Here's what's open and closed in Metro Vancouver for the Queen's funeral

Sep 15 2022, 6:25 pm

Monday is now a national day to mourn the longest-serving monarch in British history.

Canada’s Head of State was pronounced dead on Thursday, September 8. Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

On September 19, the day of the state funeral, a procession will bring the Queen’s coffin from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey in London.

Since the Queen’s funeral will be a federal holiday in Canada, no federal workers will be working Monday.

BC later followed the federal government’s lead and closed schools, but didn’t make the day a statutory holiday for everyone. 

Here’s a breakdown of what’s open and closed Monday:

Vancouver City Hall: Closed

Vancouver City Council has declared September 19 as a civic holiday.

So, City Hall will be closed on Monday.

A number of other municipalities city halls (like North Vancouver, Maple Ridge and Surrey) have closed for the day.

Vancouver recreation facilities: Open

The City of Vancouver says city-run recreation facilities will remain open with programming available, “as they have been deemed an essential service to their communities.”

The City adds, Park Board facilities will be open and will be adding options for families who find themselves without childcare or youth care support.

A list of the additional programs being offered for school-aged children and the hours can be found Friday at 10 am online.

Vancouver public libraries: Open

Vancouver Public Library branches will remain open and hours can be found on its site.

Canada Post: Closed

Canada Post will be closed for a day of mourning for its employees.

There will be no mail collection or delivery and post offices will be closed.

Franchise locations may be open.

Banks: Open 

Banks in Canada will remain open for normal business.

In a statement, Canadian Bankers Association said it recognizes the significance of the Queen’s death and its historic relevance and banks stand with Canadians in honouring Canada’s Head of State.

But Canadian banks will continue to deliver essential services Monday.

These services include open banking systems, the continuous functioning of payroll for workers, scheduled bill payments, child support, and mortgage closings.

BC Courts: Closed

All Provincial Court locations will be closed Monday.

Court appearances scheduled for September 19 are adjourned and court cases will need to be rescheduled.

TransLink: Open

TransLink services will continue to run throughout the day with regular fare fees.

Bus, SeaBus, West Coast Express, and Canada Line will operate on a standard weekday schedule.

The SkyTrain will run on standard weekday hours with reduced peak service.

HandyDART will operate with holiday-level service.


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The TransLink Customer Service Centre, Access Transit Customer Care Office and Lost Property will be closed.

ICBC: Closed

On Monday, all ICBC offices will be closed.

Essential services like reporting a claim and renewing an insurance policy will continue to be available.

Meanwhile, road test appointments will need to be rescheduled.

ICBC says it has started to rebook people who had appointments on Monday on a priority basis.

Grocery Stores: Open

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All grocery stores and BC Liquor stores will be operating during usual open hours:

However, there may be some liquor stores that are normally closed on Mondays which will remain closed.

Pharmacies: Open

All pharmacies will be open during regular operating hours:

Malls and Entertainment: Open

Malls and attractions like Science World and Vancouver Art Gallery will be open during regular operating hours:

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