It goes without saying; the Easter Holidays will have a vastly different feel this coming weekend than in years past.
With private gatherings still prohibited, you might be swapping big meals with friends and families for Zoom calls in between Netflix movies.
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For people in Montreal planning on leaving the house to get food, goods, treats, and yes, booze, here is what’s open and closed across the island for the long weekend.
Most City of Montreal offices are closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday, including Accès-Montréal offices and borough offices.
The city’s 311 information line will operate throughout the Easter weekend, including on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Call 311 to confirm which offices are closed in your neighbourhood.
SAQ & SQDC
The SAQ will be open from 10 am to 7 pm on Good Friday, 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, 12 pm to 5 pm on Sunday, and 12 pm to 5 pm on Easter Monday.
For people looking to get a little green during the long weekend, the SQDC is open from 9 am to 9 pm Friday and Monday, 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday, and is closed on Sunday.
Federal and provincial government offices
Federal and employment offices will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Provincial offices such as immigration offices will also be closed. Call the office/service you’re concerned about to double-check as some exceptions may apply, such as government-regulated SAQ liquor stores.
Collection services (household waste, bulky items, recycling, food waste, organic waste, and leaves) are maintained as scheduled. For more information, visit borough specifics on the city’s website or dial 311.
Museums will be open throughout the island, to the venue’s discretion. We’d recommend calling to make sure.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will be open from 10 am to 5 pm all weekend (including Good Friday and Easter Monday).
Espace pour la vie, including the Biodôme, will be open from 9 am to 5 pm all weekend, Friday and Monday included.
- Service-based businesses like hair salons, gas stations, and manufacturers are free to open at the owner’s discretion.
- The Eaton Centre will be open on Good Friday, Saturday, and Easter Monday but will be closed on Sunday.
- Montreal’s public markets, including the Atwater Market, Marché Jean-Talon, and Marché Maisonneuve, will operate under regular hours throughout the long weekend.
- Grocery stores larger than 375 square meters in size are not legally allowed to be open on Easter Sunday. Grocery stores under 375 square meters in size can open at their discretion, though hours may be reduced (we recommend calling before visiting).
- Most pharmacy chains remain open as they’re under no legal obligation to close. We’d recommend calling your local pharmacy if in doubt.
- Montreal’s corner stores and 24-hour chains generally remain open all weekend, at the owner’s discretion.
All of the city’s online services remain accessible during the Easter Holidays.
The STM will be operating throughout Easter weekend. Bus routes will be operating on special schedules, and metro intervals are set at 10 minutes apart.
The STM urges weekend travellers to plan their trips before departure through their website due to adjusted schedules.
Movie theatres are permitted to stay open at the owner’s discretion. Downtown’s Scotiabank Theatre will be open all weekend, so too will the Cinéma Cineplex Forum at Atwater.
Take note that movie theatres are showing limited releases of new movies due to the ongoing pandemic.
But yes, Godzilla vs. Kong will be showing downtown and at Atwater.