May 18, 2018 10:00 am
Updated: May 18, 2018 10:05 am

What’s open and what’s closed in Ottawa this long weekend

A woman takes pictures of tulips at the Canadian Tulip Festival at Major's Hill Park last May.

The Canadian Press / Justin Tang

Here’s a roundup of what you can expect as Ottawa heads into a long weekend.

What’s open

  • The Rideau Centre will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday.
  • The Canadian Tulip Festival continues in full bloom this weekend at Lansdowne, Dow’s Lake, Commissioner’s Park, the ByWard Market and in various locations along the Rideau Canal.
  • Many pools, fitness centres and some arenas will be open on Victoria Day for public swimming, fitness schedules, aquafitness and public skating with modified schedules. Please check with or the facility of your choice for details.
  • The City’s 311 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters requiring the City’s immediate attention.
  • OC Transpo customer service centre at the Rideau Centre will be open on Victoria Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

What’s closed

  • The Bayshore and St. Laurent Shopping centres will be closed on Monday.
  • Arts centres, galleries, theatres and museums will be closed. However, clients should check with or their facility to confirm holiday hours, as some exceptions may apply.
  • All Municipal Child Care Centres will be closed.
  • There will be no curbside green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Victoria Day. Victoria Day’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, May 22.

Getting around

  • OC Transpo service will operate on a Sunday schedule on Victoria Day. On Victoria Day, a family or group may travel all day with a DayPass, which can be purchased for $10.50 on the bus or at a ticket machine at O-Train Line 2 stations. A family or group can include up to six people with a maximum of two who are ages 13 or older.
  • All City of Ottawa parking regulations and restrictions will apply during this time.


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