What’s open, closed and happening in Kingston for Family Day 2024

Photo by Tim Mossholder.

The upcoming long weekend is all about spending time with family – it says so right in the name! This year, Family Day falls on Monday, Feb. 19, and while the weather looks a bit snowy, we know you’ll find fun or relaxing ways to spend the holiday.

Family Day weekend is one of four free fishing weekends in Ontario. The Ontario newsroom shared a link to family fishing events planned across the province. Read the full media release here.

To help you get the most out of the long weekend, we’ve put together some fun and free (or low cost) events taking place over Family Day weekend. Take a look!

Whatever you do this Family Day long weekend, stay safe on the roads, remember to dress for the weather, and enjoy some time in this awesome city. Here, we’ve laid out what’s open and closed on Family Day, and the City services and facilities affected by the holiday.

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 — including Family Day, February 19 – 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 – or get the FREE ‘Kingston Waste’ app on your Apple or Android device.
  • Kingston Area Recycling Centre: Closed Monday

Public Transportation

  • Kingston Transit: On Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, buses will run on a Sunday schedule, except for the Route 18, which will operate on its regular weekday schedule. The Queen’s University late-night Route 17 will be suspended from Friday, Feb. 16 to Sunday, Feb. 25 (the last run will be overnight Thursday, Feb. 15/Friday, Feb. 16 and will resume Monday, Feb. 26th/Tuesday, Feb. 27). Route 20 will be suspended Monday, Feb. 19 – Friday, Feb. 23 (the last run will be Friday, Feb. 16 and will resume Monday, Feb. 26). 
  • Kingston Access Services: Operates with limited service Monday. Call 613-542-2512 for information.

Arts and recreation

  • Artillery Park Aquatic Centre: Open Monday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Kingston Frontenac Public Library: All branches closed Monday.
  • INVISTA Centre: Fitness centre open on Monday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Front desk open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Ice bookings will be available 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. 
  • Kingston East Community Centre: Open on Monday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Rideau Heights Community Centre: Open on Monday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • 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.


Some shops and grocery stores will be closed or have reduced hours on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024. Please check with individual locations for store hours. Here is what we know regarding closures:

  • The Cataraqui Centre will be closed.
  • Walmart will be closed.
  • Costco will be closed.
  • Staples will be closed.
  • Both Loblaws locations will be closed
  • All No Frills locations will be closed.
  • All Metro locations will be closed.
  • All Food Basics locations will be closed.
  • Farm Boy will be closed.
  • The Foodland location in Amherstview will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • FreshCo will be closed.
  • Van Wart’s Your Independent Grocer will be closed.
  • All LCBO locations will be closed and all Beer Store locations will be closed.
  • 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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