What is open and closed in the Halifax area on Heritage Day 2023?

Many shops are closed for the provincial holiday on Monday February 20th.  (Roman Sigaev/Shutterstock - photo credit)

Many shops are closed for the provincial holiday on Monday February 20th. (Roman Sigaev/Shutterstock – photo credit)

Many businesses and services will close on Heritage Day Monday in Nova Scotia. Here is a list of what is and isn’t open in the Halifax area.


Sobeys, Atlantic Superstore, Costco and Walmart are closed. Gateway Meat Market in Dartmouth is open from 8:30am to 6:00pm

Beer, wine and spirits

NSLC: Closed, but agency shops may be open.

Garrison Brewing: The downtown Halifax location is open from 12pm to 7pm, while the Quinpool Road location is open from 8am to 11pm

Propeller Brewing: The Halifax and Dartmouth locations are open from noon to 8pm

Nine Locks Brewing: Open from 10am to 9pm

Moosehead Cold Beer Store: Open 10am to midnight.

Private liquor stores Bishop’s Cellar (10am-10pm), WestSide Beer, Wine and Spirits (12pm-8pm), RockHead (12pm-8pm) and Harvest Wines and Spirits ( 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) are all open.

Shopping centers

The Halifax Shopping Centre, Mic Mac Mall, Sunnyside Mall, Bedford Place Mall, Scotia Square and Park Lane Mall are all closed, however the Park Lane Cinema will remain open.

Halifax Public Libraries

All library branches are closed.


Halifax Transit buses and ferries operate on holiday services.

garbage collection

There is no garbage pickup on Monday.


Several city recreation facilities are closing, so residents should call ahead to find out if they’re open. The Halifax Ice Skating Oval will be closed to public skating.

federal services

The designation of the third Monday in February as a public holiday is provided by state legislation and does not apply to federal employees or federally regulated industries such as telephone companies, railroads and airlines.

That means many federal services will be offered on Monday.

Service Canada offices are open. Canada Post offices are open and delivering mail during regular hours.

Submitted by George Paul

Submitted by George Paul

Rita Joe honored

This year’s Heritage Day in Nova Scotia pays tribute to Rita Joe, a Mi’kmaw poet remembered for her writings that have spotlighted the enduring damage caused by Canada’s boarding school system.

The late Cape Breton was born in Whycocomagh, NS in 1932 and later moved to Eskasoni First Nation.



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