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What’s open & closed in Toronto for the August long weekend

Sarah-Joyce Battersby | posted Friday, Aug 1st, 2014

Properly called Simcoe Day, commonly called the August civic holiday, most people in the Greater Toronto Area can call Monday a day off.

Businesses are not required to close Monday under the provincial Retail Business Holidays Act, so they may open at the discretion of the municipality.

The holiday is also observed in most other provinces and territories, although it goes by different names and is often celebrated with different traditions: In Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island the day is known as as Natal Day, while it is Regatta Day in Newfoundland. Even in Ottawa the Civic Holiday goes by a different name, often referred to as Colonel By Day.


  • Tourist attractions (ROM, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto Zoo, Ripley’s Aquarium)
  • Major malls (Eaton Centre, Yorkville, Fairview, Sherway Gardens, Square One, Vaughan Mills)
  • Select Beer Store locations (Click here for a full list)
  • LCBO (About 370 corporate stores will be open. Click here to check the hours for your location. Authorized LCBO vendors in small towns may open at their own discretion.)
  • Movie theaters


  • Tourist attractions (AGO, TIFF Bell Lightbox)
  • Banks
  • Government offices
  • Post offices and mail delivery
  • All Toronto Public Library branches

Weekend Events

  • Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival
  • OVO Fest
  • Rogers Cup
  • TD Irie Music Festival

Click here for a full list of road closures over the long weekend.


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