What's open and closed on Saint-Jean Baptiste Day in Montreal

Jun 19 2018, 8:05 pm

The Saint-Jean-Baptiste holiday weekend is quickly approaching so it’s time to start planning.

The holiday falls on Sunday, June 24 this year and will be celebrated on Monday, June 25 as a provincial holiday. That means that some businesses will be closed and some will not. Here is a list of everything that will be accessible in Montreal this Saint-Jean.

Nobody wants to be locked out of the SAQ on Monday, plan ahead!


  • All banks and unions will be closed.
  • All federal and provincial government offices will be closed.
  • Most retail stores and malls will be closed (with the exception of smaller stores).
  • All post offices will be closed.
  • All SAQ liquor stores will be closed.
  • Municipality offices are closed: libraries, town halls, consulates, embassies and courthouses.


  • Stores are generally open: Depanneurs and groceries stores are open at the owner’s discretion. Larger chains usually remain open.
  • The majority of restaurants will remain open.
  • Some pharmacies will remain open, especially larger chains like Jean Coutu and Pharmaprix.
  • The Biodome, the Botanical Garden, and the Montreal Science Centre will remain open.
  • Garbage and recycling pickup will mostly continue as normal, call 311 if you have any questions or concerns.
  • The majority of movie theatres stay open, especially the large chains like Scotiabank, Cineplex, and Guzzo.
  • Montreal museums such as the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the McCord Museum, and Pointe-A-Calliere will remain open.
  • Farmers’ markets, including Atwater Market, Jean-Talon Market, and Maisonneuve Market will remain open.
  • Public transit will remain in operation, though it will be operating on a weekend schedule. Consult the STM for planning your trips.
  • Municipal parks are open.

Keep in mind that the shops and restaurants that are open on Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day operate with a staff reduced by law, so be patient.

Bonne fête nationale, Quebec!

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