Open and Closed Easter weekend Oshawa, Whitby, Pickering, Ajax, Clarington

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Published March 29, 2024 at 6:00 am

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It’s Easter weekend in Oshawa, Whitby, Pickering, Ajax, Clarington and the rest of Durham Region and Good Friday (March 29), Easter Sunday (March 31) and Easter Monday (April 1) come early this year.

The last time  Good Friday happened during the last week of March was 2016, when it occurred on March 25. Conversely, Good Friday fell on April 22 in 2011.

Unlike holidays with a set date, Easter is tied to the lunar cycle, coming on the first full moon after the spring equinox.

Most historians believe Jesus was most likely crucified on April 7 in 30 AD but early Christians wanted the holiday to coincide with the Jewish Passover, which falls on the 15th of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar. This date moves around to the lunar cycle, hence the ever-changing dates for Easter.

Here’s what’s open and closed:


What’s open and closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday:

Closed:

  • Pickering Town Centre
  • Oshawa Centre
  • LCBO
  • Beer Store locations
  • Canada Post (no mail pick-up or delivery)
  • Pickering Museum Village
  • Service Oshawa
  • Banks
  • Libraries
  • City Hall/Town Hall
  • Provincial Courts
  • Municipal recreation centres (Good Friday)

Open:

  • Some restaurants may be open for dining in, takeout and delivery, but call ahead to be sure
  • Variety stores and some smaller grocery stores
  • Most Shoppers Drug Marts
  • Many breweries will be open; some with special holiday hours, so call ahead to be sure
  • Most cannabis stores will be open, but call ahead to be sure
  • Many municipal recreation centres will be open on Easter Sunday, but with modified hours. Delpark and South Oshawa community centres in Oshawa will be open 11-5 Sunday

Waste Collection:

  • Garbage and recycling days will be pushed ahead one day

Transit:

  • DRT will run on a holiday schedule on Friday (regular weekday service resumes Monday)
  • GO Transit will run on a Sunday schedule on Friday. Trains will run every hour making all station stops.
    • Eastbound trains will leave Toronto’s Union Station every hour and westbound trains will leave Oshawa GO on an hourly basis as well

What’s opened and closed on Easter Monday:

Closed

  • Some government offices
  • Canada Post (no mail collection or delivery)
  • City/Town Hall
  • Service Oshawa

Open

  • Major malls and shopping centres
  • Banks
  • LCBO (some locations may have special hours, so call ahead to be sure)
  • Beer Store locations
  • Most breweries. Some will have special holiday hours, so call ahead to be sure
  • Cannabis stores
  • Grocery stores
  • Restaurants and most retail

Transit:

  • DRT and GO Transit will run on a regular schedule on Monday

Waste Collection:

  • Garbage and recycling schedules will be pushed ahead one day
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