Labour Day weekend is here, and for kids, it’s all about one last weekend of summer play. While for parents, it may be about doing some serious back-to-school shopping! Whether you need to fill those lunchboxes, find indoor shoes for school, stock up on glue sticks, or just find something fun to do as a family, you’ll need to know what’s open this weekend. Here’s a guide to what is open and closed in Toronto on Labour Day weekend.

What’s Open on Labour Day

  • Museums and indoor attractions. Most museums and indoor attractions are open, including the ROM, the AGO, the Ontario Science Centre, Ripley’s Aquarium, the Aga Khan Museum, PAMA, and the Spadina Museum.
  • Outdoor attractions. There’s lots to do while the sun is shining! Open all weekend and on Monday are Canada’s Wonderland, Wet ‘n Wild Toronto, Fort York National Historic Site, the Toronto Zoo, Evergreen Brick Works, Centreville, Bingemans Big Splash (Kitchener), Treetop Trekking (all locations) and Treewalk Village.
  • Malls and shopping centres. Most are closed on Monday but a handful are open on Labour Day: Eaton Centre downtown (11 am–7 pm); Mississauga’s Square One (11 am–6 pm); Bramalea City Centre in Brampton (11 am–6 pm); Toronto Premium Outlets in Halton Hills (9:30 am–7 pm); Hillcrest Mall in Richmond Hill (11 am–6 pm); Promenade Mall in Thornhill (11 am–6 pm); Upper Canada Mall in Newmarket (11 am–6 pm); Vaughan Mills outlet mall (10 am–7 pm), Tanger Outlet Mall in Cookstown (11 am–6 pm).
  • Indigo and Chapters bookstores. The following branches are open on Labour Day: Yonge & Eglinton (10 am–10 pm), Bay & Bloor (10 am–10 pm), Mount Sinai IndigoSpirit (11 am–5 pm), Eaton Centre (11 am–7 pm), Woodbridge (11 am–7 pm), Richmond Hill (noon–6 pm). All other locations in Toronto and the GTA are closed.
  • The CNE. The Ex is still on all weekend long, with regular hours Saturday and Sunday; on Monday, gates close at 5 pm and rides and grounds close at 9 pm.
  • Select City of Toronto pools. Although most outdoor pools and all wading pools will close by 4 pm on Sunday, 10 outdoor pools will be open from noon to 5 pm on Labour Day:
    • Alex Duff Memorial Pool
    • Donald D. Summerville Olympic Pools
    • Grandravine Outdoor Pool
    • Heron Park Outdoor Pool
    • McGregor Park Outdoor Pool
    • Pine Point Outdoor Pool
    • Riverdale Park East Outdoor Pool
    • Sunnyside-Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool
    • Parkway Forest Outdoor Pool
    • West Mall Outdoor Pool
  • City of Toronto splash pads. City splash pads remain on through Sunday, September 16.
  • City of Toronto beaches. Beaches will be open and supervised on Monday, 11:30 am–6:30 pm. Consult the city beaches map to find one nearby.
  • Conservation areas and parks. Most conservation areas and parks are open, including TCRA parks, Conservation Halton parks, Credit Valley Conservation parks, Central Lake Ontario Conservation parks, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority conservation areas,  Ontario Parks locations, and Rouge National Urban Park.
  • Mastermind Toys Richmond Hill is the only Mastermind branch open in the GTA on Labour Day.
  • Michaels at John and Richmond is the only Michaels location open in the GTA on Labour Day.
  • Many drugstores. Last-minute school supplies alert! Find details on holiday hours for Shoppers Drug Mart locations; Rexall stores; and Guardian stores.
  • A few grocery stores. Whole Foods locations at Square One in Mississauga and in Yorkville; some Metro locations (including all 24-hour stores); and Loblaws at 60 Carlton Street (Maple Leaf Gardens) are open.

What’s Closed on Labour Day

  • All City of Toronto wading pools and most outdoor pools. Sunday is the last day for wading pools and outdoor pools except for 10 select outdoor pools (not wading pools) which are open.
  • City of Toronto indoor pools and recreation centres.
  • Toronto Public Library branches. They are closed Sunday and Monday.
  • Many malls and shopping centres. Those that are closed Monday include Yorkdale Mall, Fairview Mall, Shops at Don Mills, Sherway Gardens, Yonge Eglinton Centre, Eglinton Square, Stock Yards Village, Dufferin Mall,  ErinMills Town Centre, Oakville Place, Mapleview Centre (Burlington), Oshawa Centre.
  • Most indoor playgrounds and play centres.
  • Most grocery stores. Exceptions are noted above.

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