Halifax is not holding traditional Canada Day events due to COVID-19 public health restrictions, and the municipality is encouraging residents to spend the day in reflection.

“We encourage residents to use this day to reflect on our shared history and collectively recommit to a stronger future built upon meaningful reconciliation efforts with Indigenous peoples,” the municipality’s Canada Day website states.

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July 1 is a designated retail closing day in Nova Scotia, and the following closures and changes are in effect:


Most retail stores — including grocery stores and malls — will be closed.

NSLC outlets will also be closed, although private wine and beer stores may be open.

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Some pharmacies may be open, but could have limited hours.

Banks are closed.

Bus and ferry service

Halifax Transit buses will be operating on the holiday schedule.

The Woodside ferry will not be running, while the Alderney ferry service will operate on an amended schedule.

The Alderney ferry will run every 15 minutes between 10:15 a.m. and 8 p.m.


On-street metered parking is free on Canada Day.

Recreation and libraries

Municipal beaches open for the season on July 1, which means lifeguards will be on duty.  Those looking to beat the heat can also head to municipal splashpads and pools on Canada Day.

While the Bedford Outdoor Pool and Halifax Common splash pad are open, the Cole Harbour outdoor pool and splash pad are still under renovation and won’t open until mid-July.

As well, the Halifax Common Pool remains closed.

It’s important to note that swim times at pools must be booked in advance, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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All HRM libraries will also be closed.

Garbage collection

There will be no municipal solid waste collection on July 1.

Some households — in areas such as Dartmouth (central downtown) and Bedford — who were scheduled for garbage and organics collection on Canada Day will have their service moved to July 3.

Collection for residents in the Clayton Park, Rockingham and Lower Sackville areas will take place on July 8.

The full schedule is here.

The Otter Lake Waste Management Facility, the Halifax recycling facility and municipal composting facilities will all be closed on July 1.

Customer Contact Centres

The 311 Contact Centre will operate as normal on July 1. However, the two Customer Service Centres that provide in-person services and payments will be closed.

Canada Post

There is no collection or delivery of mail on Canada Day.

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