What’s open and closed for Canada Day long weekend

Photo by Artem Beliaikin.

Happy Canada Day weekend, everyone!

It’s been 152 years since the British North America Act (Constitution Act) came into effect, uniting of the colonies of Canada, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, a crucial milestone in the formation of modern day Canada.

And it’s also a time when those here in the nation’s first capital like to celebrate with family and friends, either privately, or by joining in the Canada Day festivities in Kingston or the surrounding areas.

Have a safe and happy Canada Day!

City of Kingston offices and services

  • All City administrative offices (including housing and social services and Provincial Offences on Montreal Street): Closed Monday.
  • Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro: Closed Monday. 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. Union Gas customers can call 1-877-969-0999). Remember: off-peak pricing applies to electricity used on weekends and holidays including Canada Day
  • Garbage, green bin and recycling:  No collection on Monday and collection moves to the day after your normal pick-up day for the rest of the week. Sign-up to be reminded what to put out when at www.CityofKingston.ca/collection. The Kingston Area Recycling Centre is closed Monday.

Public Transportation

  • Kingston Transit: Buses run on a Sunday schedule on Monday, Jul. 1 (Route 18 will run on a weekday schedule). Plan your bus trip with Google Transit: www.kingstontransit.ca/tripplanner.
  • Kingston Access Services: Operates with limited service Monday. Call 613-542-2512.

Arts and recreation

  • Kingston Frontenac Public Library: All branches closed Monday.
  • Outdoor Aqua Park, splash pads and wading pools: Splash pads and the McBurney Park wading pool are open all weekend.   
  • Arenas: Closed Monday.
  • INVISTA Centre/Fitness & Wellness Centre: Closed Monday.
  • Artillery Park Aquatic Centre:  Closed Monday.
  • Rideau Heights Community Centre & Library: Closed Monday.
  • Libraries: All branches of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library are closed on Monday.
  • Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and Confederation Basin Marinas: Open. 
  • City Hall: Closed Monday (no tours).
  • PumpHouse: Closed Monday.
  • MacLachlan Woodworking Museum: Closed Monday.
  • Grand Theatre Box Office: Closed Monday. Administrative offices will also be closed on Monday.
  • Tett Centre: Closed Monday.


Many stores and grocery stores will be closed or have reduced hours on Monday, Jul. 1, 2019. Please check with individual locations for store hours. Here’s is what we know for certain regarding closures:

  • The Cataraqui Centre will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Walmart will be open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. 
  • Costco will be closed.
  • The Frontenac Mall will be closed.
  • Staples will be closed.
  • Both Loblaws locations will be open (Princess Street 24 hours, Midland Avenue 7 a.m. to 11p.m.)
  • The No Frills Division Street location will be open 8 a.m. to 9p.m., and the Coverdale Drive location will be closed.
  • The Metro Barrie Street, Gardiners Road, and Bayridge Drive locations will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • All Food Basics locations will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 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 Store and LCBO locations will be closed.
  • Many Shoppers Drug Mart locations will be open throughout the weekend, but with varying hours. 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 Monday. 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 it happens. 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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