Open and Closed on Labour Day in Montreal

What's Open and Closed on Labour Day in Montreal?

Montreal Labour Day weekend's top things to do include a visit to Jean-Talon Market.
••• Montreal Labour Day weekend's top things to do include a visit to Jean-Talon Market. Or if you live in my world, ANY weekend is an excuse to visit Jean-Talon Market. David Madison / Getty Images

What's Open and Closed Labour Day in Montreal

An annual statutory holiday held the first Monday of September—in 2018, Labour Day falls on September 3, 2018—many businesses in Montreal and across the province of Quebec shut down on Labour Day (or Labor Day, as it's spelled in the United States). But not everything grinds to a halt.

If anything, there are quite a few things to do in Montreal Labour Day weekend. Select key attractions, including some of Montreal's top museums, stay open for business.

The following are closed:

  • banks
  • most city of Montreal offices
  • municipal court
  • most Quebec provincial and Canadian federal offices
  • shopping malls
  • postal service and Canada Post post offices, with the exception of offices operating in the private sector, which can remain open at their discretion
  • grocery stores/supermarkets larger than 375 square meters (4,037 feet) in size
  • retail stores with the exception of bookstores, flower stores and antique shops, which can remain open if they wish
  • some restaurants are closed, especially since it's common practice for many to be closed every Monday anyways but some may stay open specifically for the holiday; always call before heading out

    The following are open:

    • 311, the city of Montreal's information hotline
    • some dépanneurs
    • some pharmacies, hours and staff count may be reduced
    • select music venues, bars, and clubs
    • restaurants and pubs (check with your favorite brunch spots, brewpubs, Irish pubs, terrace destinations, and other favorite restaurants before heading out just in case)
    • some bookstores, tabagies, flower stores and antique shops are free to remain open at their discretion
    • hospitals, as always
    • some spas
    • grocery stores 375 square meters (4,037 feet) or less in size can remain open at their leisure, though hours and staff count may be reduced
    • service-based businesses like hair salons, restaurants, gas stations and manufacturers are free to remain open at their discretion
    • some arenas, swimming pools and sports centres remain open, others don't, depending on the neighborhood, call 311 for details
    • select Montreal beaches (some are already closed for the season though)
    • Montreal Aquatic Complex should be open Labour Day
    • cinemas
    • Montreal Casino (hint: it's always open)
    • La Ronde, Montreal's Six Flags amusement park
    • Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal's museum of history and archeology