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What's open and what's closed Victoria Day weekend

Here's a look at what you can expect this weekend
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Here's a look at what will be open and closed this long weekend in the Halifax area.


Victoria Day is not a designated retail closing day in Nova Scotia, which means you can expect grocery stores and NSLCs to be open.

Halifax Shopping Centre, Mic Mac Mall, Dartmouth Crossing, Park Lane Mall and Sunny Side Mall all indicate they will be closing at 5 p.m. Monday.

Most pharmacies should be open Monday, but some may be operating with reduced hours.

Expect banks to be closed Monday and likely Sunday.

Other businesses may be closed or have reduced operating hours, so it's best to call ahead or check social media and/or websites for more information.


The Blue Nose Marathon is this weekend. Expect street closures, parking restrictions and transit disruptions on Saturday and Sunday. (click here for more information)

The Macdonald Bridge will close at 7:30 a.m. Sunday for the Blue Nose Marathon and should reopen by noon.

Halifax Transit will be operating on holiday service on Monday. 

On-street parking is free.


HRM's noise bylaw does NOT allow fireworks this weekend, unless you have an official exemption.

All branches and departments of Halifax Public Libraries will be closed Monday.

Many municipally-operated recreation facilities will be closed Monday. HRM recommends calling ahead for operating hours and program information.

Sackville Sports Stadium will be open regular hours with the fitness centre and some drop-in programs being offered, but registered programs will not be offered. 

All sports courts have reopened for the season.

Campgrounds at national and provincial parks open. Alcohol, tobacco and cannabis are not allowed in provincial camping parks until July 2. After that date, those products are only permitted at rented campsites. 

Gates have been lifted at Nova Scotia's day use parks, and there will once again be garbage collection and access to washrooms.

A ceremonial 21-gun salute will be fired at 10 a.m. Monday from Citadel Hill. Pedestrian and vehicle traffic to and from Citadel Hill will be temporarily suspended around that time.


Canada Post will not be collecting or delivering mail Monday.

There will be no municipal solid waste collection on Monday. If that's your day, put garbage, organics and recyclables at the curb on Saturday, May 21.

The Otter Lake Waste Management Facility, the municipal recycling plant and municipal composting facility, will be closed on Monday, but open for regular hours on Saturday.

The Household Special Waste Depot in Bayers Lake will be closed on Saturday, but there will be a mobile Household Special Waste Depot on Saturday at Mic Mac Mall.

The 311 Contact Centre will be operating on regular hours on Monday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The three Customer Service Centres that currently provide in-person access to municipal services and payments will be closed on Monday.


Meghan Groff

About the Author: Meghan Groff

Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the editor for CityNews Halifax.
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