All of Les Bureaux Accès Montréal (BAM) counters will be closed. You can access the city's digital services, but emails won't be processed until April 6.
Garbage, recycling and compost collection will maintain their regular schedules. Ecocentres are open on Friday, April 2 and Saturday, April 3 but closed on Sunday, April 4 and Monday, April 5.
Arts & Culture
The Biodôme, Botanical Garden and the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium are open every day but capacity is limited so the city recommends buying tickets in advance.
Many movie theatres will be open throughout the entire weekend, including Cinéma Banque Scotia Montréal and Cinéma du Parc. Check websites for showtimes.
Many museums are also still operating, but some are on a special Easter schedule. For instance, the Musée d’art contemporain is open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Easter Monday. You'll want to check the website before you go.
Grocery Stores & Markets
All the major grocery stores are closing on Easter Sunday. Smaller food shops may be open, but check online or call before you go.
Most retailers, including The Eaton Centre, are open on Good Friday, Saturday and Monday but closed on Sunday. Holiday hours may be in effect on some days.
Stores are open as usual on Good Friday and Saturday.
On Sunday, classic SAQ stores and SAQ Express stores will be open. However, SAQ Sélection stores and SAQ Depot stores will be closed.
Most SAQ stores will be open on Monday unless they're located in a closed shopping mall and are not accessible from the outside.
Branches will be closed on Sunday but are otherwise open.
Good Friday and Easter Monday are considered legal holidays by the STM. Transit will still be running but on a modified schedule. You can plan your trip in advance on the STM website.
Gyms & Fitness Centres
City sports facilities have a varied schedule depending on the borough — and the same is true for most gyms.
Éconofitness is closed on Sunday, April 4 but open on other days.
Nautilus Plus branches are open with regular hours with a few exceptions. The Place Victoria and Place Ville Marie locations will close on Friday, April 2 and Monday, April 5. Place Montreal Trust will close on Sunday, April 4.
Banks consider Good Friday to be a holiday so don't count on your bank being accessible on April 2 aside from the ATMs and online banking services.
You'll want to check your bank's website though.
Most pharmacies will be open. Jean Coutu and Pharmaprix locations have special holiday hours, which you can find online.
Montreal pro tip: don't do your hair until after you're off the metro. Montrealers know the struggle of using all their body weight to force open their metro station's doors only to get smacked in the face by a blinding gust of wind that smells like the city's stale, dusty bowels.
So why does entering an STM metro station feel like an amusement park ride? The transit company took to Instagram to share the answer in an eye-opening explainer video on its ventilation system and methods.
The wind, the STM says, is due to what's called "the piston effect."
"In the public areas of metro stations, there's no ventilation system in the buildings, themselves," STM engineer Annie Mcken explains in the video.
"Instead, the circulation of the trains ensures more-than-adequate ventilation and sufficient air change in the stations."
When trains move through stations, Mcken continues, they displace air, which then pushes its way outside or in — this is the piston effect.
This, plus what the STM says are more than 150 ventilation shafts and 90 mechanical ventilation stations, are enough for the network, Mcken concludes.
The piston effect in the Montreal metro is, of course, well-documented and has been widely reported.
It also explains why the STM has those unique "butterfly" doors.
In an online document, the company says the famous doors on a fixed central axis facilitate airflow in and out of stations, reducing resistance and making it easier for riders to enter or exit.
The STM's Instagram video on ventilation also explains how metro trains, buses and adapted transport vehicles are designed to refresh the air.
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SPVM spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant explained that "a man presented himself without saying anything to the employee from the STM started to hit the window with what looked like a hammer. From there — when he was finished — he left by foot," leaving behind approximately $5,000 in damages.
The STM employee told the Montreal police that they had no altercations with the man and were not harmed during the incident.
Brabant said the SPVM is still trying to figure out why this event occurred and told MTL Blog that investigators have yet to identify the suspect but are using the footage from surveillance cameras in the metro to try and do so.
If you want a visual of what the damage looked like, Étienne Fortin-Gauthier shared a video on Twitter of the metro after the hammer attack.
Videos posted to Instagram and TikTok show someone recruiting Montreal metro riders to engage in Squid Game-like activities — minus the bloodshed.
The hit Netflix show follows a group of contestants competing for prize money in deadly versions of children's games. The main character, Gi-hun, joins the competition after a recruiter wearing a suit approaches him in the metro.
The Instagram and TikTok videos show a similarly-dressed individual engaging with STM riders and playing some of the games featured in the show.
Contacted by MTL Blog, the person behind the social media accounts declined to identify themselves but said they're developing more content for their channels.
They also said they've given prizes to some players in the form of $50 and $100 Amazon gift cards — much more modest than the ₩45,600,000,000 (about CA$48,021,177.60, according to Google) grand prize in the Netflix show.
"I'm doing these videos because I'm having a lot of fun creating unique experiences for people," the account owner told MTL Blog. "Seeing the enlightment on the face of the participants, the people around and the reactions from the videos make it all worthwhile!"