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What you need to know for the Thanksgiving long weekend

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

What are you thankful for? That will be the sentiment echoed at Thanksgiving gatherings over the long weekend. In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we may lose perspective on what’s really important to us. This weekend, you can rekindle the things that matter most.

While the main event of the weekend may be Thanksgiving meals with family or friends, others will also be venturing out. There are lots of things to do, from checking out the Stanley Cup exhibition at the Hockey Hall of Fame to checking out a dance show at The Bentway.

If you are heading out on Monday, below is a list of what’s open and closed. There is also a partial subway closure on Line 1 on Saturday and Sunday.

Happy Thanksgiving!


What’s open and closed on Monday

Open

  • 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 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.), Square One (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Upper Canada Mall (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Vaughan Mills (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.), and Hillcrest Mall (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

 

Closed

  • All LCBO and Beer Store locations 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

Events

Pumpkin fun at Downsview Park
October has so much to offer: piles of falling leaves, autumn colours, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and those lovely pumpkins. If you love pumpkins, then Downsview Park is the place to be this weekend for Pumpkinfest — fun for the whole family. Stop by the pumpkin patch to pick one out, take part in pumpkin carving or bowling, eat some yummy pumpkin pie, have fun in the inflatable corn maze, and more. Pumpkinfest takes place Saturday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to the park is free but there is a charge for the rides and some activities.

Top Gun at the Cinesphere
Maverick, Goose, Iceman, and Charlie. If you grew up in the ’80s, you probably remember watching Top Gun over and over again. Now, you can relive your youth, or watch the movie for the first time, at the Ontario Place Cinesphere — but this time, as an Imax 3D Experience. The movie will be shown starting Friday and over the weekend and next weekend as well. Some of the other movies in the Cinesphere’s new lineup include Ghostbusters, Alien, Back to the Future, and Die Hard. Click here for ticket information and showtimes.

Oktoberfest with craft beer
What do you get when you mix beer with Oktoberbest in the city? Torontoberfest. Brewer’s Backyard is an Oktoberfest-themed celebration at Evergreen Brick Works on Monday, featuring craft beer that will dazzle your taste buds. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All beers will be $5 for the first hour. Admission to the event is free.

TTC closure

Line 1 partial shutdown
Subways won’t be running on Line 1 between Finch West and Lawrence West stations on Saturday and Sunday due to signal upgrades. Shuttle buses will run during the closure.