Civic Holiday August 7 in Niagara Falls, St. Catharines and Niagara Region: What’s Open and Closed


Published August 4, 2023 at 11:46 am

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While it’s common knowledge that the first Monday of August is a holiday for people in many parts of Canada, what it’s actually called depends on where you live in the country.

Ontario mostly calls it the Civic Holiday – this year on Monday, Aug. 7 – but there are other names for it here in the province. Some in Toronto refer to it as Simcoe Day. In Guelph, it’s sometimes called John Galt Day, while many in Ottawa refer to it as Colonel By Day.

Despite its many different designations, the day is not a statutory holiday in Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Alberta, or Ontario; however, it is commonly observed by all levels of government, financial institutions and some businesses.

So what’s open and what’s closed next Monday? It’s a guarantee that most of Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake businesses remain open as both the city and the town are designated as tourism destinations and thus can remain open on federal or provincial holidays.

However, as it’s seen as a lesser holiday, not on par with Canada Day or Christmas, the other 10 municipalities in Niagara, including St. Catharines and Welland, are mostly open for this one, too. While some businesses are posting hours, others add “hours may differ” because it’s a holiday. The best bet? Call ahead.

Open Civic Holiday Monday:
(For every business below, phone ahead as most are posting “Hours may differ”)
  • Canada One in Niagara Falls
  • SmartCentres in Niagara Falls
  • Outlet Collection at Niagara in Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • The Pen Centre in St Catharines (Landmark Cinemas are open)
  • Fairview Mall in St Catharines
  • Briarfield Shopping Centre in St Catharines
  • Pendale Plaza in St Catharines
  • Seaway Mall in Welland
  • SmartCentres in Welland and St Catharines
  • Smaller grocery stores, such as Rabba grocery stores
  • There are over 60 Niagara-region wineries/vineyards and most will be open. Phone your favourite for times.
  • Five Beer Stores in Niagara are open from 11 am to 6 pm. Niagara Falls: 6757 Lundy’s Lane, St. Catharines: 120 Welland Ave., 99 Dieppe Road, Welland: 390 Lincoln St. E and Port Colborne: 420 Catharine St.
  • Silversmith Brewing, 1523 Niagara Stone Rd
  • Counterpart Brewing, 3659 Stanley Ave, Niagara Falls
  • Bench Brewing, 3991 King St, Beamsville
  • Lock Street Brewing, 15 Lock St, St. Catharines
  • Niagara Oast House Brewing, 2017 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • The Exchange Brewery, 7 Queen St, Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Cold Break Brewing, 193 St Paul St W, St. Catharines
  • Niagara Brewing, 4915-A Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls
  • Blackburn Brew House, 8001 Blackburn Pkwy, Niagara Falls
  • Gretzky Estate Beer/Wine, 1219 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Bars and restaurants
  • Shoppers Drug Marts
  • Movie theatres
  • All Niagara Falls family-oriented tourist attractions
  • Select community centres and libraries but call ahead as a handful are posting that they are closed
  • Select LCBO stores (roughly 10 to 12 in Niagara) will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with larger stores open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call to see if your closest store is open.

Closed Civic Holiday Monday:

  • All City and Town Halls
  • Federal and provincial government offices
  • All municipal offices
  • Niagara College Teaching Brewery, 135 Taylor Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Dragan Brewing, 100 Grantham Ave S Unit 1, St. Catharine
  • Banks
  • Canada Post (no mail pick up or delivery)
  • Community Recycling Centres
  • All Niagara Beer Stores except the five listed above.
  • City Hall
  • Provincial government offices
  • Decew Falls Brewing, 207 St Paul St W, St. Catharines


  • GO Transit will operate on a holiday schedule
  • Transit services throughout Niagara Region will operate on holiday hours


  • Niagara Region says there will be garbage pick-up on Monday, August 7
  • Community Recycling Centres will be closed Monday
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