While the lovely, sunny weather that Ottawans have enjoyed recently is expected to tail-off as the weekend begins, a cozy, fall-like Saturday will start the long-weekend off right. With three whole days off this weekend, it’s worth knowing exactly what will be, and what won’t be, open this long-weekend, so you don’t end up getting caught short when Thanksgiving rolls around!

While many people like to keep cozy and chill out over the long Thanksgiving weekend, for those who are hosting, cooking or throwing a party, it’s worth knowing what will be open and when. If something goes wrong with the turkey, or you need an extra bottle of wine, Ottawans need to be prepared!

Fortunately for those looking to have as little disruption to their usual schedule as possible, many of Ottawa’s grocery stores, shopping malls and transportation systems will open and run as usual throughout Saturday and Sunday.

On Monday however, you can expect Ottawa's transit to be running a lot slower than usual, and prepare for most of your favourite stores to be completely closed for the day. 

Make some notes in your diary, because here is exactly what is and isn’t open on Thanksgiving Monday:

Most shopping malls in the city will be closed, but Ottawa’s Rideau Centre will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Some businesses in the ByWard Market are also expected to be open on Monday to cater for tourists and shoppers, but not all of them! Be sure to contact individual businesses beforehand to double-check.

While many supermarkets and grocery stores in the city will close for the day, some will open for limited hours. This includes Whole Foods (Lansdowne) which will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Loblaws on Isabella Street, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the Loblaws on Rideau Street, which will be open 24hours.

The Karsh-Masson Gallery, Barbara Ann Scott Gallery, City Hall Art Gallery and the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame at City Hall will be all be open on Monday.

All of the city’s major museums, including the Nature, History, Science and Technology and War Museum, will all be open as usual.

All other City of Ottawa arts centres, galleries, theatres and smaller museums will be closed.

Ottawa’s transit services will be running throughout the long weekend, including through until Monday. That said, OC Transpo buses, the Confederation Line and the Trillium Line will operate on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Monday.

Most customer service centres will be closed for the whole day on Monday, but the Rideau Centre OC Transpo Customer Service Centre will be in operation between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

If you're making big plans for the weekend, using public transit, or heading to a particular store or business, it is always worth checking and double-checking their holiday hours.

Whatever you decide to do, stay safe and enjoy your long weekend!

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