Sunday, October 17, 2021

Festivals & Holidays in Canada

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In Canada, the following national holidays are recognised and celebrated (there may be minor differences in some provinces):

  • New Year’s Day – 1 January
  • Family Day – 3rd Monday in February (not celebrated in all provinces, known as Louis Riel Day in Manitoba, Islander Day in PEI).
  • Good Friday – Friday before Easter (some facilities also close on Easter Monday)
  • Easter Sunday – late March or early April, the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox.
  • Victoria Day – Last Monday in May before 25 May (known as Fêtes des Patriotes in Quebec; always one week before US Memorial Day).
  • Saint-Jean-Baptiste (Quebec) – 24 June (also called Fête Nationale)
  • Canada Day – 1 July
  • Recreational holiday – first Monday in August (applies only in some provinces, under different names; not in Quebec).
  • Labour Day – first Monday in September
  • Thanksgiving – Second Monday in October (the same day as the American holiday Columbus Day).
  • Remembrance Day – 11 November (holiday only; same day as US Veterans Day)
  • Christmas Day – 25 December
  • Boxing Day-26 December

Also note that Labour Day in Canada is not celebrated on 1 May, as in most countries around the world, but on the first Monday in September (the same day as Labour Day in the United States).