What’s open and closed for Canada Day 2021

Photo by Ellie Burgin.

We hope that everyone enjoys a safe Canada Day holiday. While not technically a long weekend, many City offices and services will be closed both Thursday and Friday.

Love Kingston Marketplace has some events occuring on Canada Day. If you choose to attend, remember to follow public health guidelines, including wearing a mask if you can’t maintain physical distancing. Look for these Love Kingston Marketplace activities:

  • Ontario Street will be closed from 11 a.m. until midnight to allow restaurants between Johnson and Clarence to expand onto the roadway.
  • There will be expanded patio operations in parking lay-by spaces on Princess, Brock and other participating downtown streets.
  • A Kids Corner will be set up in the amphitheatre of Springer Market Square adorned with Selfie Walls and ‘Chalk Art’ Stickers for posing.
  • Love Kingston Vending Stalls will operate in the Square from 6 to 10 p.m.
  • Muskoka Chairs will be available on Market Street (the street is closed to traffic).
  • Bistro at the Square – order items to your table from participating restaurants for contactless delivery by Sociavore.
  • This year’s Paved Paradise art installation is up at the corner of Brock and Ontario streets.
  • Arts Walk. This is a self-guided stroll along the waterfront from Doug Fluhrer Park to Lake Ontario Park noting public art works.

Here’s our list of what’s open and closed in the nation’s first capital on Thursday, Jul. 1, 2021:

City of Kingston offices and services

All City administrative offices (including Housing & Social Services and Provincial Offences on Montreal Street): Closed Thursday and Friday, July 1 and 2.

Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro: Closed July 1 and 2. In the event of a utility emergency, such as a gas smell, power outage or a water main break, call the Utilities Kingston 24-hour number at 613-546-1181. Hydro One electricity customers in the city’s west and east ends should call 1-800-434-1235. Enbridge customers can call 1-877-969-0999. Reminder for customers on time-of-use pricing: for electricity used on weekends and holidays – like Canada Day, July 1 – prices are off-peak.

Garbage, green bin and recycling: No collection on Thursday, Jul. 1. For the rest of the week, collection moves to the day after your normal pick-up day. Sign up to receive reminders of what to put out for collection and when.

Kingston Area Recycling Centre: Closed July 1 and 2.

Kingston Transit: Buses will run on a Sunday schedule on July 1. Please see CityofKingston.ca/residents/transit/service-alerts for COVID-19-related service changes.

Kingston Access Services: Operates with limited service Thursday, Jul. 1. Call 613-542-2512.

Arenas, Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, INVISTA Centre (including Fitness & Wellness Centre), Rideau Heights Community Centre & Library: Remain closed due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Outdoor Aqua Park: Open July 1, 6 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.  View the pool schedule and register for a program at www.CityofKingston.ca/PLAY.  Program registration opens one week before programs start.

Splash pads: Open.

Libraries: Closed on July 1. Services and digital collections can be accessed online.

Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and Confederation Basin Marinas: Open.

PumpHouse Museum and MacLachlan Woodworking Museum: Closed due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Grand Theatre Box Office: Remains closed due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Tett Centre: Closed Jul. 1. The Juniper Cafe will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (patio only.)

Kingston Fire & Rescue reminds you that lighting your own fireworks can be dangerous. If you choose to do so, follow the safety guidelines at www.CityofKingston.ca/residents/emergency-services/kingston-fire-rescue/safety-prevention/outdoor.

Shopping and Grocery Stores

Many shops, grocery stores, and other local businesses will be closed or have reduced hours on Thursday, Jul. 1, 2021. Call ahead to find out whether your favourite stores or restaurants are open.

The Cataraqui Centre will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Walmart will be open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Costco will be closed.

Staples will be closed.

Both Loblaws locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The No Frills Division Street location will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the Coverdale Drive location will be closed.

The Metro locations will be closed.

Food Basics locations at 1225 Princess Street, at the Frontenac Mall and on Hwy 15 will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Barrack St. location will be closed.

Farm Boy will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

FreshCo will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All Beer Stores will be closed except 290 Concession Street which is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All LCBO locations will be closed.

Many Shoppers Drug Mart locations will be open. Individual store hours may vary otherwise. Click here to search store hours in Kingston.

Many downtown Kingston stores and restaurants are open for patio dining, curbside pickup, or delivery. Call ahead to find out what your favourite stores and restaurants are doing.

Banks and post offices

A majority of banks and post offices will be closed Thursday, Jul. 1. Call your branch ahead of time to find out.


As always, Kingstonist is open. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the goings-on in the city, as they happen. We will also be happy to hear from you if there is something you think we should know about. Please reach out to us on Twitter, Facebook or via our contact page any time.

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