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What’s Open And What’s Closed On Family Day?



Family Day 2015: What's Open And What's Clossed

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Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 is Family Day in Canada and that means many businesses are closed for the holiday.

The third Monday in February has been designated as the day when family members and friends get together to celebrate. Not coincidentally, the holiday is on the same day as Presidents Day in the United States. Family Day has been celebrated in Alberta since the 1990s. But it was first celebrated in Ontario in 2008.

Most of the usual family attractions are open on Family Day. Movie theaters and stage shows that are normally open on Monday will be open. It is a good idea to check times, since some live theaters are regularly closed on Mondays. Shopping is always a favorite activity, and that can be done at the Eaton Centre or in the Downtown Yonge area.

City offices, daycares, and schools will all be closed. Likewise, banks and liquor stores will not be open. It might be a good idea to stock up on any food items needed for the holiday since many grocery stores will not be open that day.

Here is what’s open on Family Day in Toronto and the GTA:

  • GO Transit and TTC are on holiday schedules
  • Post offices, except some located in retail outlets (there is mail delivery on Family Day)
  • Federal government offices
  • Some malls, including Eaton Centre, Vaughan Mills, Pacific Mall and Square One
  • Most museums and tourist attractions

Here’s a look at what is closed:

  • Banks
  • Schools
  • Public libraries
  • LCBO outlets and Beer Stores
  • Most grocery stores
  • Provincial offices

Karen is a Toronto based writer, and has been writing full-time for eCanadaNow since May of 2011, covering many topics including politics and world issues. Prior to her work writing and editing for eCanadaNow, she worked as a freelance journalist. You can email Karen at [Karene at]


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