Canada Day 2023 marks Canada’s 156th 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. Here is a general guide:
In these provinces, retailers are generally OPEN on Canada Day:
– British Columbia
– Northwest Territories
– Prince Edward Island
In these provinces, retailers are generally CLOSED on Canada Day:
– New Brunswick
– Nova Scotia
The 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.
Because Canada Day is not a holiday in the States, most U.S. businesses will be operating on regular schedules. For information on specific stores, restaurants, and malls, just scroll down and search our complete list!
Speaking of Ontario, all LCBO stores will be closed on Saturday, July 1. Canada Post offices nationwide will be CLOSED on July 1. There will be no mail delivery on July 1. Call your favorite stores, malls, and restaurants to confirm Canada Day hours of operation before heading out. Have a great Long Weekend, Canada!