Canada Labour Day Weekend in Montreal: 2017 Edition

Where to Go and What to Do Canada Labour Day Weekend 2017 in Montreal

Canada Labour Day weekend in Montreal as well as in the province of Quebec as a whole is rife with business closures, countryside getaways and a collective lamentation over the symbolic end of summer, which coincides with the first Monday of every September across Canada as well as the United States. ​In 2017, Labour Day falls on Monday, September 4, 2017.

In spite of this nationwide sigh, it seems rather obvious when consulting historical weather data that summer in Montreal typically stretches on for at least another three weeks but my party pooper peers say otherwise and thus take their statutory holiday very seriously across Canada. In honor of them, I took this guide to Canada Labour Day Weekend in Montreal just as seriously.

Filled with activities galore, my Labour Day weekend suggestions feature a slew of outdoor options and some indoor contingency plans in case of rain. I also put together the most complete list you will find of what's open and closed Canada Labour Day Weekend in Montreal since by virtue of the holiday's statutory status, many businesses and retailers are legally obliged to restrict operations.

Finally, ever wonder about the origins of Labour Day weekend? Former Liberal Arts professor William Harris did. He even summarized the historical roots of this holiday commemorating workers' rights on the About.com network, revealing background information that most of us ignore. Check it out below.

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    Canada Labour Day Weekend in Montreal, 2016 edition.
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    Montrealers LOVE their Labour Day weekend, frolicking in the sun like it's the last summer weekend on Earth.

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    Canada Labour Day Weekend in Montreal, 2016 edition.
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    An annual statutory holiday held the first Monday of September, many businesses shut down on Labour Day but not everything grinds to a halt.
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    What Is Labour Day? And Why Do We Observe It?

    What's open and closed Montreal Labour Day Weekend?
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    Why do we celebrate Labour Day again?

    Former Liberal Arts professor William Harris reveals the historical roots of Labour Day in North America, getting to the bottom of why Canada, the United States and even Australia observe a different Labour Day than the rest of the world.

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    Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel view of Old Montreal and the Old Port.
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    Heading to Montreal for Canada Labour Day weekend? Find out what kind of weather to expect and dress the part. And just a word of warning. September is a funny month. It could be brilliantly summery and hot (which it usually is on Labour Day weekend). Or not.

    Come prepared.

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    Canada Labour Weekend in Montreal includes eating food. Really good food.
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    Montreal is without a doubt a foodie city. Locals know the drill. And it's delicious. But if you're new to Montreal, you probably need a spot of guidance. Here's what and where you have to eat in Montreal