Summer is in full swing, with another long weekend nearly upon us. The ‘Civic Holiday’ is a funny one — it doesn’t really mean anything, but who doesn’t love a summer long weekend?
The Princess Street Promenade is taking place on Saturday, Jul. 30, and splash parks and the Culligan Water Park are open this weekend, so let’s hope it’s a nice one!
And August 1 this year will be the first time the City of Kingston marks Emancipation Day, along with community partners who’ve organized a number of events to recognize the day, which marks the date the British Parliament abolished slavery throughout the British Empire — including Canada — in 1834. A Black Community Gathering in Lake Ontario Park will take place on Sunday, Jul. 31, 2022, from 12 to 5 p.m. with games, music, storytelling, and more. Find out all about the events, workshops, and activities lined up in the weeks that follow here.
We’ve done our best to gather details on what is open and closed on the Civic Holiday, Monday, Aug. 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 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. 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 Monday. Collection will be shifted one day for all residents. Sign-up at CityofKingston.ca/collection to receive collection reminders by phone, text or email.
- Kingston Area Recycling Centre: Closed Monday.
- Kingston Transit: Buses run on a Sunday schedule on Monday.
- Kingston Access Services: Operates with limited service Monday. Call 613-542-2512 for information.
Arts and recreation
- Artillery Park Aquatic Centre: Closed Monday.
- Culligan Water Park: Open Monday.
- Kingston Frontenac Public Library: All branches closed Monday.
- CaraCo Home Field and Arenas: Closed Monday.
- INVISTA Centre: Closed Monday.
- Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and Confederation Basin marinas: Open Monday.
- Rideau Heights Community Centre & Library: Closed Monday.
- Grand Theatre Box Office: Closed Monday. Tickets for all shows can be purchased online 24 hours a day at kingstongrand.ca.
- Tett Centre: open Monday. Find events and programs at https://www.tettcentre.org/events/family-day-at-the-tett-1.
Some shops and grocery stores will be closed or have reduced hours on Monday, Aug. 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 open.
- Staples will be open.
- Both Loblaws locations will be open.
- Both No Frills locations will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- All Metro locations will be open.
- All Food Basics locations will be open.
- Farm Boy will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- The Foodland location in Amherstview will be open on from 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.
- The LCBO locations at Highway 15, Princess and Concession, Queen Mary and Bath, and in Amherstview will be closed and the remaining will be open regular hours.
- The Beer Store at 1675 Bath Road will be closed, and all other locations will be open from 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 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 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.