Canadians in much of the country are enjoying a day off today and streets that are normally bustling are quiet.
It’s Family Day in Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan while it’s Louis Riel Day in Manitoba and Islander Day in Prince Edward Island.
It’s the second straight year for the holiday in Ontario, where schools, grocery stores, public libraries, liquor and beer stores, the Toronto Stock Exchange and provincial offices have all shut their doors.
Federal government employees however don’t have the day off, meaning passport offices and Canada Post are still in operation.
In Ontario, public transit in many cities is on a holiday schedule, but tourist attractions including some malls such as the Eaton Centre in Toronto are open.
The Ontario government is encouraging people to use this mid-winter break to take in local attractions like Winterlude in Ottawa, or Kingston’s Fort Henry Cardboard Sled Derby.
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