Monday marks Heritage Day in Nova Scotia, and many businesses will be closed for the long weekend.
The winner of this year’s Heritage Day is the landscape of the World Heritage Site of Grand-Pré, which celebrates its 10th anniversary as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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The region, located in the southern Minas Basin, was an ancient Acadian settlement and today includes important cultural and archaeological sites.
Most other provinces, including New Brunswick, mark the February long weekend as Family Day.
In Nova Scotia, however, the holiday honors “remarkable people and places that have contributed to the province’s history.”
A virtual ceremony will be held Monday at 10 a.m. to mark the party. Further celebrations to mark the UNESCO site’s anniversary will take place this summer.
Here is a list of closures in the Halifax area this long weekend:
Major grocery stores, including Atlantic Superstore and Sobeys, will be closed.
In addition, all shopping centers will be closed.
While NSLC stores will be closed, private liquor stores and breweries will remain open.
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Halifax Transit buses will operate on holiday schedules Monday.
The Alderney ferry will run every half hour from 7:30 a.m. on the Alderney Landing side, with the last crossing from Halifax at 11:45 p.m.
For motorists, street parking will be free.
Municipal services, recreation
There will be no garbage, organic or recyclable material collection service on Monday.
The Otter Lake Waste Management Facility and Municipal Recycling Plant will also be closed.
Many recreation facilities will be closed and residents are asked to call the facility for their hours of operation. However, Sackville Sports Stadium will be open for regular hours on Monday and the Emera Oval will be open for pending weather and ice conditions.
Several museums will not only be open on Monday, but will offer free admission, to mark the holidays.
The Natural History Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free of charge, and will include an exhibition of paintings depicting scenes from Acadian life before the expulsion.
The Museum of Industry is open for free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes an exhibit on how the Acadians turned salt marshes into fertile grasslands, as well as an art challenge aimed at “reinventing the iconic Acadian heroine, Evangeline”.
The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Ross Farm Museum will also be open.
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