As Maritimers mark Canada’s 151st birthday this long weekend, here’s a look at what’s open and closed in Halifax.
Shopping and retail (and yes, the NSLC)
The provincial government has new legislation that allows the retail industry to honour Canada Day on July 1, which happens to fall on a Sunday this year. Previously, the province followed the federal Holidays Act, which stated that when Canada Day fell on a Sunday, the holiday would be observed on the Monday.
What does it mean? Malls and stores (yes, including the NSLC) will be closed on Sunday, July 1, but open on Monday, July 2.
Halifax Transit bus and ferry services
Public transit buses will be running on Sunday service schedules on July 1 and on holiday service on July 2.
The Alderney ferry will be free all day on July 1 for people who want to catch the concert and fireworks at Alderney Landing. That ferry will run from 7:30 a.m. Sunday until 1:30 a.m. Monday, and passengers are encouraged to bring a donation for Feed Nova Scotia.
There will be no Woodside ferry service on July 1, but it will run between 7:37 a.m. and 9:07 p.m. on July 2.
A detailed look at the schedules can be found online.
Garbage and recycling
There will be no municipal curbside collection on Canada Day. Services will resume on Monday, July 2.
Beaches, pools and recreation facilities
The forecast for the long weekend is hot and humid, so many residents may be heading to municipal beaches and outdoor pools.
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Beaches and the pools at the Halifax Common, Bedford (Shore Drive) and Cole Harbour (Colby Drive) officially open to the public on Sunday, July 1.
In general, lifeguard supervision will be available from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. For a list of beaches, pools and splash pads, check out halifax.ca/rec/Aquatics/Beaches site online.