What’s open and closed Victoria Day May 23 in Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Welland and Niagara Region


Published May 22, 2022 at 6:15 am

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Why does the majority of Canada celebrated Queen Victoria’s birthday, which fell on May 24, every year by getting the day off?

Well, Victoria Day has been observed in Canada since at least 1845 and has always been a distinctly Canadian observance. No other country in the world celebrates her birthday, including Great Britain.

In Canada, the May 24th Weekend has often been considered to be the beginning of the summer season. Cottages are aired out and opened, camping trips planned.

It falls on the Monday between the 18th and the 24th (inclusive) and so in this year’s case, it’s May 23 – this coming Monday.

So what’s open and what’s closed this coming Monday? 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.

The other 10 municipalities in Niagara, including St. Catharines and Welland, are mostly shut down. While some business are posting hours, other add “Hours may differ” because it’s a holiday. The best bet? Call ahead.

Open Victoria Day 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
  • Some 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.
  • 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
  • Most bars and restaurants
  • Shoppers Drug Marts
  • Movie theatres
  • All Niagara Falls family-oriented tourist attractions but call ahead
  • Most community centres and libraries but call ahead

What’s open and closed on Victoria Day in:
Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton, Halton, Durham


Closed Victoria Day Monday:

  • All City and Town Halls
  • Federal and provincial government offices
  • All municipal offices
  • Most grocery stores are closed but call ahead to be sure
  • 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
  • Niagara College Teaching Brewery, 135 Taylor Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Dragan Brewing, 100 Grantham Ave S Unit 1, St. Catharine
  • Most community centres and libraries but call ahead
  • Banks
  • Canada Post (no mail pick up or delivery)
  • Community Recycling Centres
  • All LCBOs
  • All Beer Stores
  • City Hall
  • Provincial government offices


  • GO Transit will operate on a Sunday schedule
  • Transit services in St Catharines, Welland and Niagara Falls will operate on holiday hours


  • No garbage pick-up on Mon., May 23 (all waste collection will be one day later than usual)
    Community Recycling Centres will be closed Monday
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