NATAL DAY WEEKEND:  What's open, what's closed? - Blog - 89.9 The Wave
July 31, 2020 | by: Jamie Paterson

NATAL DAY WEEKEND:  What’s open, what’s closed?

Natal Day Weekend:  What’s open, what’s closed?

City Services


 No municipal solid waste collection service will take place on Natal Day, Monday, August 3. Curbside collection of garbage, organics or recyclables normally scheduled for August 3 will occur the preceding Saturday, August 1. Residents are reminded that collection service can begin as early as 7 a.m. To ensure pick up, residents may place materials curbside the evening prior to collection day.

The Otter Lake Waste Management Facility will be open on Saturday, August 1 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., but will be closed on Monday, August 3.

The Municipal Recycling Plant will be open on Saturday, August 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., but will be closed on Monday, August 3.

The Household Special Waste Depot in Bayers Lake will remain closed until further notice.

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, green cart collection will continue to take place every two weeks.



Municipal beaches will be open to the public on Monday, August 3. There are 18 beaches across the region that are supervised by trained lifeguards, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. All splash pad locations will be open on Monday, August 3. For a complete list of supervised beaches, information on extended splash pad hours and up-to-date beach closures, visit

 A reminder that the outdoor pools at the Halifax Common, Bedford (Shore Drive) and Cole Harbour are not reopening for the 2020 season.

 The Emera Oval pavilion will be open on Monday, August 3. Please visit for a detailed schedule. A reminder that equipment rentals will not be available until further notice – residents are invited to bring their own equipment for cycling and rollerblading. Public washrooms and first aid at the Emera Oval pavilion will be available.

 Many other municipally-operated recreation facilities will be closed on Monday, August 3. Residents are advised to call ahead to their respective facility for operating hours and program information. Contact information for municipally-operated facilities is online at

 Please note: there will be no Natal Day fireworks this year at Birch Cove Beach in Dartmouth.



Natal Day is not a designated retail closing day in Nova Scotia, which means you can expect many stores to be open, however some may have reduced hours of operation.

CALL AHEAD just in case.

Many Sobeys and Atlantic Superstores locations in HRM indicate they will only be open from noon until 6 p.m.

NSLCS in the HRM will be open from noon until 6 p.m.

Some pharmacies may also have reduced hours.

Area malls are open, however Mic Mac Mall, the Halifax Shopping Centre, Dartmouth Crossing and Sunnyside Mall all indicate they will only be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Monday.

Some banks may be closed both Sunday and Monday.

All branches and departments of Halifax Public Libraries will be closed on Monday


 Halifax Transit Bus and Ferry Services

 Friday, July 31:

  • Buses and ferries will continue to operate on a reduced schedule as a result of COVID-19.

 Saturday, August 1:

  • Regular Saturday service (bus & ferry), plus 15-minute Alderney Ferry service from noon until 7:30 p.m. The final ferry departing from Alderney will be at 7:30 p.m. and the final ferry departing from Halifax will be at 7:45 p.m.
  • Extra stand-by buses will be deployed throughout the network to accommodate additional passenger demand.

Please note: Fare collection on buses and ferries will resume on Saturday, August 1 and passengers will once again be permitted to enter buses through the front doors. All capacity restrictions on buses, Access-a-Buses and ferries will also be lifted as of Saturday, August 1. Learn more, here.

Sunday, August 2:

Monday, August 3:

Buses and ferries continue to operate on a reduced schedule as a result of COVID-19.

For a full list of service disruptions as a result of the Natal Day weekend, visit

Please note: In keeping with Public Health order, masks are mandatory on all Halifax Transit buses and ferries. The provincial public health order also states that masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces, including transit terminals, as of July 31. Those who are feeling ill are asked to not use any transit service until their health returns to normal.



 On-street parking meters will be free on Monday, August 3, however, motorists are reminded to abide by other posted signage, including no-parking zones.

Customer Service Centres

 A reminder that on Tuesday, August 4 the customer service centres at Alderney Gate and Bayers Road will reopen with regular hours, and the Musquodoboit Harbour Recreation Centre & Library will reopen with reduced hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Planning & Development service counters will remain closed until further notice.

 A number of services offered by 311 and the customer service centres remain available online, including the payment of parking tickets, zoning confirmation applications and applications for all permit and subdivision applications.

 For more information, visit

Civic Events

In accordance with the provincial Health Protection Act Order and public health guidelines, Natal Day celebrations, including fireworks, are cancelled this year.  

On Friday morning July 31, 2 large Nova Scotian flags will fly on both the Halifax & Dartmouth waterfronts for 5 days over the Natal Day weekend. This will provide an opportunity to pay tribute to Nova Scotia, especially with the challenging spring we experienced. This will also be the first time that large Nova Scotian flags have flown on the Halifax and Dartmouth waterfronts since the poles were put in place back in 1999 and 2000.Throughout the Natal Day weekend the public will be invited to do selfies at the two flag poles, while being reminded to ensure they social distance properly.

On Monday, August 3, the HRM sandcastle float, fully decked out for Natal Day, will again be sent to all districts starting in District 6, largely following the same route as Canada Day.  HRP and the RCMP will again lead the float for the duration of the 8 hour, 180 km route.

 Residents are encouraged to celebrate responsibly while following all public health guidelines.

Have a safe and enjoyable Natal Day weekend.