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What's open and what's closed over the Victoria Day long weekend

Here's a look at what will be open and closed over the long weekend
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The Victoria Day long weekend is upon us. Here's a look at what will be open and closed this weekend.


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

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

Pharmacies are open Monday, but some may be operating with reduced hours.

Many stores and shops will also be open, however they may have reduced hours of operation.

Expect banks to be closed Monday and likely Sunday.


For the Memorial Cup, on Saturday, May 18th, the Alderney Ferry will be running every 15 mins from 12 p.m. -8 p.m. Outside of these times, the ferry will run on regular weekend service. Woodside Ferry will not be running.

Halifax Transit buses will be operating on a holiday schedule on Victoria Day, with the exception of Route 60, which will service the Woodside Terminal in both directions from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Monday, the Woodside Ferry will be running 30-minute service from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. The first ferry will depart Woodside Ferry Terminal at 2:07 p.m. and the last ferry will depart Halifax Ferry Terminal for Woodside at 8:52 p.m. Alderney Ferry will run on holiday schedule.

On-street parking meter spaces in Halifax Regional Municipality are free, but motorists will still need to obey other posted signage.


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 18.

All branches and departments of Halifax Public Libraries will be closed Monday. They also plan on updating the library database that day, so from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., no one will be able to place holds, pause/resume holds, renew items, and view some borrowing and account information. There will also be limited access to some digital resources.

The Household Special Waste Depot in Bayers Lake will be closed on Saturday.

The Otter Lake Waste Management Facility, the Halifax recycling facility, and municipal composting facilities will be closed on Monday.

The 311 Contact Centre will be operating on regular hours, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Victoria Day but the five Customer Service Centres that provide in-person access to municipal services and payments will be closed.


Nearly all provincial day-use parks and several camping parks open for the season this weekend.

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site opens for the season Friday, May 17.

Most municipally-operated recreation facilities will be closed on Victoria Day, call ahead.

Meghan Groff

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