What you need to know about Remembrance Day in Ottawa

Ottawa is home to the national Remembrance Day ceremony every year, to honour Canadian veterans and those currently serving.

The ceremony will begin at the National Military Cemetery on Beechwood at 10:55 AM and then continues at the National War Memorial.

Be advised that the ceremony will mean that some roads downtown will be closed! From 7:30am to 1:00pm, the following roads will be closed:

  • Rideau/Wellington St. from Sussex/Colonel By Drive to Bank St.

  • Colonel By southbound from Rideau to Daly

  • Daly eastbound from Colonel By to Nicholas Street.

  • Nicholas northbound from Daly to Besserer Street.

  • Queen Street from Metcalfe to Elgin streets.

  • Elgin from Wellington to Albert.

  • MacKenzie Avenue from Murray to Rideau streets.

  • Metcalfe from Wellington to Albert.

  • O’Connor from Wellington to Queen.

Most businesses downtown will be closed until 12:30pm, including the businesses in the Byward Market, Rideau Centre, and Sparks Street Mall.

Businesses that are exceptions to the bylaw include:

  • Food/grocery, tobacco, antique and handcraft stores with less than 2,400 square feet used for serving or selling to the public.

  • Pharmacies with less than 7,500 square feet in total area used for serving/selling to the public (those in larger stores must close).

  • Book/newspaper dealers with less than 2,400 square feet used for serving/selling to the public.

  • Convenience stores.

  • Nurseries, gardening supply stores, florists.

  • Gas stations or businesses selling propane, diesel, natural gas and other fuel products.

  • Vehicle/boat rental and repair businesses, including those as part of a larger store (Canadian Tire).

Businesses that are not affected by the bylaw include:

  • Hotels/motels.

  • Restaurants.

  • Recreational facilities including fitness centres

  • Doctor/dentist/optometrist offices and medical centres.

  • Funeral homes.

  • Hair salons and spas.

  • Pet groomers.

  • Repair services for computers, furnaces, air conditioners, pools.

  • Pay-day loan services.

  • Realtors.

  • Dry cleaners.

  • Vendors at outdoor markets.

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