Happy Thanksgiving, Montreal! On a day that’s typically filled with family, friends, and the profound joy that comes with shamelessly overeating, we’ve undoubtedly got a lot to feel thankful for. Nevertheless, there’s still one thing that’s hard not to complain about on any major holiday: certain stores and services being closed.

Thankfully, gone are the days when the majority of shops would stay closed on Thanksgiving Monday; due to the realization that there is (or at least, was) high demand for basic holiday/life necessities on these days and very little competition, many stores (especially the big chains) have opted to stay open throughout Thanksgiving and most other holidays. So if you’re heading to a festive dinner tonight and forgot to pick up some sort of alcohol or seasonal pie in advance, never fear! According to CBC News, here’s the basic rundown of what you can expect to be open or closed this Thanksgiving Monday in Montreal:


  • Advanced polling stations.
  • SAQs.
  • Grocery stores and public markets (The Gazette states that “the Atwater, Jean Talon and Maisonneuve markets will be open from 8 am to 5 pm).
  • Shopping malls.
  • Pharmacies.
  • Restaurants.
  • Public transit authorities, on a holiday or modified schedule. Consult the alternate schedules on their respective websites.
  • Some museums will be open, including the Biodôme, Planetarium, Insectarium and Botanical Garden.
  • Garbage and recycling collection will proceed as regularly scheduled.
  • Ecocentres are open according to regular schedule.


  • Post offices.
  • Federal, provincial and municipal service and government buildings.
  • Municipal courthouse.
  • Claude-Robillard sports complex (except its outside tennis courts).

So while having most government-run services closed for the day may prove to be a huge inconvenience, at least you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that when it comes to your Thanksgiving feast, you should be able to go out and grab just about anything you need. Just make sure you give yourself a bit of extra travel time if you’re taking the STM, though; The Gazette notes that “buses and métro trains will operate on a holiday schedule” (for all their schedules, consult the STM’s website).

How are you spending your Thanksgiving Monday in Montreal? Snap a picture and share it with #themainmtl on Instagram