What’s open and closed Victoria Day long weekend 2023

Photo by Artem Beliaikin.

Victoria Day weekend is often considered the unofficial kick-off to summer. The holiday long weekend has long been touted as the “planting weekend” by gardeners and is often the first barbeque or patio celebration for everyone.

This weekend, ‘Spring into Summer’ with Utilities Kingston: On Saturday, May 20, 2023, attend a free family event, now at the Leon’s Centre. The fun starts at 1 p.m. with daytime activities and live music. Originally planned for Lake Ontario Park, all the festivities will now take place indoors due to the significant chance of rain.

Don’t forget that City requires Kingston residents to register for a burn permit if outdoor fires are planned.

If you’re planning on heading downtown, don’t forget to check out the new Kingston Mini Putt installation on Sydenham Street (between Princess and Queen Streets), which officially opens to the public on Friday, May 19, 2023.

The City of Kingston wishes all residents a safe and happy long weekend, and thanks those people who will be working this weekend to keep our community running — and entertained!

And, as always, Kingstonist brings you a list of what’s open and closed on the holiday, Victoria Day, Monday, May 22, 2023, 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 and collection moves to the day after your normal pick-up day for the rest of the week. 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, May 22, 2023, except the Route 18, which will operate on its regular weekday schedule. Transit will be free on all routes, all day Saturday, May 20.
  • Kingston Access Services: Operates with limited service Monday. Call 613-542-2512 for information.

Arts and recreation

  • Artillery Park Aquatic Centre: Closed Monday.
  • Kingston Frontenac Public Library: All branches closed Monday. Services and digital collections can be accessed online. Don’t have a library card? Register online.
  • CaraCo Home Field and Arenas: Closed Monday.
  • INVISTA Centre: Closed Monday.
  • Rideau Heights Community Centre & Library: Closed Monday.
  • Kingston East Community Centre: Closed Monday
  • Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and Confederation Basin marinas: Open Monday.
  • Grand Theatre Box Office: Closed Sunday and Monday. Tickets for all shows can be purchased online 24 hours a day at kingstongrand.ca.
  • Tett Centre: Closed Monday.
  • PumpHouse Museum: Closed Monday.  


Some shops and grocery stores will be closed or have reduced hours on Monday, May 22, 2023. 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 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Costco will be open regular hours.
  • Staples will be closed.
  • Both Loblaws locations will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • All No Frills locations will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • All Metro locations will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • All Food Basics locations will be open regular hours except the Barrack Street location which will close at 6 p.m.
  • Farm Boy will be open 8 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: The Dalton Avenue, 500 Princess Street, and 1675 Bath Road locations will be closed, while the Midland Avenue and Concession Street locations 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 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 TwitterFacebook or via our contact page any time.

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