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Thanksgiving in Ottawa

Banks, many city services and stores in Ottawa are closed for Thanksgiving Monday but advance polling stations for the federal election are open.

Vote early

Election Day is not until Oct. 19, but you can vote early on four advance voting days from Friday, Oct. 9 through Monday, Oct. 12, from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. The polls are open for 12 hours on election day, from 9:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Visit Elections Canada online for more details.

Food, drink and shopping

  • The Metro on Rideau Street remains open 24 hours on Monday, Oct. 12.
  • The Loblaws on Rideau Street will be open 24 hours on Monday. 
  • The Wine Rack on Rideau Street will be open but ask that you call in advance to confirm hours.
  • All LCBO and Beer Store locations in Ottawa will be closed on Monday, Oct. 12 and resume business on Tuesday, Oct. 13.
  • The Rideau Centre will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

National museums and galleries

  • The National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Nature, which are usually closed on Mondays, are open on Thanksgiving Monday.
  • The Canadian War Museum and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa, as well as the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau are open on Thanksgiving Monday.
  • The Canada Science and Technology Museum remains closed as it undergoes repairs.


City of Ottawa (including transit, garbage and recreation)

City services

  • City Hall and all seven client service centres will be closed. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, Oct. 13.
  • Provincial Offences Court, at 100 Constellation Cr., will also be closed on Thanksgiving Monday.
  • The 311 contact centre will be open for urgent matters requiring the city’s immediate attention. Call 311 or 613-580-2400 to speak to a customer service representative. For persons with a hearing-related disability, call TTY: 613-580-2401.

Garbage, green bin and recycling collection

  • There will be no curbside green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Thanksgiving Day. Collections schedules will be delayed by one day for the week, with Saturday, Oct. 17 making up for the missed day.


  • All City of Ottawa parking regulations and restrictions will apply on Thanksgiving Day.

Transit service

  • OC Transpo and the O-Train will operate on a Sunday schedule. Call 613-560-1000 or text 560560 plus your four-digit bus stop number for automated schedule information. For more information, holiday schedules and travel planning, phone 613-741-4390 or visit
  • OC Transpo Sales and Information Centres will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Rideau Centre.
  • The OC Transpo Information Centre (613-741-4390) will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The OC Transpo Customer Relations Department (613-842-3600) will be closed.
  • Para Transpo will operate on a holiday service on Thanksgiving Monday. Regular scheduled trips are automatically cancelled. Customers may book trips on or after Oct. 5 by calling 613-244-7272.

Recreation services

  • Some pools and fitness centres will be open for public swimming and fitness classes, with modified schedules. Please check with or the facility of your choice for details.
  • Most registered programs at swimming pools, community centres and arenas are cancelled. Check with individual facilities to confirm, as some exceptions will apply.

Ottawa Public Health

  • The SITE Mobile Van will be operating from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Monday.
  • The Sexual Health Centre and satellite clinics, SITE office, dental clinics and Well Baby Drop-In will be closed.
  • The Ottawa Public Health Information Line will be closed. Messages will be returned the following day.

Municipal child care services

  • City-operated child care centres will be closed.

Ottawa Public Library

  • All branches, departments and services of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed on Monday.


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