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Where you can find last-minute supplies on Canada Day in the Halifax region

Grocery stores and NSLCs are closed Saturday but there are other options if you need to pick up some last minute BBQ supplies.

Here’s what’s open and closed in the Halifax region on Canada Day.


Atlantic Superstore — closed Saturday

Sobeys — closed Saturday

Liquor and beer

NSLC — closed Saturday

Bishop’s Cellar — Open 8 a.m. to midnight on Saturday

RockHead Wine and Beer Market — Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday

Most independent breweries are open regular hours on Saturday. Best to call ahead, just in case.


Most pharmacies are open but may have reduced hours. However, pharmacies located in malls are usually closed. Be sure to call ahead.


- Halifax Shopping Centre — Closed Saturday 

- Mic Mac Mall — Closed Saturday

- Sunnyside Mall — Closed Saturday

- Bedford Place Mall — Closed Saturday

- Park Lane Mall — Closed Saturday

- Scotia Square — Closed Saturday

Halifax public libraries

All branches and departments are closed Saturday and Monday.


Halifax Transit buses and ferries are operating on holiday schedules on Saturday. Ferries will be free on July 1 in support of Feed Nova Scotia and riders are asked to bring a food or cash donation instead of a fare.

The Macdonald Bridge will be open. 

On-street parking meters are free.

Waste collection

Regular municipal solid waste collection on Monday. 

The Otter Lake Waste Management Facility, the Halifax recycling facility, and municipal composting facilities will be closed Saturday.

After a long, grueling week, nothing takes the pressure off like a bowl of boiling hot Corn Chowder. With the Corn Chowder deficit still in full effect, I have been reduced to other means of relaxation.

I ventured to Mic Mac Mall to browse the menswear boutiques for pocket squares. As one boutique turned into two and then three, my stomach began to rumble like an air bubble caught deep beneath a thick chowder. Knowing full well that a place like Dartmouth couldn’t possibly create a specialty dish that was as high brow as Corn Chowder, the promise of all you can eat bread at East Side Mario’s quickly drew my attention.  It was there that I was served by the most exquisite woman I had ever laid my eyes on.

I wanted to stick my soup spoon right into her bowl and go for the thick stuff at the bottom.

Her name was Cassandra Clarke, initials C.C  It was obvious that the Corn Chowder Gods were sending me another sign, for everyone knows that Corn Chowder watch group known as the United Corn Chowder Brigade’s (U.C.C.B) original name was C.C, which stood for Cake Cookers.  Just as the focus of their group meetings had vastly changed over the years, my intense passion for Corn Chowder was not always so strong. 

I was once a veal man. I will not get into the specifics here, as this is a strictly Corn Chowder blog, but lets just say I spent a summer on the border of India honing my craft. I ordered the veal parmigiana penne with napolitana sauce. The breaded veal felt strange in my mouth. I constantly reminded myself that there had to be some sort of corn product in the breading, and mixed the bacon bits in with my glass of milk to create some sort sense of a chowder.

Ms. Clarke seemed so bashful that she handed me off to another server, and when I approached her afterward to ask if she knew where I could find a good Corn Chowder, I was asked to leave the property.  The meal was no Corn Chowder, but one way or the other I will return to East Side Marios.  I left my pocket squares there.