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Monday, May 22, 2022 is a stat holiday in Ontario and Quebec.
Groceries, Beer and Shopping:
Most grocery stores and retail outlets in Ontario are closed on Monday.
If you do need last-minute groceries, many Shoppers Drug Mart stores open on the holidays, along with some IDA stores.
The Rideau Centre is open on Monday (10am-6pm) but other Ontario malls are closed. The Farm Boy inside Rideau Centre will be open.
Whole Foods at Lansdowne is open on Monday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Metro in the Glebe is also open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Loblaws on Isabella Street is open 7–6. The one on Rideau Street will be open 7–10.
Some of the grocery stores in Chinatown (Somerset Street West) will be open.
Over in Gatineau, Monday’s known as “Fête des Patriotes”. To celebrate, most businesses are closed but malls and grocery stores stay open. Les Promenades is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Some Beer Stores will be open on Monday, including College Square, the one at 1860 Bank St., and 548 Montreal Rd. They will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday. (Home delivery will not be available on Monday.)
All the big LCBO stores are closed on Monday. Some LCBO agency stores may be open on Monday, and some LCBO’s will have extended hours on the weekend. They don’t call it May 2-4 for nothing.
Most SAQ stores (wine, liquor, beer) are open on Monday.
You can also grab beer at many local brewpubs. For example, the Lowertown Brewery at 73 York St., Vimy Brewing Co. at 830 Industrial, Ridge Rock in Carp, and Overflow Brewery on Kaladar. There are many other craft brewers to choose from, so it’s a good idea to call ahead before heading out to your favourite local brewer!
The Winerack at 54 ByWard Market Sq. is open every day this long weekend.
Many garden stores – independent stores and big box garden centres – will open on Monday. Call ahead to confirm.
The Walmart in Smith Falls is open on Monday from 8am-5pm.
Banks are closed on Monday.
Need a doctor or emergency care?
You can find healthcare services open during holidays by checking holidayhours.ca
The Tulip Festival continues all weekend at Commissioners park.
Check out a National Museum!
Cinemas are open.
If you’re setting off fireworks, bear in mind they can only be fired off on Sunday, on Victoria Day, or on Tuesday. The fireworks by-law is here...
No recycling or garbage or green bin collection on Monday. All pick-ups are delayed by a day for the rest of the week.
All parking regulations and restrictions apply.
OC Transpo operates on a Sunday schedule on Victoria Day.
City Hall and Ottawa Client Service Centres are closed on Monday.
City-run libraries, archives, and cultural centres are closed on Monday.
Here is a press release from the city with more info
Stuff to Do
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It’s springtime at The Log Farm! Settled in 1854 by the Bradley family, the Log Farm offers an interesting glimpse into history with lots of family-friendly fun such as friendly animals, play areas for kids and more. They’re open today and tomorrow 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
RCMP Musical Rides: There is one more on Tuesday (the 150th anniversary of the RCMP’s creation) at 7 p.m. Featuring the RCMP Pipes, Drums and Dancers, Capital Cowgirls and the Governor General's Foot Guards Band. The show ends with a performance by the world-famous Musical Ride. Free admission, arrive early to get a good spot. More info…
Family fun weekends at the Bank of Canada Museum: Explore careers, build financial goals, see money’s diversity, or just have a good time with scissors, paper and tape. More info…
Take a journey into the rainforest at the Museum of Nature’s new exhibit Under the Canopy: Animals of the Rainforest, which has just opened and will be on until January.
From June 7 to August 27, enjoy free music each Wednesday and Sunday at Ottawa Bagelshop Musicfest 2023. Forty-eight Ottawa artists are slated to appear over the course of the festival.
Tickets are on sale now for the AERO Gatineau/Ottawa airshow which takes place September 15-17.