Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day is here again. Quebec’s Fête nationale will see most of the province shut down as revellers gather in celebration of the beautiful province.

In Montreal, several institutions will remain open, and some city services will continue. But many purveyors of critical holiday supplies and liquid fun will close their doors.

Here’s what’s open and closed in Montreal for the Fête nationale.

(At Least Somewhat) Open & Operating

  • Montreal public markets
    • Here are the operating hours of the three largest on Friday:
      • Jean-Talon Market: 8 am to 6 pm
      • Marché Atwater: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      • Maisonneuve Market: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Space for life museums (with regular hours)
    • Biodome
    • Biosphere
    • Botanical Garden
    • Insectarium
    • Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium
  • Trash, recycling, compost and yard waste pickup.
    • Boroughs’ regular Friday pickup times will not change.
  • Écocentres (regular summer hours)
  • Metro Plus De la Montagne (grocery store)
    • This will be the only Metro grocery store open in Montreal on Friday (from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.). A few others elsewhere in the province will be open, too.
  • Provigo on avenue des Canadiens
    • It appears this will be the sole open Provigo in Montreal. Posted Friday hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • The STM network
    • Buses will run on a holiday schedule.


  • Most grocery stores, including:
    • Maxi.
    • Walmart.
    • Most Super Cs
      • Five Super Cs will be open in the province, none of which are in Montreal.
    • Most Provigos.
    • Adonis Market
      • Locations don’t post any holiday hours online.
    • IGA
      • Online, many IGA locations say their Fête nationale hours are “not available.”
  • The SQDC
    • Same-day delivery and online order pickup services will also not be operating.
  • The SAQ
    • On Thursday, most locations will close at 7 p.m. But SAQ 20 h will still close at 8 p.m. Thursday, and SAQ Express will close at 9 p.m.
  • Malls and shopping centres, including:
  • Canada Post
    • There will be no mail collection or delivery. But Canada Post says “post offices operated by the private sector will be open according to the hours of service of the host business.” However, information about which office will be open isn’t available online.
  • Montreal municipal permit counters.
  • Montreal libraries and cultural centres.
  • Municipal courts.