What’s open, what’s closed in Ottawa on Family Day 2020

It’s here — the first long weekend of 2020. If you’re looking to knock some errands off your to-do list or plan a Family Day activity, read on to find out what’s open and closed in Ottawa on Monday, Feb. 17.

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Food and drink

While many grocery stores are closed on Feb. 17, a handful are keeping their doors open. Please call individual store locations to double-check their hours.

  • Loblaws on Rideau Street is open 24 hours.
  • Loblaws on Isabella Street in the Glebe is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Metro on Bank Street in the Glebe is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Whole Foods at Lansdowne Park is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • All LCBO and Beer Store locations are closed for the day.

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Shopping

All of Ottawa’s major shopping malls are shutting their doors, except for the Rideau Centre downtown, which is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Some drug stores, like Shoppers and Rexall, are open, but it depends on the location. Contact a specific store to double-check its holiday hours.

Call any independent businesses for their store hours.

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Museums

  • The National Gallery of Canada is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Canadian Museum of Nature is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Canadian War Museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m

Other

Banks are closed.

The ByTowne Cinema, Mayfair Theatre and all Cineplex movie theatres are open.

Check here for the status of the Rideau Canal Skateway.

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City of Ottawa services (find the full list here)

  • Ottawa City Hall and all seven of the city’s client service centres are closed.
  • The provincial offences court at 100 Constellation Cres. is closed.
  • For garbage, recycling and green bins:
    • No curbside collection on Family Day.
    • Family Day pickup will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 18.
    • All collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.
    • The Trail Road waste facility is closed.
  • All Ottawa Public Library branches and services are closed.
  • For Ottawa Public Health:
    • The sexual health clinic and satellite clinics are closed.
    • The site needle and syringe program office at 179 Clarence St., including supervised consumption services, are closed.
    • The site mobile van will operate from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • All municipal child care centres are closed.
  • City of Ottawa arts centres, galleries, theatres and museums are closed — except for the Karsh-Masson Gallery, the Barbara Ann Scott Gallery and the gallery at city hall, which will remain open.
  • Some indoor pools, arenas and fitness centres are operating on modified schedules. Check ottawa.ca for details.
  • The 311 contact centre is open for urgent matters that need the city’s immediate attention.

Transit

  • OC Transpo buses are operating on a reduced weekday schedule on Family Day. Check timetables at octranspo.com.
  • The O-Train lines — the Confederation Line and the Trillium Line — are running on a normal weekday schedule.
  • For OC Transpo customer service centres:
    • The centre at the Rideau mall is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • The centres at Lincoln Fields, Place d’Orléans and St. Laurent stations are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • The customer service phone line (613-741-4390) is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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  • Para Transpo is operating a holiday service on Family Day. Regularly scheduled trips are automatically cancelled.
  • Para Transpo riders can book trips for Feb. 17 by calling 613-244-7272 starting on Feb. 10.
  • For Para Transpo operations:
    • The taxi coupon booking line (613-842-3670) is open.
    • The line for reservations (613-244-7272) is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • The line for trip cancellations and general inquiries (613-244-4636) is open from 6 a.m. to midnight.

Parking and roads

  • All City of Ottawa parking regulations and restrictions will apply on Family Day Monday.
  • Free parking is available at city hall’s underground garage.

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