Hours of Operation

Most banks in British Columbia are open Monday-Thursday 10-3:30 and Friday 10-5 or 6. Some banks, especially in Vancouver, are open longer hours and also on Saturday morning. All banks are closed on national holidays. Most banks (and some gas stations and convenience stores) have automatic teller machines that are accessible around the clock. Hours at museums vary, but most open at 10 or 11 and close in the evening. Many museums are closed on Monday; some make up for it by staying open late on Wednesday or Thursday, often waiving admission.

Stores in B.C. are usually open Monday-Saturday 9-6. Shops in the major cities and in areas frequented by tourists are usually open Sunday as well. Stores often stay open Thursday and Friday evenings, most shopping malls are open until 9 pm. Many supermarkets are open 7:30 am-9 pm, and some food and convenience stores in Vancouver are open 24 hours.


Canadian national holidays are as follows: New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Victoria Day (third Monday in May), Canada Day (July 1), Labor Day, Thanksgiving (October 11), Remembrance Day (November 11), Christmas Day (December 25), and Boxing Day (December 26). British Columbia Day (first Monday in August) is a provincial holiday.