Open or Closed Civic Holiday August Long Weekend

For 2017, Civic Holiday falls on Monday, August 7. Before you head out to the stores and restaurants, it’s a good idea to check and see whether they are open or closed! Most eateries, shopping centers, and malls are open on Civic Holiday and throughout the August Long Weekend. However, some may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Other businesses may be closed entirely on Civic Holiday in order to give their employees the day off.

Civic Holiday is also known as Heritage Day in Alberta, British Columbia Day, New Brunswick Day, Regatta Day in Newfoundland/Labrador, Natal Day in Nova Scotia, Joseph Brant Day in Burlington, Ontario; Colonel By Day in Ottawa, Ontario; and Simcoe Day in Toronto. Here’s a quick rundown of what is open and what is closed:



BEER STORES: SOME OPEN, SOME CLOSED. In Ontario, some The Beer Store locations will be open on August 7. Those stores operating on Civic Holiday will be open from 11:00AM-6:00PM. Call ahead to confirm before heading out!

BIG BOX STORES: OPEN – Best Buy, Canadian Tire, Costco, The Home Depot, Home Hardware, Home Outfitters, HomeSense, Kent, Lowe’s, PetSmart, RONA, Sears, Staples, Walmart


CASUAL RESTAURANTS: OPEN – Boston Pizza, Tim Horton’s, The Keg Steakhouse, Earls, Milestones, Harvey’s, Swiss Chalet, East Side Mario’s, Kelsey’s, St-Hubert, Montana’s Cookhouse

CONVENIENCE STORES: OPEN – Circle K, Needs Convenience, On the Run, Quickie, Mac’s, Provi-Soir, OLCO, Irving’s Blue Canoe, Pioneer. Many locations are open 24 hours, even on holidays.

DEPARTMENT STORES: OPEN – Army & Navy, Marshalls, Winners, Rossy, Dollarama, Bowring, The Bargain! Shop, The Source, Stedmans V&S, Hudson’s Bay, La Maison Simons, Fields, Holt Renfrew, XS Cargo, Taylor’s, Giant Tiger

FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS: OPEN – McDonald’s, Burger King, A&W, KFC, Subway, Dairy Queen, Quizno’s, Wendy’s, Pizza Hut, Pizza Pizza, Starbucks

GROCERY STORES: OPEN – Loblaws, Sobeys, Save-On Foods, PriceSmart Foods, Metro, Super C, Foodland, Price Chopper, Food Faire, Thrifty Foods, Highland Farms, Dominion, Marché Ami, Northern/North Mart

GOVERNMENT OFFICES: CLOSED. Nearly all federal, provincial, and local agencies are closed on Civic Holiday.

LIQUOR STORES: MOSTLY OPEN. In Ontario, most but not all LCBO stores will be open. Some locations will be operating on holiday schedule with reduced hours. All Manitoba Liquor Mart locations except cityplace will be open on August 7 from 10:00AM-6:00PM.

MOVIE THEATERS: OPEN – Cineplex Entertainment, Landmark Cinemas, Cinemark Theaters, Cinémas Guzzo. Some theatres have additional holiday show times scheduled on Civic Holiday.

PHARMACIES & DRUG STORES: OPEN Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Value Drug Mart, Lawtons, DRUGStore Pharmacy, Pharmaprix, Pharmasave, Jean Coutu, Brunet, Uniprix. These stores are almost always open. However, the actual pharmacy may be closed or operating reduced hours for the holiday. Pharmacy departments in grocery and big box stores also have varying hours of operation during Civic Holiday.



If you’re not sure, call the store or restaurant and confirm their holiday hours before leaving the house. This avoids unpleasant surprises and unnecessary drives, only to find your favorite eating or shopping place is closed on Civic Holiday. Plan ahead and have a great 2017 August Long Weekend!

Open or Closed on the 4th of July Tuesday July 4

For 2017, Independence Day happens on Tuesday, July 4th. Most stores, restaurants, shopping centers, and malls are open on the 4th of July. However, they may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Some businesses are closed on Independence Day in order to give their employees the day off. Here’s a quick rundown of what is open and what is closed on July 4, 2017:

BANKS are CLOSED on July 4th.

BARS & CLUBS are OPEN on July 4th.

BIG BOX STORES are OPEN on July 4th.

CASUAL RESTAURANTS are OPEN on July 4. Several restaurants serve free or discounted meals to veterans and active military service members.



GROCERY STORES are OPEN on July 4th.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES are CLOSED on July 4th. Nearly all federal, state, county, and city agencies are closed on the 4th of July.

LIQUOR STORES may be OPEN or CLOSED on July 4th. This depends on which state and/or city you are located in. Some areas allow alcoholic beverages to be sold on the 4th of July while others prohibit sales.

MOVIE THEATERS are OPEN on July 4th. Many theatres have additional holiday show times scheduled on Independence Day.

PHARMACIES & DRUG STORES are OPEN on July 4th. However, the actual pharmacy may be closed or operating reduced hours.



SCHOOLS are CLOSED for Independence Day: grade schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, etc.

For information on specific stores, restaurants, and malls, just search our list! It’s always smart to call and confirm holiday hours before leaving home. Plan ahead, be safe, and have a great 4th of July 2017!

Open or Closed on Canada Day Saturday July 1

Canada Day 2017 marks Canada’s 150th birthday! It is a national statutory holiday in all provinces. In Newfoundland/Labrador, it is also known as Memorial Day. There is always some question as to what is open and closed on Canada Day. Are stores open? Are restaurants open? Are the malls open? Laws regarding permitted hours of operation on Canada Day vary by province and sometimes by individual cities within a province. This year is especially confusing since Canada Day 2017 falls on a Saturday. Because of this, there will be an additional statutory holiday and closures on Monday, July 3. Here is a general guide:

In Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, and Yukon, retailers are generally OPEN on Canada Day. In Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec, retailers are generally CLOSED on Canada Day.

These rules apply to all the large chain stores: Atlantic Superstore, Best Buy, Cabela’s, Canadian Tire, Costco, Dominion, Home Depot, HomeSense, Hudson’s Bay, Kent, Loblaws, Longo’s, Lowe’s, Metro, Real Canadian Superstore, RONA, Safeway, Save-On-Foods, Shoppers Drug Mart, Sobeys, The Source, Staples, Walmart, etc. They also apply to most smaller retailers. Exceptions are made for designated tourist areas in Ontario and elsewhere. Restaurants, gas stations, and convenience stores selling essential items are generally OPEN on the July 1st holiday.

Speaking of Ontario, LCBO is closed Canada Day at all locations. The Beer Store is closed except for 4 locations in Ottawa. LCBO will have extended holiday hours on Sunday, July 2. The Beer Store will be open extended holiday hours on Friday, June 30 at select locations in Bradford, Newmarket, Toronto, and Vaughn. Canada Post offices nationwide will be OPEN July 1, but CLOSED on July 3. There will be no mail delivery on July 3. Call your favorite stores, malls, and restaurants to confirm Canada Day hours of operation before heading out July 1-2-3. Have a great Long Weekend, Canada!