What’s open and closed Family Day in Niagara Falls, St Catharines and Niagara Region


Published February 18, 2023 at 7:01 pm

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Family Day falls on February 20 this year in St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland and Niagara Region.

Two-thirds of Canadian provinces celebrate Family Day in Canada with the third Monday of February as a statutory holiday, though while most refer to it by that name, not all do. In Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, British Columbia and New Brunswick, it’s Family Day.

In Manitoba, it’s Louis Riel Day, named after the Metis leader who fought for French and Indigenous rights. In Prince Edward Island, it’s Islander Day. In Nova Scotia, it’s called Nova Scotia Heritage Day. And in the Yukon, it’s Yukon Heritage Day but it’s held on the Friday before the last Sunday in February.

As a provincial holiday and not a federal one, it’s possible some federal offices may be open but all are posting “Hours may differ” so it’s hard to be precise.

Also malls in Niagara Region can be tricky. Since Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake are both designated as “tourist destinations,” closing rules largely do not apply to their boundaries. Outside of those two places, most malls are posting “Hours may differ” because it’s a holiday. The best bet? Call ahead.


  • (For every mall below, phone ahead as most are posting “Hours may differ”)
  • Canada One in Niagara Falls
  • SmartCentres in Niagara Falls, Welland and St Catharines
  • Outlet Collection at Niagara in Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • The Pen Centre in St Catharines
  • Fairview Mall in St Catharines
  • Briarfield Shopping Centre in St Catharines
  • Pendale Plaza in St Catharines
  • Seaway Mall in Welland
  • Some smaller grocery stores, such as Rabba grocery stores
  • Most Shoppers Drug Mart locations
  • There are over 60 Niagara-region wineries/vineyards and most will be open. Phone your favourite for times.
  • Silversmith Brewing, 1523 Niagara Stone Rd, Virgil: Noon to 8 pm
  • Bench Brewing, 3991 King St, Beamsville: 11 am to 9 pm
  • Lock Street Brewing, 15 Lock St, St. Catharines: Noon to 8 pm
  • Niagara Oast House Brewing, 2017 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake: 11 am to 5pm
  • The Exchange Brewery, 7 Queen St, Niagara-on-the-Lake: Noon to 8 pm
  • Cold Break Brewing, 193 St Paul St W, St. Catharines: 4 pm to 10 pm
  • Niagara Brewing, 4915-A Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls: 11 am to 10 pm
  • Blackburn Brew House, 8001 Blackburn Pkwy, Niagara Falls: 11 am to 7 pm
  • Gretzky Estate Beer/Wine, 1219 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake: 10 am to 7 pm
  • Some grocery stores are open in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake, but call ahead to be sure
  • Bars and restaurants
  • Shoppers Drug Marts
  • Movie theatres
  • All Niagara Falls family-oriented tourist attractions
  • Most restaurants that are usually open on Mondays will be open, but call ahead to be sure
  • Canada Post (mail pick-up and delivery will not be affected by the holiday)
  • Federal government offices (most services can be delivered online)


  • All City and Town Halls
  • Provincial government offices
  • Counterpart Brewing, 3659 Stanley Ave, Niagara Falls
  • Niagara College Teaching Brewery, 135 Taylor Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Dragan Brewing, 100 Grantham Ave S Unit 1, St. Catharines (closed January 3 and 4)
  • Banks
  • Grocery stores in most municipalities except Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Community Recycling Centres
  • All LCBOs
  • All Beer Stores
  • Banks
  • City Hall
  • Provincial government offices


  • GO Transit will operate on a Saturday schedule
  • Transit services will operate on holiday hours


  • No garbage pick-up on Mon., Feb. 20 (all waste collection will be one day later than usual)
  • Community Recycling Centres will be closed Monday


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