Labour Day: open or closed?
Here's a partial rundown of what will operate normally on Labour Day, and what won't. (If you're unsure about a particular business, it's always good policy to call ahead.)
• most government offices, and the municipal court
• shopping malls and most retail stores (though some smaller stores may remain open)
• no mail delivery and no service at Canada Post post offices — except for postal counters in drug stores and other private businesses which are open
• most large supermarkets (with a floor space of 375 square meters or more)
• the city's large public markets: the Atwater, Jean-Talon, Bonsecours and Maisonneuve markets
• the city's major attractions, including the Botanical Gardens, Science Centre and IMAX Theatre, Insectarium and Planetarium (once again — the Biodome is closed for major renovations until next year)
• the city's Ecocentres will be open (regular summer hours)
• most drugstores (though hours and staff may be reduced)
• grocery stores with a floor space of less than 375 square meters (though again, hours may be reduced)
• garbage pickup generally should continue as usual in your city or borough, though there may be some exceptions. (Visit the city of Montreal's web site, or phone Montreal's 3-1-1 hotline, or check with your city or town.)
• Openings for sports centres, arenas, libraries and swimming pools depend on the borough. (Again, check with Montreal's 3-1-1 hotline.)
• parking meters still take money, and all regular parking restrictions apply
• Most SAQ liquor stores will be open — except for those located inside malls and don't have doors that open directly out on to a street or parking lot.
• Only one of the six commuter train lines — the Vaudreuil-Hudson line — will run, on a Sunday schedule.
• Buses in Montreal, Laval and Longueuil, as well as metros, will run on holiday schedules.