Open or Closed on Victoria Day Monday May 22

Victoria Day and Long May Weekend mark the unofficial start of summer across Canada. The date varies each year, falling on the last Monday in May on or before May 24. For 2017, the date is May 22. Victoria Day is observed in all provinces except Quebec. It is a national statutory holiday outside of New Brunswick, Newfoundland/Labrador, and Nova Scotia. There is always some question as to what is open and closed. Are stores open? Are restaurants open? Are the malls open?

Laws regarding permitted hours of operation on Victoria Day vary by province and sometimes by individual cities within a province. Here is a general guide:

In Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon, retailers are generally OPEN on Victoria Day.

In Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland/Labrador, and Ontario, retailers are generally CLOSED on Victoria Day. The city of Winnipeg is an exception: most stores are allowed to open between 9:00AM and 6:00PM. There are other local exceptions.

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 May 22nd holiday. Speaking of Ontario, both LCBO and The Beer Store are closed Victoria Day at all locations. Several Beer Stores will have extended holiday hours on Sunday, May 21.

All Canada Post post offices will be closed. There will be no mail delivery on Victoria Day.

Confused? Call your favorite stores, malls, and restaurants to confirm Victoria Day hours of operation before heading out on May 22. Have a great Long Weekend, Canada!

Open or Closed on Mother’s Day Sunday May 14

For 2017, Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 14. Many stores have special Mother’s Day sales and deals on this day. Several shopping malls feature Mother’s Day promotions. At most restaurants, Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year! Be sure to check the fine print on your coupons and bonus gift cards carefully, as many will not be valid on Mother’s Day. Free flowers for Mom, special lunch or dinner menus, and discounts on gift purchases can all be found on May 14th. Often, these promotions extend the entire weekend or for several days preceding the holiday. This is a great time to take Mom out shopping at her favorite store. Why not treat her to a great lunch or dinner at her favorite restaurant? You don’t have to be fancy or spend a lot of money. To Mom, it’s the thought that counts!

Mother’s Day shopping hours are usually the same as they would be on any other Sunday. As for restaurants, many open early to serve Mother’s Day Brunch or special breakfast. Be sure to call your favorite retailers and eateries for their specific Mother’s Day hours as well as information on specific Mother’s Day sales and deals they may be offering. If you’re planning to take Mom out on her special day, expect restaurants to be crowded. Long waiting times will be found at the most popular eateries. Reservations are strongly suggested and required in some cases. Don’t disappoint! Call ahead to reserve a table before heading out.

Be sure to do something nice for your mom and show her how much you appreciate all she has done for you. Mother’s Day only comes once per year. For 2017, it happens on Sunday, May 14.

Open or Closed on Cinco de Mayo Friday May 5

For 2017, Cinco de Mayo falls on Friday, May 5. If you love Mexican-themed food and drinks, this is your day! It’s pretty easy to find Mexican restaurants offering special Cinco de Mayo deals and freebies on 5/5. Some stores and shopping malls get into the spirit with Cinco de Mayo sales of their own. Discounted, free, or 2-for-1 tacos, enchiladas, burritos, nachos, and special lunch or dinner menus are all common at eateries on May 5. Because Cinco de Mayo falls on a Friday this year, there’s a good chance these promotions will extend into the weekend and/or for several days preceding the holiday. Watch for signs and banners at the restaurants, advertising upcoming promotions for May 5th. Check the websites and Facebook pages of your favorite restaurants.

Cinco de Mayo dining and shopping hours are usually the same as they would be on any other Friday. Because Cinco de Mayo is not a federal holiday, banks, schools, libraries, USPS Post Office, liquor stores, etc., should all be open with normal hours of operation. Just as St. Patrick’s Day is a fun “party” holiday when everyone’s a wee bit Irish, Cinco de Mayo is the same, but with a Mexican theme. If you can’t find specific information on their Facebook page or website, be sure to call your favorite stores and restaurants to ask about specific Cinco de Mayo sales and deals they may be offering on 5/5.

Don’t miss the party! Cinco de Mayo only comes once per year. For 2017, it happens on Friday, May 5.