• Here's a short list of what's open and what's closed on Labour Day in Montreal.
  • If you're heading out, make sure to call ahead to your destination to inquire about reduced hours.

Yes, it's a long weekend! Three uninterrupted days to relax, have fun, and not think for two seconds about things like school or work, or other responsibilities until Tuesday morning. Not to be too depressing but it will be six weeks before we get another official long weekend. 

But let's focus on the positive! This is usually one of the summer weekends that people are trying to pack in their last days of camping or chalet time. But if you're planning to stay in the city it's good to know what's open and what's closed so you can plan out your Labour Day weekend.  

Labour Day falls on Monday, September 2 this year. The good news is the city doesn't stop being its fun self. There are still a ton of things to do. Most of Montreal's museums are all open if you're looking for a little culture. As are the beaches, La Ronde and the casino. 

And phew, the majority of SAQ express locations are also open so you don't have to stock up on alcohol today.

If you're planning to get around the city by public transit, double-check the schedule as the STM operates on holiday schedules and it might impact your normal route. Check out their website here

If you're planning to hit any stores or eat at a restaurant, it's best to call first to check hours. So let's take a look at what's open. 

  • SAQ Express stores will have normal hours. But all but three SAQ classic stores will be closed.

  • 311, the city of Montreal’s information hotline 

  • Hospitals and emergency services

  • Dépanneurs and pharmacies

  • Most bars and clubs

  • Some restaurants (this can really be hit and miss as a lot of restaurants aren't open Mondays anyway so make sure to call) and pubs

  • Hotels & resorts 

  • Small grocery stores (less than 4,037-sq-ft in size) 

  • Swimming pools and sports centres remain open with reduced hours

  • Cinemas

  • Montreal Casino (the business that never sleeps)

  • La Ronde

  • Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal’s museum of history and archeology

  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

    What's open continued...

  • Montreal Botanical Gardens and the Gardens of Light

  • Montreal Science Centre and IMAX Theatre

  • Montreal Planetarium

  • Public and farmers’ markets (like Atwater and Jean-Talon)

  • Marché Bonsecours

  • Parking meters (yep you will still have to pay) 

  • Garbage and recycling pickups stay on schedule (there are isolated exceptions)


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And here's what's closed:

  • Banks

  • City of Montreal offices, also Quebec provincial and Canadian federal offices

  • Municipal courthouses and borough offices

  • Shopping malls and retail stores 

  • Postal service and Canada Post post office

    What's closed continued...

  • Large grocery stores and supermarkets 

  • Montreal Aquatic Complex, (open over Labour Day weekend, closed Labour Day)

  • Montreal Biodome (closed until December 2019)

  • Montreal Insectarium (closed for renovations until 2020)

Whether you plan to pack your Monday full of things to do or just chill out at home, enjoy your last free days of summer this Labour Day long weekend! 

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