What’s Open and Closed Labour Day in Oshawa, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Clarington


Published September 3, 2023 at 3:31 pm

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This year, Labour Day falls on Monday, September 4 in Oshawa, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Clarington.

Originally declared to honour hard-working men and women and give them a day of rest, it is now just another work day (albeit with extra pay) for many in the restaurant and tourist sector.

Durham Region Labour Council will host the annual Labour Day Picnic at Memorial Park to recognize the contributions of workers, with music, children’s entertainment and face painting, hotdogs and ice-cream.


  • Many restaurants, especially those with patios. Call ahead to be sure.
  • Movie theatres
  • Camp Samac outdoor pool in Oshawa and Ajax Memorial Pool. Camp Samac will have free swims from 1-5 and 6-7:30 on a first come, first serve basis
  • Outdoor recreational facilities, such as parks, beaches and splash pads
  • Four Beer Stores in Durham:
    – 200 Ritson Rd. N in Oshawa
    – 75 Kingston Rd. E in Ajax
    – 3950 Brock St. N in Whitby
    – 1355 Kingston Rd in Pickering
  • Most craft breweries that are normally open Mondays, including Town Brewery (12-6) and its waterfront Pump House (11-9) in Whitby. Call ahead to your favourite to be sure.
  • Many private tourist attractions, including Oshawa’s Parkwood Estates and Oshawa Zoo. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Clarington hosts their Labour Day Weekend Sprints (including the Pinty’s Weather Tech 200) but the event wraps up Sunday, September 3.
  • All three casinos: Pickering Casino Resort, Ajax Casino and Blue Heron Casino on Scugog
  • Most cannabis stores



  • Pickering Town Centre and Oshawa Centre will be closed, though most restaurants with patios or street-facing entrances will be open
  • Most grocery stores and retail outlets
  • Museums and art galleries
  • City and Town offices, libraries, most pools and community centres
  • Municipally-operated tourist places, such as Pickering Museum Village
  • Municipal animal shelters
  • Shopping plazas, though some stores, such as convenience stores, will remain open
  • All LCBO outlets
  • Canada Post

Waste Management

Garbage and recycling will be collected the next day for everyone who normally has Monday service in Durham


Durham Transit and Metrolinx GO Train service will operate on a holiday/weekend schedule

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