Oh, Canada (Day). Taking place on Friday, July 1, 2016, this is a day to chill out, celebrate our country, relax, and just generally bask in the good vibes.

No matter what it is that you choose to do, though, you're going to need to know just what exactly is opened and closed in Montreal on Canada Day this year. That's what I'm here for, guys - but as usual, don't forget to call any spot you're planning on going to ahead, just to make sure.

What's Open

  • Most SAQs (click here for more information)
  • The Casino
  • Most pharmacies
  • Some grocery stores
  • Most movie theatres
  • Beaches
  • Outdoor markets (like Jean-Talon and Atwater Markets)
  • Garbage pickup should mostly continue as normal
  • Restaurants, salons, etc, can remain open if they so choose (so call ahead to make sure)
  • STM buses and metros will run on weekend schedules (click here for more information)
  • AMT trains will run on weekend schedules (check the website for more information)
  • The Insectarium, Botanical Gardens, Science Centre, Biodome, and Planetarium will remain open
  • The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Pointe-à-Callière Museum will remain open

What's Closed

  • Banks
  • All government (federal and provincial) and most private offices
  • Municipal courts and most city offices
  • Malls
  • Retail stores (like IKEA, Wal Mart, etc)
  • Postal services

Top 10 Things To Do In Montreal This Canada Day 2016:

  1. Head out to the Old Port and watch the fireworks show at night.
  2. At 12:00, check out the 21-cannon salute to Canada at the Old Port.
  3. Check out Montreal's Village au Pied-du-Courant Beach, under the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, opening up at 3:00.
  4. Or grab a pastry cone at Montreal's La Diperie.
  5. Take a stroll through Montreal's Botanical Gardens, and visit its Japanese Garden.
  6. Then check out July's First Friday food truck festival at the Olympic Stadium.
  7. Take the day to get cultured, and check out the exhibitions at Montreal's Museum of Fine Arts.
  8. At 11 AM, watch and celebrate new Canadians getting sworn in at the Old Port.
  9. Check out the Canada Day closing show concert at the Old Port at midnight.
  10. Finally, don't forget to head downtown for Montreal's 39th annual Canada Day Parade starting at 11:00 AM.

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