On November 11, Canadians across the nation will observe Remembrance Day.
And while Remembrance Day is not a statutory holiday in Ontario, some businesses and government offices in Toronto will still be closed on Monday.
In Toronto, City operations along with all municipal offices will be closed, while certain attractions will be open.
Additionally, Remembrance Day ceremonies will be taking place across Toronto during the morning hours, causing a number of road closures.
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To help you plan your day, here’s a list of what’s open and what’s closed in Toronto according to the city.
Open on Remembrance Day:
- Schools and universities
- Toronto Public Library branches. More info here.
- Most grocery stores
- City services that regularly operate 24 hours a day/seven days a week (emergency services and 311)
- LCBO stores will open at noon
- Most major shopping centres
- The TTC and GO Transit will be operating on a regular schedule. However, the TTC will have a two minute moment of silence on all vehicles at 11 am. Additionally, current and former members of Canada’s military are also permitted to ride for free on Remembrance Day. More info here.
- Tourist attractions, such as the Toronto Zoo, the CN Tower, and major movie theatres will also remain open.
- Banks will be closed
- Government offices will be closed
- There will be no mail delivery by Canada Post on Monday
* While the Royal Ontario Museum is closed on November 11, the museum offers free admission to Canadian Military personnel and Veterans for the week surrounding Remembrance Day (November 9 – 17, excluding November 11).
Old City Hall Service:
The following closures will be in place from 9 am to 1 pm on Monday, November 11:
- Bay St. between Dundas St. W. & Richmond St. W.
- Queen St. W. between Yonge St. and Osgoode Ln
- James St. between Queen St. W. and Albert St.
Queen’s Park Service:
The following closures will be in place from 8:30 am to 1 pm on Monday, November 11:
- Queen’s Park Crescent East between College St. and Wellesley St. W.
- Queen’s Park Crescent West between College St. and Hoskin Ave.
- Grosvenor St. between Queen’s Park Crescent East and Surrey Place
- Wellesley St. W. between Queen’s Park Crescent East and Queen’s Park Crescent West
Roads around Old City Hall (incl. sections of Bay St. and Queen St. W.) and Queen’s Park will be fully closed starting as early as 8:30 a.m. on Monday for Remembrance Day ceremonies. Learn more https://t.co/esmmNQdRvC #LestWeForget #TorontoRemembers pic.twitter.com/9uBDnVBfsC
— TO Transportation (@TO_Transport) November 7, 2019