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What’s open, what’s closed in Halifax for Heritage Day

The provincial holiday on Feb.15 is dedicated to Joseph Howe this year.

A woman walks past a NSLC outlet.

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A woman walks past a NSLC outlet.

In its second year, Nova Scotia Heritage Day will see many people enjoying Monday off.

This Feb.15 is dedicated to Joseph Howe, and since it’s a provincial holiday major grocery stores, malls, banks, and Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation locations are all closed.

Retail businesses like gas stations, restaurants, convenience stores, and drug stores may be open on Monday or have limited hours, so call ahead.

The Cold Beer Store in Dartmouth will be open from 10 a.m. to midnight, and check your local brewery or independent liquor store for specific hours.

Halifax Transit buses and ferries will be operating on a holiday schedule on Monday. For detailed route changes visit

The Emera Oval is hosting a family event on Heritage Day from 1- 3 p.m., called ‘Superhero and Princess Day.’ It will feature a public skate with superheroes, a photo backdrop, button making, and giveaways.

On-street parking meter spaces are free on Monday, but the HRM release said drivers are reminded to still follow any rules on posted signage.

There will be no municipal solid waste collection on Monday, so a HRM release said curbside collection of garbage, organics or recyclables will happen Saturday, Feb. 13 instead.

The Otter Lake waste management facility, the Halifax recycling facility and composting facilities will be closed on Monday, but open for extended hours this Saturday.

The Household Special Waste Depot in Bayers Lake will be closed on Saturday, Feb. 13, and will re-open with regular hours on Feb. 20.

Most municipal recreation facilities will be closed on Heritage Day, so residents are urged to call ahead for operating hours and program information. Contact numbers for facilities is online at

Viola Desmond was celebrated last year, and a different piece of Nova Scotia's history will be honoured every year.

Visit to learn more about the holiday.

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