What’s open and closed in Oshawa, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby on Labour Day


Published September 5, 2021 at 10:25 pm

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This year, Labour Day falls on Monday, September 6 in Oshawa, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Clarington.

Originally declared to honour hard-working men and women and give them a day of rest, it is now just another work day (albeit with extra pay) for many in the restaurant and tourist sector.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no major public events in Durham Region due to physical distancing restrictions and some businesses that are usually open might still be closed.


  • Most restaurants, especially those with patios. Call ahead to be sure
  • Movie theatres
  • Camp Samac outdoor pool in Oshawa by appointment, with limited use
  • Outdoor recreational facilities, such as parks, beaches and splash pads
  • Mass immunization clinics in Ajax (Audley Recreation Centre) and Oshawa (Campus Ice Centre) have added Labour Day hours: Ajax 9:30-4:30 and Oshawa 9:30-6:30
  • Four Beer Stores in Durham: 200 Ritson Rd. N in Oshawa, 75 Kingston Rd. E in Ajax, 3950 Brock St. N in Whitby and 1355 Kingston Rd in Pickering
  • Most craft breweries that are normally open Mondays, including: Town (12-8), 5 Paddles (9-5), and Brock Street (11-5) in Whitby; All or Nothing (11-7) in Oshawa; Falcon (1-10) in Ajax; Chronicle (12-6) in Bowmanville; and Old Flame (11-6) in Port Perry. As well, Second Wedge in Uxbridge, which is normally closed on Mondays, will open on Labour Day from 12-6
  • Most tourist attractions, including Oshawa’s Parkwood Estates, Oshawa Zoo and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Clarington
  • All three casinos: Pickering Casino Resort, Ajax Casino and Blue Heron Casino in Scugog
  • Most cannabis stores



  • Pickering Town Centre and Oshawa Centre will be closed, though most restaurants with patios or street-facing entrances will be open
  • Mass vaccination clinics are winding down and most will be closed Labour Day. For pharmacy vaccination clinics it’s best to call ahead
  • Most grocery stores and retail outlets
  • Museums and art galleries
  • City and Town offices, libraries, most pools and community centres
  • Shopping plazas, though some stores, such as convenience stores, will remain open
  • All LCBO outlets
  • Canada Post
  • Garbage and recycling will be collected the next day for everyone who normally has Monday service in Durham


Durham Transit and Metrolinx GO Train service will operate on a holiday/weekend schedule

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