Nova Scotia

Heritage Day 2020: What's open and closed in the Halifax area

This year's Nova Scotia Heritage Day honours the community of Africville.

On Monday, Nova Scotia honours the community of Africville

Residents should call ahead to find out which municipal services are operating regularly. (CBC)

Many businesses and services will be closed on Monday for Heritage Day in Nova Scotia. Here's a list of what's open and what's not across the Halifax region.


Sobeys, Atlantic Superstore, Costco and Walmart are closed. Gateway Meat Market in Dartmouth will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Beer, wine and liquor

NSLC: Closed, but agency stores will be open.

Garrison Brewing: The downtown Halifax location will be open from noon to 7 p.m., while the Quinpool Road location will be open from noon to 10 p.m.

Propeller Brewing: The Halifax location will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., while the Dartmouth location will be open from noon to 8 p.m.

Nine Locks Brewing: Open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Moosehead Cold Beer Store: Open from 10 a.m. to midnight.

Private liquor stores Bishop's Cellar (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.), WestSide Beer, Wine and Spirits (noon to 8 p.m.), RockHead (noon to 8 p.m.) and Harvest Wines and Spirits (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) are all open.


The Halifax Shopping Centre, Mic Mac Mall, Sunnyside Mall, Bedford Place Mall, Scotia Square and Park Lane Mall are all closed, although the movie theatre at Park Lane will be open.

Halifax Public Libraries

All library branches are closed.


Halifax Transit's buses and ferries will be operating on holiday service.

Waste collection

There will be no waste collection on Monday.


Several city recreation facilities will be closed, so residents should call ahead to find out whether they're open. The Halifax skating oval will be open and will have free public skates throughout the day.

Federal services

The designation of the third Monday in February as a statutory holiday is by provincial legislation and doesn't cover federal government employees, nor federally regulated industries such as telephone companies, railways and airlines.

That means many federal services will still be offered on Monday.

Service Canada offices will be open. Canada Post outlets will be open regular hours and there will be mail delivery.

Africville is shown in 1965, a few years before it was demolished by the city of Halifax. Many residents of Africville moved into the city's north end. (Nova Scotia Archives)

This year's Heritage Day honours the community of Africville. The black community stood along the Bedford Basin for more than a century before it was demolished by the city of Halifax in the 1960s.

Decades later, in 2010, the municipality apologized to the African Nova Scotian families that lost their homes and their community. This Heritage Day, people will gather at the site for a day of dedication and celebration.