Retailers in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I. face a fine if retailers open on the Boxing Day holiday.
There are exceptions such as drug stores, gas stations and some restaurants which are allowed to open.
That makes today the big sale day in the region, however weather forecasters are predicting wintry weather.
CBC reporter Angela MacIvor was out early in Halifax on Friday. She said there was a steady stream of people filed in to the Future Shop store in Dartmouth Crossing that opened early at 6 a.m.
About 50 people lined up this morning compared to 80 last year. Staff say the popularity of Black Friday sales as well as road
conditions may be factors, but they're still happy with the flow of traffic.