Wondering what is open and what is closed this Long Weekend in Canada? You’re not alone! Here’s a quick list of what is open and closed on Victoria Day 2016:
Most government offices will be closed. Federal, provincial, and city offices will be closed. Post offices will be closed and mail will not be delivered on Victoria Day. Most public buildings such as libraries, immigration and unemployment centres will be closed.
Most banks will be closed.
Stock markets will be closed.
Most public and private schools will be closed. This includes primary schools, high schools, colleges, and universities.
Trash and garbage will not be collected on Victoria Day in some areas. Typically, collection will resume on Tuesday, May 19.
Liquor stores and beer stores are closed in many areas. Provincial and local regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages (liquor, beer, and wine) on Victoria Day and other holidays vary by location. In Ontario, both LCBO and The Beer Store are closed on Victoria Day. Manitoba Liquor Marts will be open from 10:00AM-6:00PM except for Winnipeg cityplace, Churchill, Winkler, Carman and Steinbach.
Some shopping malls and shopping centers will be open while others will be closed on Victoria Day. In Toronto, Eaton Centre, Square One Shopping Centre, Vaughan Mills, and Pacific Mall will be open. Yorkdale, Sherway Gardens, Fairview Mall, Scarborough Town Centre, and Bayview Village are closed.
Some supermarkets and grocery stores will be open while others are closed. Most No Frills, Fresh Co., Loblaws, Sobeys, Metro, T&T Supermarkets, and Whole Foods stores will be closed in some provinces.
Most “big box” stores such as Costco, Walmart, Rona, and Home Depot will be closed in some provinces.
Some bars and restaurants will be open on Victoria Day while others are closed. Call ahead to confirm your favorite venue is open before heading out.
Many movie theatres and cinemas are open. Since the kids are out of school, Victoria Day is a big movie day. Some cineplexes offer additional early and/or late showings on this day.
Most casinos and other gaming facilities will be open.
Recreation centers are likely open.
Buses, trains, subways, and other public transportation will run, but some locations will be on Sunday or holiday schedule.
In summary, some private businesses observe Victoria Day with special hours of operation or close for the holiday while others do not. Government entities are nearly always closed on Victoria Day.
Oh, and don’t miss the fireworks! Fireworks shows are held on Sunday and/or Monday night in many cities.
Enjoy the holiday and the Long Weekend in Canada. Victoria Day only comes once per year. For 2016, it happens on Monday, May 23.