As announced by Premiere Justin Trudeau, a new holiday in honour of Queen Elizabeth II will be observed all over Canada and in Calgary this upcoming Monday.

This, of course, is not a stat holiday for Albertans, but rather an opportunity to mourn the loss of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

There are, however, a few things to take note of before September 19th!

While the mass majority will not get the day off to watch the Queen’s service, some federal workers have been granted a day of mourning – and it could affect your day-to-day activities.

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As confirmed in a statement issued by the Canadian mail courier, there will be no mail collection or deliveries on Monday. 

Likewise, most post offices will be closed – unless in a franchised location.


While the Canadian Bankers Association will observe a moment of silence, banks across Canada will remain open. 


From public pools and administrative buildings to recreational facilities and transit – all city services will be open and running on September 19th

In addition grocery and liquor stores, movie theatres and most attractions will also be open – though we’d recommend checking their hours before you leave the house, just in case!

Now – for those of you who do have some time on Monday that would like to pay your respects, the following events will be happening in Calgary as a way to mark the Queen’s federal holiday:


Held at the Municipal Building, Calgarians are encouraged to attend a public viewing of Canada’s official service, which is being held at the Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa, Ontario. In addition, City Hall will ring its bells 70 times (for every year she spent on the throne) right at noon.

When: Monday, September 19th
Where: 800 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary
Time: 9 am


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This upcoming Monday, keep an eye on the Reconciliation Bridge, Telus Sky building and Olympic Plaza as they light the night in bright blue in honour of Her Late Majesty.

For more information about how Calgary will observe the memory of Queen Elizabeth II this Monday, please visit the city’s official website here.