Nova Scotia

What's open and closed for Victoria Day in Halifax area

The Victoria Day long weekend marks the beginning of summer for many Nova Scotians, but some services will not be available and others may operate for reduced hours.

Holiday is not a designated retail closing day in Nova Scotia

Some businesses will be closed and services unavailable in Nova Scotia on Monday. (optimarc / Shutterstock)

Many Nova Scotians view the Victoria Day long weekend as the beginning of summer. Although it is not a general holiday or a designated retail closing day, some services will not be available on Monday and others will operate with reduced hours.


Most grocery stores, including Sobeys and Atlantic Superstore locations, will be open regular hours.

Liquor and beer

NSLC stores will be open.


  • Halifax Shopping Centre: Open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Mic Mac Mall: Open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunnyside Mall: Open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Bedford Place Mall: Open 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Park Lane Mall: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Scotia Square: Closed.

Garbage Collection

There will be no curbside collection of trash, recycling or compost on Monday. 

The Otter Lake Waste Management Facility, the Halifax recycling facility and municipal composting facilities will also be closed on Monday.


Halifax Transit buses will run on a holiday schedule Monday.

The Blue Nose Marathon also takes place May 18-20. On Sunday, there may be some route detours to accommodate the runners in the marathon.


There is no charge at on-street parking meters on Monday. Motorists are reminded to abide by posted signage.

There will also be some parking bans on Sunday for the Blue Nose Marathon.

Municipal Services

Many city-run facilities and community centres will be closed Monday. All branches of the Halifax Library will be closed.

The 311 call centre will operate regular hours, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Monday, but customer service centres will be closed.