What Stores Are Open On Canada Day 2012? Store Hours, History
Are Stores Open on Canada Day 2012?
Schools and most businesses are closed on Canada Day, but some stores have limited opening hours. Supermarkets tend to close by early afternoon. Public transit runs on a holiday schedule, and major tourist destinations will be open. Province-run liquor stores will also be closed.
Some big-box stores will be open, but with limited hours. Department stores will mostly be closed. You'll actually have to spend time outside.
CBC Toronto has a list of stores that are open on Canada Day 2012.
CBC also has a story on how Canada Day stores hours in New Brunswick are a bit confusing.
The Winnipeg Free Press has a list of stores that are open in Winnipeg.
Here is a list for Mississauga.
Canada Day 2012: 'Canada's Birthday'
Canada Day, observed on July 1, originally commemorated the formation of Canada as part of the British Empire. On July 1, 1867, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada were combined by the British North American Act. Originally, Canada Day was called Dominion Day.
In 1982, Canada gained independence from Great Britain (though the Queen still hangs around on its currency), and Dominion Day became the Canada Day that we all now know. Well, at least after reading this article.