Updated: Hamilton on Civic Holiday August 7: What’s Open and Closed

Published August 6, 2023 at 6:06 pm

What's open and closed in Hamilton August 7

The Civic Holiday in Hamilton falls on Monday, Aug. 7, 2023.

Also known as Simcoe Day, the holiday is not quite as formal as some other statutory holidays, but many workers will get to enjoy a day of mid-summer respite.

While government buildings and services will be closed, many businesses often remain open during the Civic Holiday. It’s best to call ahead or check a business’s website and/or social media accounts for confirmation.


  • Local parks
  • Hamilton beaches
  • Some coffee shops
  • Some grocery stores and pharmacies
  • Some restaurant patios
  • CF Lime Ridge Mall (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • Eastgate Square (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • LCBO locations
  • All Wine Rack shops in Hamilton that will be open:
    • 1770 Stone Church Road E. (905-560-4202)
      Friday: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
      Saturday: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
      Sunday: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
      Monday: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    • 505 Rymal Rd. E. (905-574-3070)
      Friday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
      Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
      Sunday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
      Monday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • 32 Wilson St. W. (Ancaster, 905-304-1884)
      Friday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
      Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
      Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
      Monday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Seven of the 11 Hamilton Beer Store locations will remain open on Monday (Aug. 7), from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    1111 Barton St. E.
    282 Parkdale Ave. N.
    75 Centennial Pkwy.
    959 Fennell Ave. E.
    150 Barton St. E.
    1408 Upper James St.
    673 Upper James St.
  • DARTS will be operating holiday service hours

  • City-run outdoor pools will be open for regular hours

  • Conservation areas and trails are open year-round, from sunrise to sunset

  • Wild Waterworks will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Hamilton Farmers’ Market:
    • Saturday, Aug. 5: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Sunday and Monday)


  • Banks
  • Government offices
  • All City of Hamilton recreation centres and arenas
  • There will be no mail delivery
  • All Hamilton Public Library branches are closed Sunday, Aug. 6 and Monday, Aug. 7
    • Bookmobile and extended access services are unavailable
    • Virtual Branch is always open at hpl.ca
  • The Tropical Greenhouse at Gage Park
  • All civic museums
  • Hamilton Municipal Parking System offices are no longer open to in-person services. Remote Services (permits, disputes, etc.) will resume on Tuesday, Aug. 8.
    • Parking Control Officers will not be enforcing from Aug. 6 at 5:45 a.m. until Aug. 7 at 10 p.m.
  • The Ontario Works Program, including the Special Supports Program
  • The Licensing and By-Law Phone Queue Line 905-546-2782 will be closed on Friday, Aug. 4 at 4:30 p.m. and will reopen Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 8:30 a.m.
    • For urgent matters, call the City’s Customer Contact Centre at 905-546-2489
  • Hamilton Farmers’ Market:
    • Saturday, Aug. 5: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Sunday, Aug. 6: CLOSED
    • Monday, Aug. 7: CLOSED
  • All subscription trips on DARTS, with the exception of dialysis trips, are cancelled for Aug. 7. If passengers need to travel on this day, they must make a reservation in advance.
  • All Municipal Service Centres
  • Public Health Services Mobile COVID vaccine clinics
  • The Dental Health Bus
  • The Public Health Services COVID-19 Vaccine booking line will be closed over the Civic Holiday weekend and will reopen on Tuesday, Aug. 8.
  • The Housing Services office at 350 King St. E.
  • The Accessible Transportation Services customer service office will be closed on Monday, Aug. 7. Visit www.hamilton.ca/ats
  • The Provincial Offences Administration Office at 50 Main St. E.
  • City of Hamilton Animal Services office counter and shelter

Waste collection:

  • Garbage and recycling (blue box, green bin and yard waste) will be collected one day later. Waste must be at the curb by 7 a.m.
  • Community Recycling Centres are closed on Monday, Aug. 7 and reopen Tuesday, Aug. 8.


  • HSR will operate on a Sunday or holiday schedule
  • Routes that do not operate on Sundays will not operate on the Civic Holiday, including HSR myRide and Route 18 Waterdown Mountaineer
  • Trans-Cab service will align with HSR Sunday schedules. Service between Countrywide Recycling and the Twenty at Nebo transfer point will not be running.
  • Customers can plan their trips using the HSRnow suite of products that provide real-time, 24/7 access to service information.
  • GO Transit will run on a Saturday schedule.
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