Family Day in Ottawa: What’s Open?

Family Day in Ottawa: What’s Open?

February 15, 2016 is Family Day in Ottawa. As a provincial statutory holiday in Ontario, everything is as usual in Quebec and (unfortunately for Federal employees), goverment operations continue as normal. Here’s a list of what is open, closed, or operating on a reduced schedule on Family Day:



  • The Rideau Centre is open from 10 am to 6 pm.
  • Stores in the Byward Market are open (store hours may vary).
  • Select Wine Racks and grocery stores are open, including Loblaws and Metro on Rideau Street.


  • All other malls (including Bayshore, St. Laurent, Place D’Orleans)
  • All LCBO/Beer stores.
  • Most grocery stores.


  • OC Transpo will operate on a weekday schedule with some minor reductions – please check before travelling.
  • Para Transpo will operate on a holiday schedule.
  • All parking regulations apply as usual.

Museums & Culture

  • Most museums are open (War Museum, Nature, National Gallery)
  • Ottawa Public Library is closed


  • Rideau Canal is open (weather permitting)
  • Rink of Dreams at City Hall is open 6 am to 11 pm (including Mayor skate 11 am – 2 pm)
  • Skating court at Lansdowne Park open (6 am to 11 pm)
  • Ben Franklin Place rink open (11 am to 8 pm)
  • Most community centres/recreational facilities will be working on individual schedules – please check in advance.


  • No curbside garbage/green bin/recycling collection on Monday. Collection will resume on Tuesday, February 16, with pickup delayed one day throughout week.

Have a wonderful Family Day, everyone!

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