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What is Open on Thanksgiving 2014

What is Open and What is Closed on Thanksgiving in Canada

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Canada Weather & Event Calendar | Public Holidays in Canada | Fall Foliage Guide

Thanksgiving Day in Canada is the second Monday of October and observed as an official holiday in all of Canada's provinces and territories.

The Saturday and Sunday leading up to Thanksgiving is business as usual, but on Thanksgiving Monday, most businesses, stores and services shut down.

That said, Canada is a big country and not every province has the same closures. The following list of what is open and closed on Thanksgiving is a general guide. Exceptions apply across the country, especially in Quebec where Thanksgiving (action de grâce) is not celebrated in the same way by all residents and many shops and services remain open.

Closed on Thanksgiving Monday

  • Federal government offices are closed right across Canada.
  • Most local government offices, including Passport offices and post offices. Some post offices in the private sector do not close (like those within malls, supermarkets or drugstores that are staying open for the holiday).
  • Banks
  • Most libraries
  • Schools
  • Most childcare facilities
  • Most government-run beer and liquor outlets are closed (except in Quebec).
  • Most supermarkets and some convenience stores - call ahead
  • Many restaurants - call ahead to be sure
  • Much public transportation, such as the TTC operates on holiday schedule.

Open on Thanksgiving Monday

  • Most tourist attractions as well as restaurants and stores located in tourist destinations stay open. Call ahead.
  • Many malls in major cities stay open, especially in tourist destinations. For example, most malls in the Greater Toronto Area remain open, like the Eaton Centre as is the West Edmonton Mall, etc.
  • Quebec SAQ stores stay open except for those located within a mall that is closed for the holiday.
  • Much public transportation, such as the TTC operates on holiday schedule.
  • Some supermarket and drug store chains keep a few stores open at key locations.

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