What's Open and Closed on Labour Day in Montreal 2020

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An annual statutory holiday held the first Monday of September in Canada, Labour Day in Montreal is similar to Labor Day in the United States in that many businesses and public attractions shut down to celebrate.

Labour Day in Montreal falls on September 7, 2020, but just because many businesses are closed doesn't mean the city grinds to a halt. In fact, there are quite a few things to do in Montreal Labour Day weekend, and some of the city's best attractions, including some of Montreal's top museums, stay open for business during the holiday itself.

The following two lists detail most of the businesses, attractions, outdoor spaces, community centers, and public services that are closed or open during the annual holiday. However, some places that are open have special hours of operation for Labour Day, which change from year to year, so be sure to check venue websites for up-to-date information regarding closures.

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  • Banks, including private institutions and credit unions
  • City of Montreal offices, including Accès Montréal and other points of service
  • Quebec provincial and Canadian federal offices
  • Municipal courthouses and borough offices
  • Shopping malls and retail stores except for bookstores, flower shops, and antique dealers, which may remain open if they choose
  • Postal service and Canada Post post offices, except for those operating in the private sector, which can remain open at their discretion
  • Large grocery stores and supermarkets (over 4,037 square feet in size)
  • Some restaurants, especially since it's common practice for many to close on Mondays, regardless of the holiday
  • Montreal Aquatic Complex, (open over Labour Day weekend, closed Labour Day)
  • Montreal Biodome
  • Montreal Insectarium
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May Be Open

  • 311, the city of Montreal's information hotline (always available)
  • Dépanneurs (convenience stores), but hours and staff may be reduced
  • Pharmacies, but hours and staff may be reduced
  • Some music venues, bars, and clubs as well as some spas (call ahead)
  • Restaurants and pubs (check with your favorite brunch spots, brewpubs, Irish pubs, terrace destinations, and other favorite restaurants before heading out just in case)
  • Bookstores, tabagies (smoke shops), flower stores, antique shops, and service-based businesses like hair salons, gas stations, and manufacturers (at owner discretion)
  • Hospitals and emergency services
  • Hotels, resorts, and most accommodations
  • Small grocery stores (less than 4,037 feet in size), though hours of operation and number of staff on-site, may be reduced
  • Some arenas, swimming pools, and sports centers remain open with reduced hours, depending on the neighborhood (call 311 for hours of operation)
  • Montreal beaches (some close before the holiday for the season)
  • Cinemas
  • Montreal Casino (always open)
  • La Ronde, Montreal's Six Flags amusement park
  • Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal's museum of history and archeology
  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  • Montreal Botanical Gardens and its Gardens of Light
  • Montreal Science Centre & IMAX Theatre
  • Montreal Planetarium
  • Public markets and farmers markets
  • Marché Bonsecours
  • Parking meters are still in effect on Labour Day, though attendants are scarcer than non-holidays.
  • Garbage pickups and recycling pickup generally stays on schedule with isolated exceptions
  • Most SAQ liquor stores remain open except for those located inside shopping malls that don't have doors that open directly onto the parking lot or through a movie theatre. In other words, if you have to walk through a mall hallway to get to the door of a given SAQ Express or Classique, then it's closed
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