What’s open and closed in Kingston over the Easter weekend 2024

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The upcoming long weekend is often when it truly starts to feel like spring. It’s also a time when many gather with family and friends for Easter, Passover, or Ramadan festivities.

Whether you’re enjoying some down time away from work, or organizing a huge community Easter egg hunt, you don’t want to find yourself unable to grab some drinks for while you watch the game, or without the much-needed matzo for a beloved family recipe when all the grocery stores are closed! And no one likes to put out their garbage for collection off schedule, only to find the local raccoons have held their own family dinner sourced from you trash can right on your front lawn.

To help you get your shopping and business done ahead of time, we’ve compiled a list of what is and isn’t open from Friday, Mar. 29 to Monday, Apr. 1, 2023.

City of Kingston offices and services

  • All City administrative offices (including housing and social services and Provincial Offences on Montreal Street): Closed Friday through Monday.
  • Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro: Closed Friday and 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 — including Good Friday – prices are off-peak.
  • Garbage, green bin and recycling: No collection Friday or Monday. Friday’s material will be collected on Saturday. Monday’s collection moves to Tuesday, and collection moves forward a day for the rest of the week. Sign-up at CityofKingston.ca/collection to receive collection reminders by phone or email – or get the FREE “Kingston Waste” app on your Apple or Android device.
  • Kingston Area Recycling Centre: Closed Friday and Monday. Open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Public Transportation

  • Kingston Transit: There is no bus service on Friday. Buses will provide regular service hours on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
  • Kingston Access Services: No on-road service on Friday, regular service on Saturday and Sunday, with limited service on Monday. Call 613-542-2512 for information. KAS offices are closed on Friday, and open regular hours on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday it will be open 7:30 to 11 a.m.

Arts and recreation

  • Artillery Park, Rideau Heights Community Centre, and Kingston East Community Centre: Closed Friday and Monday. Open regular hours on Saturday and Sunday.
  • INVISTA Centre: Open Friday for a tournament, but fitness centre closed Friday. Closed Monday, with regular hours Saturday and Sunday
  • Kingston Frontenac Public Library: All branches closed Friday, Sunday and Monday. Open regular hours on Saturday.
  • Grand Theatre Box Office: Open on Friday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 12 to 4:30 p.m. Tickets for all shows can be purchased online 24 hours a day at KingstonGrand.ca
  • Tett Centre: Closed on Friday and Monday. Open regular hours on Saturday and Sunday.

Shopping

Some shops and grocery stores will be closed or have reduced hours on Friday, Sunday or Monday. Please check with individual locations for store hours. Here is what we know regarding closures:

  • The Cataraqui Centre will be closed Friday and Sunday.
  • Walmart will be closed on Friday and Sunday.
  • Costco will be closed Friday and Sunday.
  • Staples will be closed Friday and Sunday.
  • Both Loblaws locations will be closed Friday and Sunday.
  • All No Frills locations will be closed Friday and Sunday.
  • All Metro locations will be closed Friday and Sunday.
  • All Food Basics locations will be closed Friday and Sunday.
  • Farm Boy will be closed Friday and Sunday.
  • The Foodland location in Amherstview will be open on Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • FreshCo will be closed Friday and Sunday.
  • Van Wart’s Your Independent Grocer will be closed Friday and Sunday.
  • All LCBO locations and all Beer Store locations will be closed both Friday and Sunday. Some may have altered hours on Monday.
  • 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

Post offices will be closed Friday, Sunday, and Monday. Banks may have reduced hours. Call your branch ahead of time to find out.

News

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