Victoria Day May 22 in Oshawa, Ajax, Pickering, Clarington and Whitby: What’s open and closed


Published May 22, 2023 at 7:01 am

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Victoria Day in 2023 falls on May 22 in Oshawa, Ajax, Pickering, Clarington and Whitby and Durham Region.

One of Canada’s oldest holidays, Victoria Day, is right around the corner for Canadians to celebrate what would be the 204th birthday of the ‘Mother of Confederation’ on May 24.

Here is what is open and closed on Victoria Day:


  • All LCBO locations will be shuttered on next Monday as will most Beer Stores
  • The Oshawa Centre and the Pickering Town Centre are shutting their doors for the day but restaurants with street acess will be open
  • Durham’s municipal, provincial, and federal building and offices are closing down their town halls
  • All banks will be closed
  • Public and Catholic schools in the region will be closed
  • Most recreation centres in the Region will be closed
  • Libraries will be closed


  • Movie theatres will be open
  • Some Shoppers Drug Marts will be open
  • Some restaurants will be open – call ahead to be sure – and most convenience stores will also be open
  • Most garden centres will be open
  • Oshawa Civic Recreation Complex will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Select Beer Stores will remain open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. including:
    • 200 Ritson Rd N, Oshawa,
    • 75 Kingston Rd. E. Ajax
    • 3950 Brock St N in Whitby
  • Most cannabis stores will be open. Call ahead to your favourite to be sure
  • While most craft breweries will be closed a few are offering ‘holiday hours’ so call ahead to be sure. Old Flame in Port Perry will be open.
  • Municipal parks, conservation areas and walking trails will be open


There will be no garbage pickup on Monday. Blue box, green bin and waste pick-up will be moved back a day. Regional waste centres will also be closed Monday.


Durham Region Transit (DRT) and Pulse buses will run on a holiday schedule
GO Transit will run on a Saturday schedule


Durham residents can have their own fun Monday with fireworks, though local fire departments are encouraging residents to find a professional display.

There are no official Victoria Day events this year, though the Region is hosting numerous events on the days surrounding it.


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