Terry Fox Day – What’s Open & Closed

It’s been five years since the first Terry Fox Day in Manitoba and 40 years since Fox’s Marathon of Hope, a cross-country run to raise money for cancer research that was cut short after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres when the one-legged runner’s own cancer spread.

To honour the Winnipeg-born national icon, Manitoba legislation took effect in 2015 declaring the first Monday of August Terry Fox Day. 

Many businesses and government services change their hours on Terry Fox Day. Here’s a selection:

COVID-19 test sites

The drive-through testing site (the MPI centre at 1284 Main St.), and the sites at Access Fort Garry (135 Plaza Dr.) and the former St. Vital municipal office (604 St. Mary’s Rd.), are all open regular hours — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — the entire long weekend. No appointment or referral is required. The Thunderbird House site (715 Main St.), which is closed on weekends, is also closed Monday.


Most shopping malls such as CF Polo Park, Kildonan Place Shopping Centre, St. Vital Centre and Outlet Collection Winnipeg are open 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday, and Grant Park Shopping Centre is open from noon to 5 p.m. The Forks Market is open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Manitoba Liquor Mart stores in Winnipeg operate 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.  For details on exceptions and rural Liquor Mart hours, visit www.LiquorMarts.ca/hours.


The Assiniboine Park Zoo is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with select exhibits closed, as well as gift shops and play structures. The Manitoba Museum, along with the Children’s Museum and the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, is closed. The Winnipeg Art Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery’s Rooftop Retreat and sculpture garden is open for the rest of the summer.

Three movie theatres in Winnipeg have reopened since closing because of the pandemic. The Grant Park, Polo Park and St. Vital theatres are operating at a reduced capacity.


Recycling and garbage will be collected as regularly scheduled for those with Monday as their collection day.  The Brady Road landfill is open 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, and the Brady 4R depot is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Pacific 4R and Panet 4R depots are closed.

Leaisure activities

All leisure centres will be closed Monday.

The Crescent Drive, Harbour View, John Blumberg, Kildonan Park and Windsor Park golf courses will be open from sunrise to sunset.

Weather permitting, City of Winnipeg outdoor swimming pools will be open noon to 7 p.m. while splash pads operate from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and select wading pools are open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Outdoor pools will be operating at limited capacity, and swimmers are encouraged to book swim blocks before arriving at the pool. Wading pool admissions are first come, first served.

Federal and provincial parks are open with limited services. Provincial COVID-19 safety and physical-distancing measures are in place.

Winnipeg Transit

Transit will return to a regular summer schedule on Sunday and operate on a Sunday schedule on Monday, Terry Fox Day. Buses will return to full weekday summer service on Tuesday. For route and schedule details, visit Winnipeg Transit or contact 311.


All Winnipeg Public Library branches are closed Monday. For detailed information on library hours, call 311 or visit the Winnipeg Public Library website.


The Brookside, St. Vital and Transcona cemetery grounds will be open 8 a.m to 9 p.m. Monday. Visitors are reminded to practise physical distancing. Cemetery offices will be closed Monday. For more information on city cemeteries, visit the municipal cemeteries branch online or contact 311.

Government services

Civic and provincial offices are closed Monday, but most federal government services are open. The Winnipeg Parking Authority is closed. The City of Winnipeg’s animal services agency is closed to the public.

There is no mail collection or delivery on Monday. Canada Post offices are closed, but post offices operated by the private sector will be open according to the hours of service of the host business.  (Source:Free press)