Remembrance Day 2017: What's open and closed in the Halifax region

Most businesses will be closed Saturday as Nova Scotians honour Remembrance Day and the people who have served Canada in war.

Most stores and banks are closed Saturday; schools and government offices will be closed Monday

Thousands of people are expected to attend Remembrance Day ceremonies Saturday across Nova Scotia. (Angela MacIvor/CBC)

Many businesses will be closed Saturday as Nova Scotians honour Remembrance Day and the people who have served Canada in war.

Here's a list of what's open and what's not across the Halifax region on Saturday.


Under the Remembrance Day Act, most retail businesses must be closed Nov. 11, including malls and grocery stores.

There are a few exceptions, including drug stores and gas stations.

Farmers markets

  • The Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market will be closed.
  • The Historic Farmers' Market in Halifax will be open.
  • The Alderney Landing Farmers' Market in Dartmouth will be open.

Alcohol retailers

  • All NSLC locations are closed, but individual agency stores may be open.
  • Bishop's Cellar in Halifax will be closed.
  • Rockhead Wine and Beer Market in Halifax will be open from noon to 8 p.m.
  • WestSide Beer Wine Spirits in Halifax will be open from noon to 8 p.m.

Halifax Public Libraries

All Halifax Public Libraries locations will be closed.

Halifax Transit

Halifax Transit will be operating on its holiday schedule.

Veterans, military members and their accompanying family members will be offered free rides on buses and harbour ferries. Halifax Transit asks members to be in uniform or show their military identification card.

Street closures

A number of rolling street closures are planned in Halifax as Remembrance Day processions make their way to ceremonies.

Parades will be marching to the following locations Saturday morning:

  • Cenotaph at the Halifax Armouries, North Park Street, Halifax, starting at 10:15 a.m.
  • Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Lower Water Street, Halifax, starting at 10:20 a.m.
  • Cenotaph at Grand Parade, Halifax, starting at 10:30 a.m.
  • Royal Canadian Legion, Somme Branch 31, King Street, Dartmouth, starting at 10:30 a.m.
  • The service usually held at the Sullivans Pond cenotaph has been relocated to the bandshell facility due to the Halifax Water project on Ochterloney Street.
  • Royal Canadian Legion, Dieppe Branch 90, Rocky Lake Drive, Waverley, starting at 10:50 a.m.
  • Cenotaph at Sackville Heritage Park, Memory Lane, Sackville, starting at 10:45 a.m.
  • Cenotaph at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall, Sussex Street, Spryfield, starting at 10:45 a.m.


In Halifax, on-street parking will be free, but motorists must abide by other parking signs.

What about Monday?

Federal and provincial government offices, as well as all public schools in the province, are closed Monday, Nov. 13.