What’s Open and Closed in Ottawa This Remembrance Day

With things slowly starting to get back to normal and more events getting the green light, that includes Remembrance Day ceremonies in the Capital.


The Royal Canadian Legion will welcome attendees to the National Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial as long as they keep their distance and wear a mask. Other ceremonies around Ottawa include those at Beechwood Cemetery, the Canadian War Museum, and various Legion locations in all areas of the city.


Many businesses in the city will be operating with modified hours.



Most businesses won’t open until 12:30 p.m. in accordance with the city’s Remembrance Day bylaw, but restaurants, gas stations, convenience stores, and small grocery stores and pharmacies are allowed to operate as usual.


City Services

There will be no change to garbage pickup this week.

All usual city parking restrictions will be in effect with city hall offering free parking to uniformed veterans or those with veterans’ licence plates between 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. OC Transpo will operate with it’s normal weekday schedule.

All city operated childcare locations will be closed.


Health Services

All COVID-19 testing centers will remain open, with the exception of the Centretown Community Health Centre. You will still be able to call the COVID vaccine booking line between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.



All of the museums in the Capital will be open, with the Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Museum of History offering free admission. The Diefenbunker will also be open, with free admission for veterans, current military members and their families. All City of Ottawa museums and theatres will be closed.

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