What’s open and closed in Ottawa this Thanksgiving weekend

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Ottawa Citizen and Ottawa Sun do not publish print editions on Thanksgiving Monday, but we will keep you updated on ottawacitizen.com and ottawasun.com.


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In general, shopping is restricted on statutory holidays, although there are some local exceptions that allow retailers in certain areas of the city to operate, including at ByWard Market and Glebe.

Some other businesses such as restaurants, pharmacies and gas stations are exempt. Call in advance to check if and when a particular store will be open.

Most malls are closed on Mondays. Rideau Center and Tanger Outlets will be open from 10 to 18, but the shopping centers Bayshore, Carlingwood, St. Laurent, Place d’OrlĂ©ans and Billings Bridge will be closed. The hours listed for Thanksgiving Monday on the Rideau Center website are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

LCBO stores close. The beer shops will also be closed. Some grocery stores will remain open with holiday time Monday, including Loblaws stores on Rideau and Isabella streets, Whole Foods on Lansdowne and Farm Boy in the Rideau Center.


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Recreation and culture

Some municipal pools will be open for public swimming, with changed schedules, and some weight and cardio rooms will be open with changed schedules. Some drop-in fitness and sports activities are offered according to a changed schedule.

Most registered programs are canceled and participants are asked to contact the Information Center for information.

All branches in the Ottawa Public Library will be closed.

The National Gallery of Canada will be open, while the Ottawa Art Gallery will be closed.

Several museums operate on reduced hours and with prior online check-in.

The Canadian Museum of Nature, Canada’s Agriculture and Food, Aerospace and Science and Technology Museums will all be open. Check online or contact the museum for restrictions.


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The Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum are closed Monday, and so are they Diefenbunker.

Transit and parking

All bus services, including R1 replacement buses and O-Train Line 2 buses, run on Sunday. The OC Transpo customer service center in Rideau Center will be open from 10 to 16, while all other customer service centers remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Transpo’s customer service line at 613-741-4390 (613-741-5280 for TTY) will be available from 7 to 21

Para Transpo runs on a holiday on Monday, where all regularly scheduled trips are canceled automatically. Travel bookings are available via the online system or by calling 613-560-5000.


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All city parking rules apply to the holiday on Monday. You can find free parking at City Hall from Friday at. 18 to Tuesday at

Urban services

There will be no green trash, recycling or waste collection on Monday; pickup will take place instead on Tuesday and pickup will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. Waste containers for several homes will be collected as planned, but recycling, green bins and mass collection will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week.

The Trail waste facility will be open from 9 to 17. The city’s contact center at 311 will only be open for urgent municipal issues.

Customer Service Centers at City Hall, Ben Franklin Place, 580 Terry Fox Dr. and 255 Centrum Blvd. and the city’s Provincial Offenses Court at 100 Constellation Dr. will be closed.


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Health, Family and COVID-19

The Ottawa Mission will hold its annual Thanksgiving Holiday Dinner in its dining room at 35 Waller St. “Anyone in need or alone for the holidays”, reads a post on its website, “is welcome to come in for a delicious turkey dinner and fellowship between 11:30 and 17:00”

All municipal childcare centers are closed.

The city’s four COVID-19 vaccination clinics are closed on Mondays. That Ottawa Public Health Information Center and the COVID-19 Information Line will be closed. Visit the OPH COVID-19 test information page for operating hours and to book appointments at assessment centers and care clinics in Ottawa. Some test sites have adjusted opening hours.

Ottawa Public Health’s baby care, dental clinics, sexual health clinics and satellite clinics and site program office and supervised consumer services at Clarence St. 179 will be closed. However, the website’s van runs from kl. 17 to 23.30

The Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 vaccine booking line at 613-691-5505 will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



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