MONTREAL – Labour Day has changed, since the days of yore. It is now perfectly acceptable to wear white after Labour Day, and many people actually have to work despite it being a national holiday.

But one thing hasn’t changed, it is still considered summer’s last hurrah.

So, if you’re planning to make the most of it, you may first want to check out this list of what’s open and closed:

What’s open

Small grocery and convenience storesSome SAQ outlets but customer service and home deliveries will not be available online.Most pharmacies but some may have reduced staff, call aheadSome restaurants, gas stations, bookstores, antique shops and floristsMaisonneuve and Atwater markets will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. while Jean-Talon Market will close at 6 p.m.Bonsecours Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Montreal ecocentres will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.The Pointe-à-Callière Museum and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.mThe Biodome will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.The Botanical Gardens and the Insectarium will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What’s closed

Federal and provincial government officesMost Montreal municipal offices, including borough offices and Accès MontréalThe municipal courthouse on Gosford StreetBanksRetail stores and mallsLarge, chain grocery storesMost arenas, swimming pools, libraries and sports centres will be closed. Check your borough or city website about exterior pools and tennis courts.

Garbage and recycling

The City of Montreal will have regular garbage and recycling pick-up, except for bulky item pick-up which has been cancelled for the Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough.

Demerged cities should check their websites.


The STM, will follow a holiday schedule while the RTL  and STL will operate on a Sunday scheduleThe Deux-Montagnes and Vaudreuil-Hudson AMT lines will operate a Sunday schedule.The Saint-Jérôme line will run on a weekend schedule.There will be no service on the Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Candiac and Mascouche lines.Parking meters and parking restrictions still apply.
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