Thankfully, Mother Nature seems to have gotten the memo that it is, in fact, the middle of spring. It doesn't look like any surprise May 2017 snowstorms are on the horizon for Montreal anymore, meaning we're free to celebrate Victoria Day the best way we see fit.
For some of us, that means chilling in a park with some food and our closest friends. For others, it means chilling in bed all day... or maybe chilling in bed all day with a pitcher of sangria close at hand. All of us, though, need to know WTF is staying open this Monday, May 22 for Victoria Day.
And if you're wondering, don't worry, friend. I've got your back on this one. Just remember that some spots on this list can actually stay open or closed at their own discretion, so if you're planning an excursion on Victoria Day in Montreal, it's always best to call ahead!
This year, it's happening on Monday, May 22, and honestly, it looks like it's going to be a whole bunch of fun. I know the May weather in Montreal hasn't been too impressive lately (it was legit snowing a few weeks ago, guys), but the leaves are budding, the flowers are sprouting, the grass is green, and the sun looks like it's here to stay.
Which, all in all, will make for one seriously fun national day off. And probably a well-needed day off, if we're all being honest with each other.
Victoria Day also happens to be the unofficial start of the summer season in Montreal (at least to me, anyway), which means there's an extra reason to celebrate!
If you're wondering what exactly there is to do this long weekend, don't worry. There are tons of things going on this weekend this Saturday, Sunday, and even Monday, for all kinds of price points.
Keep in mind, all of the following activities are super fun! Some are free and cheap, too, though; and others might cost a little more, but are well worth doing now that you have the time.
This Monday May 18th 2015 it's Victoria Day in Canada (or Patriot's Day in Quebec). While we can all appreciate having a day off, it can be a bit of a hassle trying to figure out what's open and closed in the city. To save you a bit of stress, we've come up with a list of what establishments and services you'll be able to visit on Monday.
Most restaurants (call ahead just incase)
Service-based businesses (eg. gas stations, hair dressers)
Biodome, Botanical Gardens, Insectarium, Science Centre, Planetarium
Parking meters (uhg, gross)
Public transit (but following a weekend schedule)
Federal and provincial government offices
Municipal courts and most city offices
Now that you've heard all of the things thatyou can and cannot do, here are a few things that you should do this weekend:
Although we love Queen V (especially because we get a day off for her birthday), it is frustrating when you don't know what's open or closed today. Don't fret, with the help of the Montreal Gazette, we've put together a list for you so that you can plan your Victoria Day accordingly. Personally, we're going to sleep in, then hit up a terrace and enjoy the warm weather.
All banks in Montreal
Federal and provincial government offices, including the post office
Montreal municipal court and most city offices
Olympic Sport Centre
Pointe a Calliere Museum
All of your favorite bars, restaurants, and clubs.
Most stores, malls, supermarkets and pharmacies
All of the public markets will be open
Montreal buses will be running on Saturday or Sunday schedules, depending on the line. For more information, go here.
The metro will be running on their holiday schedule.
Laval and Longeuil buses will be running on their Saturday schedules.
AMT Trains will run on holiday schedules. For more information, go here.
Montreal community areas such as arenas, indoor swimming pools, libraries and community centers.
Parking meters and parking restrictions (boo!)
Most SAQ outlets will be open, unless they're located inside a mall which is closed.
Oh and Starbucks so you can still get your Grande Soy Latte with 1 pump hazelnut. ;)
There you have it, folks! Have a great Victoria Day!