This Monday, October 14 we have one more day to add to the weekend for Thanksgiving Day. Today is the last day of work before three days of blissful, warm weathered uninterrupted weekend and that is definitely something to be thankful for.

Not the most popular holiday for most Montrealers, but who cares, it's a day off to do nothing but put on some elastic waist pants and stuff yourself with pumpkin pie.

But if you do want to brave the outdoors, you may want to know what's open and closed for Thanksgiving Day. Of course, the number one question on everyone's mind for the long weekend is whether the SAQ is open. But phew, you can breathe a sigh of relief as almost all the SAQ's will be open except those that are in a mall that's closed. 

If you're taking a bus or the metro anywhere on Monday make sure to double-check the schedules as the STM will be operating on a holiday schedule and times may change. 

I do recommend that if you are planning on hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, call around to see if your grocery store is open. Unlike other stat holidays in Quebec, grocery stores do have the choice to remain open. 

Do your shopping beforehand as almost all of the large grocery stores will be shut down for the day. 

Other than that, enjoy your days off, it's going to be the last long weekend before Christmas! 

So here we go, let's take a look at what's going to be open this Monday.

  • Most dépanneurs

  • Most shopping malls, including all downtown Montreal shopping malls, with the exception of Westmount Square, which is closed

  • Pharmacies 

  • Possibly grocery stores 

  • Some arenas, swimming pools, and sports centres remain open and others don’t depending on the neighbourhood, call 311 for details

  • Cinemas

  • Montreal Casino (is it ever closed?)

  • Montreal Botanical Gardens

  • Montreal Science Centre and IMAX Theatre

  • Most public markets, such as Jean-Talon and Atwater, 

  • Garbage and recycling pickups generally stay on schedule with rare exceptions, call 311 for details

  • Most SAQ liquor stores remain open

  • Most music venues, bars, restaurants, and clubs (but I recommend calling)

  • Bookstores, flower stores, and service-based businesses (hair salons, gas stations, manufacturers) remain open at their discretion

  • Hospitals and emergency services

  • Most spas

  • Hotels, resorts, and spas 

  • Don't forget that parking meters

  • La Ronde will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Fright Fest will be live!

  • The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Musée d’art contemporain will be closed, but the Pointe-à-Callière Museum will be open from 12 pm to 5 p.m.

  • The STM will run on a holiday schedule with modified bus times. 


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In terms of closures, the stat holiday businesses are all the usual culprits: 

  • Banks

  • Federal and provincial government offices 

  • Municipal court

  • Provincial and federal offices

  • Postal services

  • Some restaurants 

It's always best to call around to make sure wherever you're planning to go is open — especially when it comes to restaurants and smaller shops. 

No matter what you decide to do, have a great long weekend. Happy Thanksgiving, Montreal!

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