Civic Holiday Aug 7 in Oshawa, Ajax, Pickering, Whitby and Clarington: What’s Open and Closed


Published August 7, 2023 at 8:00 am

The Civic Holiday falls on Monday, Aug. 7, 2023, in Oshawa, Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Clarington and the rest of Durham Region.

Most retail will be open on Monday, a government holiday but not a statutory holiday. This is the second Civic Holiday since the pandemic was declared that will have no capacity restrictions.

Here’s what’s open and closed:


  • Big box stores and department stores
  • Restaurants
  • Convenience stores
  • Movie theatres
  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Cannabis stores
  • Most breweries that are normally open Monday. Call ahead to your favourite to be sure
  • Splash pads and outdoor recreation trails and municipal parks
  • Outdoor pools, including Camp Samac in Oshawa and Ajax Memorial Pool, will be open on a modified schedule
  • Most tourist destinations will be open, with the exception of municipally owned facilities such as Pickering Museum Village


  • Pickering Town Centre, Whitby Mall and Oshawa Centre will be open

Beer Stores: Six select Beer Stores will be open from 11-6.

  • 75 Kingston Road East in Ajax
  • 1355 Kingston Road East in Pickering
  • 3950 Brock St. N in Whitby
  • 195 King Street East in Bowmanville
  • 220 Ritson Road North in Oshawa
  • Port Perry 677 Queen St.

Some LCBOs will be open at reduced hours (11-6) and customers are encouraged to check the store locator feature for their local store hours on or the mobile app.


  • Government offices
  • Post Offices
  • Most banks will be closed.
  • Libraries
  • Most community centres will be closed, though Delpark Homes Centre and South Oshawa Community Centre will be open Monday on a modified schedule.
  • Waste transfer stations


  • Durham Transit and PULSE buses will operate on a holiday/weekend schedule
  • GO Transit will operate on a Saturday schedule


  • Garbage and recycling schedules will be pushed ahead one day
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