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Canada Day 2020: What’s open and closed in Toronto, Montreal, Hamilton, Winnipeg and HRM



Canada Day

Canada Day, celebrated on July 1st, is a national holiday denoting the anniversary of Confederation in 1867, when the British North America Act became effective. It was initially known as Dominion Day until it was renamed in 1982.

Canada Day is a national statutory holiday celebrated in all territories and domains and it is a day off for most businesses.

What’s open and closed in Toronto for Canada Day 2020

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada Day will be praised by Torontonians a great deal differently on Wednesday.

Limitations implemented by the Ontario government stay set up, remembering no get-together for groups bigger than 10 individuals and to stay two meters separated except if from a similar household or “social circle.”

Even though Toronto is currently in Phase 2 of reopening, numerous businesses will be closed on Wednesday.

The City of Toronto canceled all face to face events and will hold a national virtual Canada Day on July 1.

For Canada’s 153rd birthday, the City has arranged live streams for different events, which start at 9 a.m. and end at 8 p.m. The CN Tower will salute Canada Day with a 15-minute light show starting at 10 p.m. and will be live-streamed on their website and YouTube.

Here’s a list of what’s open and what’s closed in Toronto on Canada Day (July 1):

What’s open in Toronto:

  • Ravine green spaces, beaches, trails, and boardwalks for walking, running, or biking.
  • Parks and green spaces. In any case, certain amenities, for example, playgrounds, play structures, and outdoor exercise equipment are closed.
  • List of amenities in City parks that are open: picnic shelters, fixed BBQs, soccer and multi-use outdoor fields, including running tracks for parks, baseball fields, and basketball courts, some public tennis courts and pickleball courts, lawn bowling and outdoor bocce.
  • BMX areas and skateboard parks.
  • Fishing with a license, boating, kayaking, and canoeing.
  • Off-leash dog parks.
  • Splash pads are open.
  • Wading pools on a location-by-location premise.
  • Each of the 56 outdoor swimming pools, except Summerville, Alexandra Park, and Kiwanis because of ongoing repairs. Capacity at outdoor pools will be essentially diminished to 25 percent to guarantee physical distancing and swimmers will be constrained to 45-minute sessions to allow for cleaning.
  • Toronto Islands are presently open to the general population. Tickets for ships must be bought online early to prevent overcrowding.
  • Lifeguards are as of now at six swimming beaches in Toronto from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. every day. The six beaches are: Bluffer’s Park Beach, Cherry/Clarke Beach, Kew-Balmy Beach, Marie Curtis Park East Beach, Sunnyside Beach, and Woodbine Beach. On July 1, four additional beaches are required to open: Center Island Beach. Gibraltar Point Beach, Hanlan’s Point Beach, Ward’s Island Beach.
  • Disc golf locations.
  • Golf courses.
  • GO Transit — will work on a Saturday schedule.
  • Toronto Zoo’s Scenic Safari Drive-Thru is open, however, tickets must be bought in advance online and are planned.
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada — open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with planned ticket buys online.
  • Aga Khan Museum — open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the acquisition of a planned ticket online.
  • Toronto Eaton Center (open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • TTC will work on a holiday schedule — with all TTC routes following a Sunday service schedule, yet with a prior beginning time of around 6:00 a.m. Any routes that don’t normally work on Sundays won’t work on the holiday.
  • Family fireworks can be released on your private property without a permit on Canada Day, however, they should conform to the City of Toronto firecrackers standing rules and the necessities to know about environmental factors. Occupants are asked not to release fireworks where they might be an annoyance, represent a danger of fire, injury, or harm to any individual or property. City of Toronto standing rules deny individuals from people in general from setting off or selling fireworks in City parks.
  • Rabba Fine Foods.
  • Some restaurant patios, contingent upon location.
  • Public washrooms facilities.

What’s closed in Toronto:

  • Certain amenities at parks and green spaces, for example, playgrounds, play structures, and outdoor exercise equipment are closed.
  • Most markets.
  • Banks and government offices.
  • Malls (aside from the Toronto Eaton Centre which is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • LCBO.
  • Beer Store.
  • Toronto Public Library branches.
  • Canada Post — no mail delivery.
  • St. Lawrence Market.
  • Ontario Science Centre — stays closed since mid-March.
  • High Park Zoo and Riverdale Farm — stay closed since mid-March.
  • Art Gallery of Ontario (reopens July 2 to individuals and annual pass holders, and July 23 to the public).

Canada Day 2020 events canceled in Toronto:

  • Fireworks at Ashbridge’s Bay, Centennial Park, Milliken Park, Stan Wadlow Park, and Weston Lions Park.
  • These City-led and City-allowed events are presently canceled and include:
  • Scarborough’s annual Canada Day event.
  • Canada Day celebrations on Mel Lastman Square.
  • East York Canada Day parade and celebration.
  • Centennial Park Canada Day Celebration.

What’s open and closed on Canada Day 2020 in Montreal

Canada Day will look somewhat changed for the current year in Montreal during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

There is no parade in the city, yet a virtual festival can be discovered online.

An online exhibition by a few artists at the Olympic Stadium will likewise commence at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Nonetheless, the holiday despite everything implies a three day weekend for many (and moving day for other people).

Here is what is open and closed this Wednesday in Montreal:

What’s open in Montreal

  • Most supermarkets and public markets are open for the day, even though hours may differ.
  • For those searching for alcohol, most SAQ outlets will be open — aside from those effectively closed due to COVID-19.
  • Ecocentres will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Garbage pickup will be kept up for most boroughs, except Outremont and Montreal North.
  • Remember to pay the meter. Parking guidelines and street limitations stay as a result across Montreal.
  • Montreal’s city buses will be running, yet they will be on a holiday schedule. It’s ideal to plan your trips.

What’s closed in Montreal

  • Most municipal offices are closed, including district and Accès Montréal offices.
  • The Montreal municipal courthouse and different purposes of service are likewise closed.
  • Canada Post is closed, which means mail delivery and collection won’t occur.
  • Most banks are closed on Canada Day.
  • The Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) stores are closed.

What’s open and closed in Hamilton on Canada Day 2020

What’s open in Hamilton

  • The Starlite Drive-In will be open on Wednesday and the concessions are as well.
  • The HSR will be working on a Sunday/Holiday schedule on Wednesday.
  • DARTS will be working holiday service hours on Canada Day, yet all subscription trips on DARTS, except for dialysis, are canceled.
  • Travelers who need to go on Wednesday should reserve a spot ahead of time.
  • GO Transit will work on a Saturday schedule.
  • The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is open on July 1st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Canada’s just flying Avro Lancaster will take its first trip of the year at 11 a.m.

What’s closed in Hamilton

  • All alcohol and beer stores in Hamilton are closed on Canada Day. Most local supermarkets are closed.
  • Most retail stores and shopping centers will be closed, including Lime Ridge and Eastgate Square.
  • There will be no green cart, blue box, bulk waste, leaf and yard waste, or garbage pick up on Wednesday. Your pick up will be one day later on the off chance that it falls on or after the holiday.
  • Community recycling centres and transfer stations will likewise be closed.
  • ATS customer service will likewise be closed.
  • The drive-through COVID-19 testing centre at Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena will be closed on Canada Day.
  • All Hamilton Public Library locations will be closed on Wednesday.
  • Hamilton Farmers’ Market will likewise be closed.

What’s open and closed in Winnipeg for Canada Day 2020

What’s open in Winnipeg

  • Garbage and recycling collection will occur.
  • The city’s helpline, 311, will be available 24-7.
  • Winnipeg Transit will be running on a Sunday schedule.
  • Some grocery and enormous box stores have restricted hours.
  • Most Manitoba Liquor Marts are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Spray pads will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • City of Winnipeg golf courses will be open.
  • The Canadian Museum for Human Rights will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Assiniboine Park Zoo will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What’s closed in Winnipeg

  • All-City of Winnipeg city offices are closed.
  • Provincial offices are closed and most government buildings are closed.
  • Canada Post will be closed and won’t deliver mail.
  • Kildonan Place will be closed.
  • Polo Park will be closed.
  • Garden City Shopping Centre will be closed.
  • St. Vital Mall will be closed.
  • Outlet Collection Winnipeg will be closed.
  • Grant Park Shopping Center will be closed.

What’s open, what’s closed for Canada Day in HRM for Canada Day 2020

What’s open in HRM

  • Gateway Meat Market: open abbreviated hours, 8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Halifax Seaport Farmers Market: will open up to a limited number of sellers.
  • Bishop’s Cellar: open regular hours, 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.
  • Harvest Wines & Spirits: open early afternoon at 8 p.m.
  • Craft beverage producers
  • RockHead Wine and Beer Market: an early afternoon at 8 p.m.
  • WestSide Beer Wine Spirits: open regular hours, early afternoon at 8 p.m.
  • Most pharmacies and drug stores will be open, yet hours will shift.
  • Halifax Transit buses and ships will run on a holiday schedule.
  • The 311 call centre will work regular hours, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Walk-in centres stay closed to the general population.

What’s closed in HRM

  • Most supermarkets including Sobeys, Atlantic Superstore, Walmart, and Costco locations will be closed.
  • NSLC: all stores will be closed for Canada Day.
  • Major shopping centers are closed on Canada Day.
  • All branches are as yet closed on account of COVID-19 however will reopen July 7.
  • No curbside collection of garbage, organics, or recyclables on Canada Day. Collection services normally that day will be Saturday.
  • The Municipal Recycling Plant, Otter Waste landfill, and municipal composting facilities will be closed however it will work with regular hours on Saturday. The Household Special Waste Depot in Bayers Lake is as yet closed because of COVID-19.

Dan Zinman started his career as an astronomer and college professor and quickly expanded into popularizing the understanding of science and scientific discovery. He did this through writing books, essays, and articles. He is contributing by writing news articles for

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