Every year Canada Day falls on July 1 and commemorates the union of the three separate colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single entity within the British Empire called Canada in 1867. Canada Day is now a statutory holiday when federally regulated employees are entitled to the day off with pay, meaning several Canadian businesses are closed on this day.
As far as closures go, the best advice is to call ahead to confirm holiday hours, which vary from city to city and province to province, but some closures are definite—you can be sure that federal government offices, schools, libraries, and banks will be closed, and public transit runs on a reduced schedule.
Visitors to Canada may not be overly affected by the holiday as far as closures go. Tourist attractions, for the most part, remain open as do big malls. However, the province of Quebec—though it technically observes Canada Day—does not celebrate it in the same way as the rest of the country. July 1st in Quebec is more commonly known as Moving Day as it is the day that rental leases commonly end.
Since Canada Day in 2018 falls on a Sunday, there will be additional closings on Monday, July 2 in observance of the guaranteed paid time off for employees working for the government in addition to the usual holiday closings on Sunday.
Businesses That Are Closed for Canada Day
As with most statutory holidays in Canada, government officials are given a paid day's vacation on Canada Day, meaning that all government offices and most government services are closed for July 1—or the Monday after the holiday if it falls on a weekend.
Libraries, banks, and government offices are all closed on Canada Day, and there is no garbage pickup or mail delivery for residences in the country. In addition, many private sectors corporations will be closed in observance of this national holiday, though some will remain open on the Monday following Canada Day in 2018.
Liquor and beer stores, some grocery stores and malls, and a few tourist attractions will also be closed on Canada Day or offer reduced hours for both the holiday itself and the observance date of the holiday in 2018 (Monday, July 2). These, however, are not guaranteed to be open or closed so make sure to phone ahead to check their holiday hours.
Businesses That Are Open for Canada Day
Since Canada Day is such a day of celebration across the country, many local businesses, tourist attractions, and public transit systems in major cities will remain in operation on both the holiday itself and on the Monday following it.
Major tourist destinations like the CN Tower, the Vancouver Aquarium, and national museums like the Royal Ontario Museum will remain open, though sometimes with reduced hours. This also applies to businesses and restaurants in designated tourist areas, but it's best to call these establishments before venturing out to make sure they're open.
Most convenience stores and gas stations will remain open, as will some major grocery stores and shopping malls. Movie theaters, public squares, and several art galleries and special exhibits will also open their doors on the Monday after Canada Day as well as the holiday itself—if they're regularly open on Sundays.