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Family Day: What's open and closed in Ottawa

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

Family Day 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.

OPEN

  • The entire length of the Rideau Canal is open on Family Day, the final day of Winterlude.
  • 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, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., which includes free hot chocolate.
  • Skating Court at Lansdowne Park is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Most museums, including the Canadian War Museum, the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Nature are open.
  • OC Transpo will operate a revised weekday schedule with minor reductions. 
  • 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 Street and 363 Rideau Street).
  • Select grocery stores are open (Loblaws at 363 Rideau Street and Metro at 245 Rideau Street).
  • Most recreation facilities will be modifying their hours of operation. Please check schedules at ottawa.ca.

CLOSED

  • 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 are closed.
  • City of Ottawa client service centres and daycare centres are closed.
  • No curbside garbage, green bin, recycling or bulky item collection.
  • Provincial courthouse is closed.
     

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