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Happy Thanksgiving: What you need to know for the long weekend

Last Updated Oct 5, 2017 at 11:30 am EDT

Autumn colored maple leaves hanging on clothes line. GETTY IMAGES/Moncherie

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? As you gather with family or friends this weekend, take a moment to count your blessings and reach out to those less fortunate.

While many will be preparing and taking part in the holiday feast, others will also be around town taking in some events. If you are heading out on Monday, below is a list of what’s open and closed.

What’s open and closed on Monday


  • TTC will run on holiday service
  • GO will run on a Sunday schedule
  • Tourist attractions: Art Gallery of Ontario, Casa Loma, CN Tower, Hockey Hall of Fame, Ontario Science Centre, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Zoo
  • Several malls: Bramalea City Centre (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Eaton Centre (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Pacific Mall (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.), Square One (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Upper Canada Mall (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Vaughan Mills Mall (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.), and Hillcrest Mall (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)



  • All LCBO and Beer stores will be closed
  • Most grocery stores (select ones are open but call ahead)
  • Some malls: Dufferin Mall, Fairview Mall, Scarborough Town Centre, Sherway Gardens, Yorkdale Shopping Centre
  • Government offices, municipal buildings, and banks
  • All Toronto Public Library branches are closed on Sunday and Monday
  • No mail delivery


Maple Leafs’ home opener
Hockey is back in the 6ix. The Toronto Maple Leafs’ home opener is set for Saturday night against the New York Rangers. The Leafs are holding a free tailgate party for fans in Maple Leaf Square starting at 5 p.m. There will be live music, activities for fans, and the chance to win not only tickets for the game but also season tickets.

Marlies’ home opener
Before the Leafs game, hockey fans are also invited to celebrate and cheer on the Marlies during their home opener. The Marlies host the Utica Comets at Ricoh Coliseum. The puck drops at 4 p.m.  Fans who take in the game also have the chance to win Leafs tickets.

Toronto Zoo Panda Party
The smallest giant pandas at the zoo are having a party and you’re invited. The panda cubs are turning two and will be celebrating all weekend long. The party features snacks, a chance to learn about the pandas, along with family activities like races, crafts and photos with the bears. Tickets cost $16 and can be purchased here.

Saber Battle Toronto 2017
If you’re trying to escape your family this weekend and want some stress relief, here’s an event that could help. The annual Saber Battle takes over Nathan Phillips Square at 8 p.m.  It’s an all ages event and organizers encourage people to bring their own light saber.

Road closures

The intersection of Park Lawn Road and Marine Parade Drive and Lake Shore Boulevard West will be partially closed from 10 a.m. on Friday to 6 a.m. on Tuesday, as construction crews replace streetcar tracks. Click here for details. TTC service will also be affected. Click here for details.

The intersection of Bay and Harbour streets will be closed to drivers, pedestrians and cyclists from 9 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. on Tuesday. The closure is for construction of the new off-ramp from the Gardiner Expressway to Lower Simcoe. Click here for details.

Bremner Boulevard will be closed from Lake Shore Boulevard West to the parking garages east of York Street from 6 a.m. to midnight on Saturday for the festivities surrounding the Maple Leafs’ home opener at the Air Canada Centre.