It’s time for another long weekend, and we certainly aren’t complaining… about the day off at least.
The Civic Holiday is a notorious day for summer traffic with tens of thousands of city dwellers escaping the city for cottage country. Also known as Simcoe Day in Toronto, the August long weekend is not a statutory holiday, so while many provinces and municipalities observe the day, not all employees are given the day off.
To help you figure out who’s working and who isn’t this long weekend, we compiled a list of what’s open and closed on the holiday. Read on to find out.
Places That Are Closed
- Government offices
- Post offices and mail delivery
- All Toronto Public Library branches
Places That Are Open
As the August long weekend is not a national holiday, many grocery stores will resume their regular hours of operation. Make sure to call your local grocer ahead of time to double-check their schedule.
- Select Beer Store locations will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Click here for a list.
- Several LCBO stores will be open. Click here to search for your store.
- Bramalea City Centre (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
- Dufferin Mall (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
- Eaton Centre (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
- Fairview Mall (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
- Pacific Mall (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
- Toronto Premium Outlets (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
- Square One (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
- Promenade (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
- Upper Canada Mall (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
- Vaughan Mills Mall (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
- Hillcrest Mall (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
- Scarborough Town Centre (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
- Sherway Gardens (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
- Yorkdale Shopping Centre (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
Fun And Entertainment
- AGO (317 Dundas St. W.) – 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Aga Khan Museum (77 Wynford Dr.) – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Allan Gardens Conservatory (19 Horticultural Ave.) – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor St. W.) – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrace) – 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Canada’s Wonderland (1 Canada’s Wonderland Dr.) – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Centennial Park Conservatory (151 Elmcrest Rd.) – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- CN Tower (301 Front St. W.) – 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Evergreen Brickworks (550 Bayview Ave.) – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Fort York (260 Adelaide St. E.) – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Gardiner Museum (111 Queens Park) – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- High Park Zoo (1873 Bloor St. W.) – 7 a.m. to dusk
- Hockey Hall of Fame (30 Yonge St.) – 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Movie theatres
- Ontario Place (955 Lake Shore Blvd. W.) – 5 a.m. to 12 a.m.
- Ontario Science Centre (770 Don Mills Rd.) – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada (288 Bremner Blvd.) – 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Riverdale Farm (201 Winchester St.) – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park) – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Toronto Zoo (2000 Meadowvale Rd.) – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Pharmacies And Clinics
Visit iamsick.ca to find an open walk-in or pharmacy near you.
Transit And Traffic
The TTC will operate on a holiday schedule.
If you plan on taking the TTC around the city this weekend, take advantage of the weekend day-pass, which extends to include the holiday Monday. The pass, which allows unlimited one-day travel for $13, can be purchased between Saturday and Simcoe Day on Monday.
One day pass covers one adult and not more than five youths (13 to 19 years of age); or two adults and not more than four youths; or two adults.
GO Transit will operate on a Saturday schedule on Monday, August 5.