What's open and closed this St. Jean weekend?
Here's a non-exhaustive list of what will be affected this long weekend, and when:
• Malls, most retail stores, and large grocery stores will be closed on Saturday (St. Jean Baptiste Day). Will be open every other day.
• Smaller businesses, including restaurants, gas stations and bookstores may open at their leisure on Saturday.
• Drug stores are expected to be open right through the weekend, though hours may vary.
• Public markets, including the Atwater and Jean-Talon markets, will be open Saturday.
• SAQ stores will close Saturday, and remain open at regular hours on Friday.
• Banks are expected to be closed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
• Municipal government offices, including Access Montreal offices and the municipal courthouse will be closed Monday.
• Provincial government offices and service counters are expected to close Friday, and reopen Monday.
• Service Canada counters and passport offices will be closed on Monday.
• Garbage and recycling pickup is expected to continue as normal in most places. (Call the 3-1-1 line just to make sure.)
• No mail pickup or delivery on Monday.
WHAT TO DO
• Movie theatres are open. They never close.
• The Montreal Casino never takes a holiday, either. It'll be open as usual.
• The city's major attractions, like the Biodome, Planetarium, Botanical Gardens and Insectarium, will all be open.
• Claude-Robillard sports centre will be closed on Saturday — though the outdoor tennis courts will remain open.
• Hours for other city-run sports facilities, pools and libraries will vary, depending on the borough. (Again, the 3-1-1 line is available throughout the weekend.)
• Buses and metros will run on holiday schedules. In addition, several bus lines will be modified on Saturday afternoon for the parade. Check the list here.
• AMT trains will follow a Sunday schedule on Saturday.
• All parking restrictions in Montreal will stay in effect.
• Parking meters will still take your money.