Thanksgiving long weekend is finally here and we cannot wait to jump feet-first into our stretch-waist pants. Thanksgiving is the absolute best for a number of reasons. For starters, turkey. But beyond that, it's all the excitement of the other holidays without having to wear a costume, buy everyone you know a gift, or try and plan a romantic date (you know who you are, other holidays). The only downfall is that sometimes we forget that buisnesses shut down on holidays. If you're wondering what's open and what's closed on thanksgiving day in Calgary, this should help.

Luckily, most of your day-to-day stops like grocery stores, coffee shops, and drug stores will be open. You can expect most chains and franchises to be open on reduced hours, but if you're going anywhere locally owned, you should probably give them a call first.

As for getting where you need to go, Calgary Transit will be operating on Sunday schedules and routes. If you decide to drive, all street parking will be free on Thanksgiving Day. If you needed something to be thankful for, you just found it. Beyond that, if you're bored and in need of entertainment or looking to escape your opinionated extended family, you're in luck.

If you're worried about the practical things, here's what will still be open on Monday, October 14:

  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Safeway
  • Save On Foods
  • London Drugs
  • Liquor Depot
  • Hospitals and emergency services
  • Costco

All City of Calgary administrative buildings will, unfortunately, be closed. So, don't be out there trying to get your real-life errands sorted out on a holiday, you'll need to wait in line on Tuesday, instead.

As for shopping, here are some of the places you can spend your money on Monday:

  • Market Mall
  • Chinook Center
  • Southcentre Mall
  • CrossIron Mills
  • IKEA
  • Costco

If you're looking to be entertained, here's what's open and at your service:

  • Cineplex
  • The Calgary Zoo
  • Southland Leisure Centre
  • TELUS Spark
  • Calaway Park
  • Calgary Central Library

Be aware, each of these locations will be operating on reduced holiday hours, so check out their websites or give them a call before you venture out.

If you just want to spend some time in nature, there are countless beautiful fall hikes to check out in Alberta. If not, you can absolutely chill indoors with ol' faithful, AKA Netflix Canada.

Happy thanksgiving, Calgary!


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