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Truth and Reconciliation Day 2023: What's open in Metro Vancouver?

The statutory holiday is on Saturday but many places will be closed on Monday.

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File photo of people taking part in a march to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in North Vancouver. Photo by Jason Payne/ PNG. Photo by Jason Payne /PNG

The Truth and Reconciliation statutory holiday in B.C. falls on a weekend this year, and will be observed Saturday.

However, many public institutions like schools and government offices will be closed in lieu on Monday. Some shops and attractions will be open on both Saturday and Monday, although with reduced hours, while others are closed Saturday.

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Here’s a look at what’s open and closed on Saturday and Monday.

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File photo of shoppers at Burnaby’s Lougheed Mall. Photo by NICK PROCAYLO /PNG

Shopping

Most malls appear to be open on Saturday and Monday. Richmond Centre, for example, lists normal hours for Monday and reduced hours for Truth and Reconciliation Day on Saturday, when it will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In Burnaby, Metropolis at Metrotown and The Amazing Brentwood are also open both days. Metrotown will be open on Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and on Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Vancouver’s Pacific Centre will have slightly reduced hours on Saturday and will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with regular hours on Monday.

Other popular malls like Tsawwassen Mills will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, while Coquitlam Centre will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday’s shopping hours will be as normal.

Most grocery stores, pharmacies and B.C. liquor and cannabis stores are open on Saturday and Monday but may have reduced hours. You can check the BCL website for your closest location.  Save-on-Foods lists being open on all statutory holidays with regular hours except Christmas. Whole Foods, as another example, has reduced holiday hours that vary from store to store. Find your Whole Foods holiday hours HERE.

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File photo of a playground at Kathleen McNeely Elementary school in Richmond. Photo by Jason Payne /PNG

Schools

B.C. public schools are closed Monday to observe the statutory holiday in lieu of National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on Saturday. Most daycares are expected to be closed as well however check with your school or daycare provider as some child care and private schools may be open.

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File photo of Science World. Photo: Ashley Aubrey/Science World Photo by Ashley Aubrey/Science World /jpg

Museums and attractions

Science World will be open on Saturday and open Monday, as will the Vancouver Aquarium.

The Vancouver Art Gallery will be open for regular hours on Saturday and Monday. In honour of Truth and Reconciliation Day, the gallery will be offering a series of special Open Studio workshops for people interested in learning about Indigenous design. These sessions will be led by staff member Ungwa-Kasu Chris L. Wilson, an artist born into the Haisla Nation. To register visit HERE.

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File photo of the Vancouver Public Library. Photo by Arlen Redekop /PNG

Recreation

Many public community centres and libraries will likely be closed to observe the event. The Vancouver Public Library, for example, is closed on Saturday but open Monday, Note the Champlain Heights branch is closed Monday. The same goes for Burnaby.

Vancouver’s indoor pools are open on Saturday and Monday, with varying hours. But some Metro centres are open on Monday. For example, Poirier Centre in Coquitlam is closed Saturday but open on Monday. The same goes for all other Coquitlam recreation centres.

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File photo of people drinking coffee. Photo by Jason Payne/ PNG. Photo by Jason Payne /PNG

Food

Most fast-food chains will be open both days but with varying holiday hours. You can check out your local McDonalds restaurant locator HERE or head to Burger King, which only closes on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.  Restaurant chains like Milestones and Cactus Club don’t list holiday hours and will likely be open both days.

And don’t worry —you can still get your java fix. Many of the chain coffee stores will be open. Find out if your local Tim Hortons is open HERE.

Or if you prefer Starbucks, you can check out the Starbucks’ store locator for individual store holiday hours.

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File photo of SkyTrain. Photo by RICHARD LAM /PNG

Transit

TransLink buses, SeaBus, and SkyTrain services will Bus, SkyTrain, and SeaBus services will operate on a Saturday schedule on Sept. 30 and a regular schedule on Monday, Oct. 2.

Holiday fares will be in effect, so you will only need to pay for a one zone payment across all zones.

The West Coast Express will not run on Monday.

The TransLink customer service centre, access transit customer care office and lost property office will be closed on Saturday and Monday.

Service returns to regular weekday schedules for all modes on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

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Government offices, post and banks

All provincial, federal and municipal government offices will be closed Saturday and Monday. But check municipal websites because some community centres will remain open. For example, in Vancouver, most community centres are open on Saturday, except Kitsilano and Douglas, while more are closed Monday. A more detailed list of what’s open and closed and be viewed HERE.

Canada Post locations will be closed on Saturday and Monday, with no pickup or delivery options. ICBC locations are also closed.

B.C. courts and banks will be closed on Monday as well.

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