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Family Day is Monday, Feb. 19, and many cultural sites, attractions and stores will be operating on a different schedule or closed altogether.

It’s a holiday in Ontario, not for Quebec or federally

Skaters glide on the Rink of Dreams outside Ottawa City Hall in 2021. The rink is slated to be open on Family Day, weather permitting. (Jean Delisle/CBC)

Family Day is Monday, Feb. 19, and many cultural sites, attractions and stores will be operating on a different schedule or closed altogether.

It’s a provincial holiday for Ontario, but not in Quebec or federally.

To make sure you’re prepared, here’s a list of what’s open and closed during the holiday.

Shopping

  • The CF Rideau Centre will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tanger Outlets is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Bayshore Shopping Centre, Billings Bridge Shopping Centre, Carlingwood Shopping Centre, St. Laurent Shopping Centre and Place d’Orléans will all be closed.
  • LCBO outlets and Beer Stores will be closed.
  • Some Loblaws grocery stores will be open, for example 64 Isabella St. and 363 Rideau St. Hours may be slightly different than normal.
  • All Food Basics grocery stores in Ottawa will be closed. Smiths Falls and Brockville locations will be open.
  • All Farm Boy grocery stores will be closed except the location in the Rideau Centre.
  • The Whole Foods at Lansdowne Park will be open.
People cross a downtown city street in front of a mall entrance in autumn.
While the Rideau Centre will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Monday, several other malls in Ottawa will be closed. (Francis Ferland/CBC)

Travel

  • All City of Ottawa parking regulations and restrictions apply.
  • OC Transpo buses and the Confederation Line will run on a normal weekday schedule.
  • Route 301 to the Bayshore and Carlingwood malls will not be running.
  • Para Transpo recurring trips are automatically cancelled. The reservation line will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the cancellations line will be open from 6 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
  • OC Transpo’s customer service centre at the Rideau Centre will be open. 
  • OC Transpo’s lost and found at Heartwood House will be closed.

City Services

  • Most indoor pools, arenas and recreation and fitness centres will be open on a modified schedule; check the city’s website for specifics.
  • 311 will be only taking urgent calls.
  • There will be no curbside waste collection. It’s delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.
  • Multi-residential garbage containers will be collected on the regular scheduled day. Multi-residential recycling containers and green bins will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week.
  • The waste facility on Trail Road will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • All municipal child-care centres will be closed.
  • All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed, but online programs are running. Regular hours resume on Tuesday.

Public Health

  • Ottawa Public Health (OPH) directs people to its COVID-19 vaccination and testing pages for hours.
  • The Site program office and supervised consumption services at 179 Clarence St. will be closed. The Site mobile van will operate from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • The sexual health clinic and satellite clinics will be closed.
  • The OPH public health information centre will be closed.
  • OPH dental clinics will be closed.

Museums and galleries

  • The Canadian War Museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The National Gallery of Canada will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The nature, science, agriculture, aviation and history museums will be open.
  • The Ottawa Art Gallery will be closed.
  • Most city art centres and museums will be closed.
A man and woman walk over a large sticker of Earth. Behind them is a large whale fossil.
People visit the Canadian Museum of Nature in 2021. The museum will be open for visitors on Family Day. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Skating rinks

  • A stretch of the Rideau Canal Skateway is slated to open at noon on Sunday between Bank Street and the Pretoria Bridge.
  • The Rink of Dreams at city hall will be open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • The Lansdowne Park skating court will be open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • The Ben Franklin Place Skating Rink will be open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • The Jim Tubman Chevrolet Rink will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

All rink opening hours depend on the weather.

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