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Easter weekend: What’s open/closed and events

PATRICIA D'CUNHA AND AMBER LEBLANC | posted Thursday, Mar 24th, 2016

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The Easter weekend is upon us, and while some of us are heading to family gatherings and church services, others will be hopping at parades and Easter egg hunts.

As always, as you make your long weekend plans, consult our list of what’s open and closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Hope you have a relaxing long weekend!

What’s open and closed

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Food and drink

All LCBO and Beer Store locations will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

While all Beer stores are open on Easter MondayLCBO stores will be open but with modified hours. Before the weekend, some LCBO stores have extended hours on Thursday.

Most grocery stores will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, but some are open. Call ahead before heading out. The Loblaws on Carlton Street is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Sunday, while the Sobeys Urban Fresh on Bay Street is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on both days.

Transit, garbage and other services

The TTC is running on holiday service on Good Friday and regular service the rest of the weekend, while GO Transit is on a Sunday schedule on Good Friday and will run on regular schedules the rest of the long weekend.

Government offices, including municipal buildings like Toronto City Hall, are closed Friday to Monday. However, City Hall will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday so that people can pay their respects to former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who willie in repose in the rotunda until Tuesday.

Banks will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Also, mail won’t be delivered on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

All Toronto Public Library branches will be closed Friday, Sunday and Monday, but are open on Saturday.

In Toronto, daytime curbside residential collection will take place on Good Friday and is not collected on any Monday. Click here for more details.

Shopping centres

Some malls will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, while most malls will be open on Monday.

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Bayview Village
Good Friday (closed but some restaurants are open), Easter Sunday (closed)

Bramalea City Centre
Closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday

Dufferin Mall
Closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday

East York Town Centre
Closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday

Eaton Centre
Open on Good Friday (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and Easter Sunday (noon to 5 p.m.)

Fairview Mall
Closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday

Pacific Mall
Open 365 days a year

Scarborough Town Centre
Closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday

Sherway Gardens
Closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday

Square One
Closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday

The Promenade
Open on Good Friday (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and closed Easter Sunday

Toronto Premium Outlets
Open on Good Friday (9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.) and Easter Sunday (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.)

Upper Canada Mall
Open on Good Friday (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and closed Easter Sunday

Vaughan Mills Mall
Closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday

Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday

Yorkville Village
Open on Good Friday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Easter Sunday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Tourist attractions

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Art Gallery of Ontario

Open on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, but closed on MondayClick here for hours.

City of Toronto activities
Recreation programs won’t be held at parks and recreation facilities on Good Friday and Easter MondayClick here for more information.

The city’s 10 historic sites will be closed on Friday but will be open on Saturday and Sunday. Fort York National Historic Site and Spadina Museum are the only locations that will open on Monday.

Casa Loma
Open over the Easter weekend from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CN Tower
Open over the Easter weekendClick here for hours.

Hockey Hall of Fame
Open over the Easter weekend. Click here for hours.

Ontario Science Centre
Open over the Easter weekend. Click here for hours.

Ripley’s Aquarium
Open over the Easter weekendClick here for hours.

Royal Ontario Museum
Open over the Easter weekendClick here for hours.

Toronto Zoo
Open over the Easter weekendClick here for hours.

Events

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Easter parade and egg hunts
The two-houEaster parade will be rolling through the Beach on Sunday, featuring floats, marching bands, and an appearance by the Easter bunny. It starts at 2 p.m.

There are a few Easter egg hunts to check out, including one aSpringdale Farm in Milton and another in at Kortright Centre For Conservation in Woodbridge.

Spring Canadian Pet Expo
Canada’s largesevent for our furry friends takes over the International Centre this weekend. You’re encouraged to bring your pet to the show with you to check out three massive pet-friendly halls. The show is also home to Canada’s biggest cat show, put on by the Canadian Cat Association. Tickets are available here or at the door.

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One of a Kind Show and Sale
Celebrating homemade excellence – that’s the focus of the One of a Kind Show and Sale at the Enercare Centre. It features more than 450 artisans selling everything from furniture to jewellery to stained glass. Click here for tickets.

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Toronto Indoor Games
Some incredible musicians will be piping and drumming away Saturday during the annual Toronto Indoor Games. It’s a long standing tradition taking place at the Moss Park Armoury in downtown Toronto. Some of the best pipers and drummers in the province will be competing in solos, quartets and bands. Admission is just $5 and everyone is welcome.

TTC changes
Great news for TTC bus riders. The TTC says five new express routes start later this week, one on Easter Sunday and four on Easter Monday.

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First up on Sunday, the 185 Don Mills rocket will operate between Steeles Ave. East and Pape Stations. Then on Monday, riders will be able to ride the 24E Victoria Park Express, the 186 Wilson rocket, the 199 Finch rocket, and the 188 Kipling South rocket. These buses will make limited stops in order to get riders where they’re going faster.

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