre office, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The telephone OC Transpo information centre (613-741-4390) will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • The telephone OC Transpo customer relations office (613-842-3600) will be closed.
  • Para Transpo is offering free service on Canada Day. A holiday service will operate on July 1. Regular scheduled trips are automatically cancelled. Customers may book trips for Canada Day on or after June 25 by calling 613-244-7272.

Para Transpo operations:

  • Customer service (613-842-3681) will be closed.
  • Administration (613-244-1289) will be closed.
  • Taxi coupons (613-842-3670) will be closed.
  • Reservations line (613-244-7272) will be open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Trip cancellation and general inquiries (613-244-4636) will be open 6 12:30 a.m.

Recreation services:

  • Some outdoor pools, indoor pools and fitness centres will be open for public swimming, and fitness classes, with modified schedules. Please check or the facility of your choice for details.
  • All beaches, splash pads and some wading pools, will be open, weather permitting.
  • Most registered programs at swimming pools, community centres and arenas are cancelled; however, clients should check with their facility to confirm, as some exceptions will apply.

Ottawa Public Health:

  • The Sexual Health Centre and satellite clinics will be closed.
  • The dental clinics and Well Baby Drop-in will be closed.
  • The Site program office at 179 Clarence St. will be closed, but the Site mobile van will be operating on a regular schedule from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Ottawa Public Health information line will be closed, but you can call and leave a message and inquiries will be responded to within one business day. You can also connect with Ottawa Public Health online for the latest health information on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest and

Cultural services:

  • You can celebrate Canada Day at your local historic site:
    • Pinhey's Point Historic Site.
    • Billings Estate National Historic Site.
    • Cumberland Heritage Village Museum.
    • Fairfields Heritage House.
    • Laurier House.
    • City Hall Art Gallery and OAG (Ottawa Art Gallery) Annex.
  • City of Ottawa Archives, arts centres, galleries, theatres and museums will be closed, but clients should check or their facility to confirm holiday hours, as some exceptions may apply.

Archives services:

  • The city's archives reference services and Gallery 112 will be closed.

Municipal child care services:

  • City-operated child care centres will be closed.

Ottawa Public Library:

  • All branches and services of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed. They will operate as usual on Thursday, July 2.


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