The Canada Day long weekend is upon us, with celebrations happening around the community. The City of Kingston has put together a page of happenings around the city, which can be viewed here.
In downtown Kingston, Ontario Street between Clarence and Johnson will be closed to vehicular traffic from 11 a.m. into the evening hours, so Ontario Street restaurants can extend their patios. According to Downtown Kingston!, the Ontario Street closure will run from Friday, Jul. 1 to Sunday, Jul. 3, 2022, for residents and visitors alike to “enjoy delicious drinks, yummy food, and sunny skies.”
Don’t forget about Music in the Park – The July 1st Edition runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Confederation Park. See live performances by these local musicians:
- 11 a.m. – Panache Eh
- 1 p.m. – Ollin’s Drum Circle
- 3 p.m. – The Empties
- 5 p.m. – Zebulun Barnow
- 7 p.m. – Mauricio Montecinos & the Latin Beat Band
- 9 p.m. – KaKaow
For those who really want to dance off their dinner, Downtown Kingston! recommends heading to the amphitheatre in Springer Market Square for Big Band Friday, featuring the Taylor Donaldson Swing Band. Beginning at 7 p.m., Big Band Friday is “the ultimate throwback to an era of romantic, joyful and jazzy songs that will have your toes tapping.”
The City, in partnership with Kingston Fire & Rescue, encourages all community members to leave the fireworks show to the experts. The City will host a free fireworks display, as part of the city-wide celebrations. The show is slated to start at 10 p.m. and, according to the City, the best place to experience the show is Confederation Basin.
In South Frontenac Township, Canada Day activities have returned after a two-year hiatus. “With the lifting of restrictions and a dedicated group of volunteer residents, Canada Day activities have been scheduled to take place in Godfrey (Glendower), Harrowsmith, Sunbury, and Sydenham,” said Mayor Ron Vandewal.
To accommodate various events happening across the Township, some temporary road closures will need to occur, the Township stated. Battersea Rd and Sunbury Rd will be closed between 3910 Battersea Rd to the Sunbury Rd intersection, and on Sunbury Rd from the intersection to the entrance of Gerald Ball Memorial Park from approximately 12:50 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. for the Sunbury Canada Day parade. In Sydenham, the Cataraqui Trail will be closed between the George St. and Clearwater Rd trailheads from 12 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Jul. 1. This is required to ensure public safety for the Sydenham Canada Day fireworks display – alternate routes will be posted on the trailhead gates.
The full schedule of events across South Frontenac Township is available at https://www.southfrontenac.net/en/things-to-do/CanadaDay. Fireworks will cap off the celebrations at 9:45 p.m. in Sydenham, Harrowsmith and Sunbury.
We’ve done our best to gather details on what is open and closed in Canada’s first capital on Friday, Jul. 1, 2022, as well as information regarding affected City services.
City of Kingston offices and services
- All City administrative offices (including housing and social services and Provincial Offences on Montreal Street): Closed Friday.
- Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro: Closed at noon beginning on Thursday, Jun. 30 and will reopen Monday, Jul. 4. In the event of a utility emergency, such as a gas smell, power outage, or a water main break, call Utilities Kingston/Kingston Hydro’s 24-hour number at 613-546-1181. (Hydro One electricity customers in City west and east can call 1-800-434-1235. Enbridge Gas customers can call 1-877-969-0999.) Reminder for customers on time-of-use pricing: for electricity used on weekends and holidays prices are off-peak.
- Garbage, green bin and recycling: No collection on Friday. Regular Friday collection will be pushed to Saturday, July 2. Sign-up at CityofKingston.ca/collection to receive collection reminders by phone, text or email.
- Kingston Area Recycling Centre: Closed Friday.
- Kingston Transit: Buses run on a Sunday schedule on Friday.
- Kingston Access Services: Operates with limited service Friday. Call 613-542-2512 for information.
Arts and recreation
- Artillery Park Aquatic Centre: Closed Friday.
- Kingston Frontenac Public Library: All branches closed Friday, except Rideau Heights (see below). Services and digital collections can be accessed online. Don’t have a library card? Register online.
- CaraCo Home Field and Arenas: Closed Friday.
- INVISTA Centre: Closed Friday.
- Rideau Heights Community Centre & Library: Open Friday. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., for Canada Day activities.
- Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and Confederation Basin marinas: Open Friday.
- Grand Theatre Box Office: Closed Friday. Tickets for all shows can be purchased online 24 hours a day at kingstongrand.ca.
- Tett Centre: Closed Friday.
- PumpHouse Museum: Closed Friday.
Some shops and grocery stores will be closed or have reduced hours on Friday, Jul. 1, 2022. Please check with individual locations for store hours. Here is what we know regarding closures:
- The Cataraqui Centre will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Walmart will be open.
- Costco will be closed.
- Staples will be open.
- Both Loblaws locations will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- The Coverdale No Frills will be closed, and the Division Street location will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- All Metro locations will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- The Food Basics downtown will be closed, and the other locations will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Farm Boy will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- The Foodland location in Amherstview will be open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- FreshCo will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Van Wart’s Your Independent Grocer will be open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- All LCBO locations will be closed
- Beer Store locations vary: The Dalton Avenue, Midland Avenue, and Bath Road locations will be closed; Concession Street and Princess Street, will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Most Shoppers Drug Mart locations will be open throughout the weekend for regular hours, but some may vary. Click here to search store hours in Kingston.
- Many downtown Kingston businesses do open on holidays, but all keep their own hours. Call ahead to find out whether your favourite stores or restaurants are open.
Banks and post offices
A majority of banks and post offices will be closed Friday. Call your branch ahead of time to find out.
As always, Kingstonist will be 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.