What's open and closed on Easter weekend in Montreal

Apr 18 2019, 4:18 pm

With a long weekend in store, Montrealers are going to want to be enjoying the city this Easter weekend.

In case you run out of (Mini) eggs or you’re looking for something fun to enjoy with the family, here’s a look at what’s open and what’s closed in Montreal from Good Friday to Easter Monday.

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Transit

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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.

Municipal offices

Most City of Montreal offices are closed 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.

Garbage and recycling schedule

Street’s individual garbage and recycling schedules will vary if they happen to fall on Good Friday or Easter Monday, check your municipality’s website or call 311 for details in each respective area.

Shopping

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Under Quebec law, retail stores will not be allowed to open on Easter Sunday except for bookstores, flower shops, and antique shops.

  • Service-based business like hair salons, restaurants, 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 the 21st.
  • 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).
  • Montreal’s SAQs generally stay open on Good Friday and Saturday. SAQ Express outlets will be open on Easter Sunday until 10 pm. SAQs located inside shopping malls will be closed on Sunday. Visit the SAQ website for specific store hours.
  • 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.

Federal and provincial government offices

Federal and employment offices will be closed Good Friday and Easter Monday as well as provincial offices such as immigration offices. Call the office/service you’re concerned about to double check as some exceptions may apply, such as government-regulated SAQ liquor stores (consult SAQ holiday schedule details here).

Municipal Court Offices

The Montreal Municipal Court is closed on both Good Friday and Easter Monday. Call (514) 872-2964 for details.

Parking Meters

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Montreal parking meters follow their regular schedule throughout Easter weekend. No exceptions (find Easter chocolates, not tickets).

Banks

Generally, Canadian banks and financial institutions are closed on Good Friday but open Easter Monday.

Entertainment

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  • Montreal movie theatres, including the Scotia Bank Cinema and Dollar Cinema, will be open all Easter weekend.
  • The majority of Montreal’s restaurants will remain open throughout the weekend. Again, call beforehand to make sure.
  • The Montreal Planetarium will be open all weekend.
  • The Montreal Science Centre will be open throughout the weekend.
  • The Montreal Botanical Garden and Montreal Insectarium are open all weekend.
  • The Montreal Casino, Notre-Dame Basilica and St. Joseph’s Oratory is open throughout the Easter weekend.
  • Arenas, swimming pools, sports complexes, and library schedules vary per neighbourhood.

Enjoy the long weekend, Montreal!

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