What's open and what's closed in Montreal during the Easter weekend

Here is a list of how the holidays are affecting businesses, transportation and government services.

STM, AMT will operate on reduced schedule

Many activities like sugar shacks and museums will remain open during the Easter weekend. (Getty Images)


  • Retail stores are not allowed to open Sunday, March 27, with a few exceptions. Service businesses like restaurants and gas stations are allowed to stay open.
  • Most large grocery stores are closed March 27.
  • SAQ outlets are open March 25-26. SAQ Selection and Signature will close March 27. SAQ Classique and Express will remain open on March 27.


  • Many Quebec government offices will be closed Good Friday, March 25, and Easter Monday, March 28.
  • Many city offices, including all borough offices, will be closed March 25 and March 28.
  • Canada Post offices will be closed on March 25 and March 28.


  • STM: Bus lines will operate on a modified holiday schedule March 25 and March 28. Consult schedules here.
  • Société de transport de Laval: Saturday schedule running for March 25 and March 28. Consult schedules here.
  • Commuter trains are operating on a reduced schedule on March 25. Find out more here.


  • Parking meters will operate at all times over the Easter holiday and that motorists also must obey no-parking signs.

Sports and cultural facilities

  • The schedules of arenas, swimming pools, sports centres, libraries and cultural centres vary from borough to borough. Residents should contact these facilities directly to find out if they are open before making plans to visit.
  • The Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard will be closed on March 25 and March 28.


  • The boroughs will maintain household garbage, green waste, food waste and recycling collections according to the regular schedule.
  • Only the pickup of bulky items is postponed until April 6 in the LaSalle borough.


  • The Montréal Biodôme, Insectarium, Botanical Garden and Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium will be open to the public according to their regular schedule on March 25 and March 28.
  • The Pointe-à-Callière Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History will be open all weekend, including March 25 and March 28
  • Public markets will be open.
  • Ecocentres will be open on March 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but closed March 28. 
  • Tourism Montreal has a list of suggestions for things to do over the holiday weekend.