22 May 2018 Posted By : Kieran Delamont

What's open and what's closed this Victoria Day long weekend

The Canadian way to canonically spend your May long weekend (which celebrates the birthday of Queen Victoria, but unofficially is more about kicking off the summer) is to get out of the city.

For anyone spending time in town, here’s a rundown of what’s open and what’s closed in Ottawa this weekend.

Retail, food, and alcohol

The Rideau Centre will stick to its regular hours on Saturday and Sunday (9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., respectively), but will be open for reduced hours on Monday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The St. Laurent Shopping Centre, on the other hand, is closed all day on Monday; ditto for Tanger Outlets and Bayshore. (All three will be open for regular hours on Saturday and Sunday.)

As for groceries, all of the Sobeys locations in the city will be closed on the holiday Monday.

You might have better luck going to Metro, depending on where you live and how far you are willing to travel: The Metro store on Rideau will maintain its 24-hour schedule, the McKeen Metro in the Glebe will be open for reduced hours, from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., and the Metro on Merivale Road in Nepean will be closed. A good rule of thumb is just to call ahead, since most stores dictate their own hours.

Most stores in the ByWard Market will stay open.

All Walmarts will be closed, but some like the Supercentre in Barrhaven will keep their garden centres open.

Oh, and stock up Saturday and Sunday on any beer and liquor you may need for early-morning royal wedding parties, because the LCBO and Beer Store are both closed Monday.

The Widow of Windsor preferred to water down her glasses of wine with … well, whisky, but if your celebrations are going to be slightly less spirituous than that, the downtown Wine Rack locations will be open for regular hours.

City services

City hall, as well as all seven of the client services locations across the city, will be closed on the holiday Monday, and will resume normal operation on Tuesday. The city’s provincial offences court, at 100 Constellation Cres., will also be closed for the day. The city’s 311 hotline will be open to deal with urgent matters.

Most city-run health clinics, including the sexual health centre, dental clinics, and Parenting in Ottawa drop-ins, will be closed. The Ottawa Public Health info line will also be closed, but you can leave a message and they will call you back within a day or two.

Museums and fun stuff

If you’re looking for a place to cool off and do some learning, the Canadian Museum of Nature will be open, as will the Canadian War Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, the Canada Science and Technology Museum and the Canadian Museum of History.

Many of the city’s pools, fitness centres, arenas and splash pads are slated to be open this weekend — but the city says it’s best to check with them directly, as each one is different. Most programs scheduled at these facilities, though, are cancelled for Monday. The Karsh-Masson Gallery, the Barbara Ann Scott Gallery and the City Hall Art Gallery at city hall will be open.

For the bookworms: libraries will be closed, too.

Parking and transportation

No change to any of the parking rules in the city, and OC Transpo is running on a Sunday schedule for Sunday and Monday (with a regular schedule on Saturday). The customer service centre in the Rideau Centre will be open, following the mall’s 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. hours, but all other service centres will be closed. The Information Centre hotline will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Para Transpo reservation line will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.


There will be no curbside garbage pickup on the holiday Monday. Garbage pickup will, however, be shifted back a day to compensate, meaning if your trash usually gets picked up on Mondays, it will be picked up on Tuesday next week instead.

The whole week gets shifted, with extra pickup on Saturday to make up for the lost day. If you live in a multi-residential unit, though, your garbage container collection will not be delayed.

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