What’s open, what’s closed on Thanksgiving Day in Hamilton, Burlington and Niagara Region – Hamilton

The Thanksgiving Day long weekend is upon us and that means not everything will be open on Monday.

The annual holiday, traditionally celebrated with cornucopias and pumpkins, will be a day off for most Ontarians.

Canada Post locations will be closed and mail collection and delivery is canceled for Oct. 10.

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If you’re hoping to knock off some errands or just get out and do something, here’s a list of what’s open and what’s closed in Hamilton, Burlington and Niagara Region.

Administrative offices: Offices are closed on Monday.

Licensing and bylaw services: The licensing and bylaw phone queue line will be closed on Monday. Service will resume on Tuesday.

Green bin, garbage and recycling: No collection on Monday. Pickup will be one day later if it falls on or after the holiday. The city says all materials must be at the curb by 7 am​ Community recycling centers and transfer stations will be closed.

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HSR Bus: Buses will operate on regular Sunday/holiday service on Monday.

GO Transit: Trains and buses are operating on a Saturday schedule.

ATS DARTS: Service will be operating with holiday service hours on Thanksgiving Day. Subscription trips on DARTS, with the exception of dialysis, are canceled for Monday. ATS customer service will also be closed on Monday. For more information on rides check out the city’s website.

Ontario Works: The program, including the Special Supports, will be closed. Phone service will resume on Monday.

Recreation centers: Closed on Oct. 10.

Hamilton civic museums: Dundurn National Historic Site, the Hamilton Military Museum and the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology will be closed on Oct. 10.

Art Gallery of Hamilton: Open 11 am to 4 pm Monday

Tourism Hamilton visitor information center: Close Monday.

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Hamilton Public Library: All HPL branches are closed. For information on what services are operating, visit the library’s website at hpl.ca.

Social Services: Housing services, as well as the Career Development Center and Special Supports, will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Senior Centers: These will either be closed or run on a modified (four-hour) schedule.

Arenas: Either closed or on a modified schedule.

Animal services: Closed on Monday.

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum at Mount Hope: closed. Weekly hours are 9 am to 5 pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

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Government offices: Government locations such as city hall, municipal offices and facilities will be closed Monday.

Administrative services: Services including parks, roads and forestry will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Animal Shelter and Control: Close Monday. Emergencies can be called in to 905-335-3030.


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Recreation centers: Indoor drop-in activities such as swimming and gym times are on a reduced schedule over the Thanksgiving Day long weekend. Visit burlington.ca/outdoorplay for more information.

Halton Provincial Offenses Court: Closed on Monday.

Free parking: Available Monday in the downtown core in municipal lots, on-street and in the parking garage, however, the Waterfront parking lots (east and west) do not provide free parking on statutory holidays. Paid parking, on weekends only, is in effect at Beachway Park. Reservations are required for Lowville Park.

Burlington Transit: Transit will operate a Sunday schedule Monday. The downtown transit terminal, specialized dispatch and the administration office will be closed.

Government offices: City halls, the Enterprise Center and administration offices are all closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Parks, recreation and cultural services: Administration offices are all closed on Oct. 10.

  • Open on Monday: Lakeside Park Carousel, Happy Rolph’s Animal Farm, Morningstar Mill, Garden City Golf Course, and the Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Center
  • Closed on Monday: St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Center; arenas; Russell Avenue and Port Weller community centers; Dunlop Drive, Port Dalhousie and West St. Catharines older adult centers; Victoria Lawn Cemetery administration office; FirstOntario Performing Arts Center and Meridian Center box offices; Port Dalhousie Pool and Lincoln Park pools are now closed for the season

St. Catherine’s Museum; Welland Canals Centre: Both facilities will be open Monday from 9 am to 5 pm

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St Catherine Transit; Niagara Falls Transit: Both services will operate on a Sunday schedule for Thanksgiving Day.

Welland Transit: No daytime or evening service Monday.

Canada Post: No collection or delivery of mail on Oct. 10. However, some post offices operated by the private sector may be open.

Grocery stores: Major grocery stores like Fortinos, Metro, FreshCo and No Frills will be closed on Monday. There are some exceptions in Niagara Falls, including:

  • Sobeys on Portage Road: 7 am to 10 pm
  • Foodland on Dock Street: 9 am to 6 pm

Shoppers Drug Mart: Many locations will be open on Oct. 10, but not all. Thanksgiving Day hours can be seen on the Shoppers store locator map.

malls: Most major shopping centers in Hamilton, Burlington, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls will be closed. Other outlets’ hours are as follows:

  • Eastgate Square: Closed
  • Lime Ridge Mall: Closed
  • The Center on Barton: Most stores will be closed
  • The Pen Center: Closed
  • Fairview Mall: Closed
  • Mapleview Centre: Closed
  • Burlington Centre: Closed
  • Outlet Collection at Niagara Falls: Open 11 am to 7 pm
  • CF Toronto Eaton Center: Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Toronto Premium Outlets in Halton Hills: Open 9:30 am to 7 pm
  • Pacific Mall in Toronto: Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In Toronto, retailers in designated tourist areas such as Yorkville, downtown Yonge, Queen’s Quay West and the Distillery District can stay open, according to City of Toronto bylaws.

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walmart: Most Walmarts in the GTHA will be closed but the Niagara Falls Supercentre on Oakwood Drive will be open on Oct. 10 between 7 am and 11 pm


The Beer Store: All Beer Stores will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

LCBO: Most stores will be closed, but there are exceptions at some Niagara locations, including:

  • Avondale on Victoria Avenue in Vineland: 9 am to 11 pm
  • Forks Road at Wainfleet: 7am to 10pm
  • Canboro Road in Fenwick: 7am to 10pm
  • Foodland’s LCBO Outlet on Dock Street in Niagara Falls (Chippawa): 9 am to 6 pm

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Niagara Falls: Most Niagara Falls attractions will be running on the holiday Monday, including the Whirlpool Aero Car, Journey Behind the Falls, Botanical Gardens, Butterfly Conservatory and all the nature and garden parks and centers.

Hours of operation can be seen on the Niagara parks website.

However, some heritage sites like the McKenzie Printery and McFarland House will be closed. Also, some dining spots like the Whirlpool Restaurant and Queenston Heights restaurant will be closed.

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Toronto: Most Toronto attractions will be open on Oct. 10, including:

  • Art Gallery of Ontario: 10:30 am to 4 pm
  • Casa Loma: Open 9:30 am to 10 pm
  • CN Tower: Open 9am to 9pm
  • Hockey Hall of Fame: Open 10 am to 5 pm
  • Ontario Science Center: Open 10 am to 5 pm
  • Ripley’s Aquarium: Open 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Royal Ontario Museum: Open 10 am to 5:30 pm
  • Splash Works: Open 11 am to 7 pm
  • Toronto Zoo: Open 9:30 am to 6:00 pm

The Aga Khan Museum, Canada’s Wonderland and Splash Works will be closed.

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