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Whether enjoying quiet time to relax and recharge or hosting a celebration, we all look forward to the holidays. Along with enjoying precious moments with the family, we know there’s a lot to plan for and buy. Walmart Canada is the perfect destination for one-stop holiday shopping, from backyard camping weekend essentials to bike rides with the family. Let this list of statutory holidays and special occasions, with links to our relevant shopping pages, be your guide.

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Statutory Holiday Day Observed Where Observed
New Year’s Day January 1 National
Family Day February 15 BC, AB, SK, ON, NB
Heritage Day February 15 NS
Islander Day February 15 PEI
Louis Riel Day February 15 MB
Good Friday April 2 National except QC
Easter Monday April 5 QC
St. George’s Day April 23 NL
Victoria Day & National Patriots’ Day in QC May 24 National except NB, NS, NL
Aboriginal Day June 21 NWT
June Holiday June 21 NL
St. Jean Baptiste Day June 24 QC
Canada Day & Memorial Day in NL July 1 National
Nunavut Day July 9 NT
Civic Holiday August 2 AB, BC, SK, ON, NB, NU
Discovery Day August 16 YT
Labour Day September 6 National
Thanksgiving October 11 National except NB, NS, NL
Remembrance Day November 11 National except MB, ON, QC, NS
Christmas Day December 25 National
Boxing Day December 26 ON

Special Occasion Day Observed Where Observed
Valentine’s Day February 14 National
St. Patrick’s Day March 17 National
Mother’s Day May 9 National
Father’s Day June 20 National
Halloween October 31 National

2021 National Statutory Holidays in Canada

As you can see in the chart above, Canadians celebrate a wide range of holidays that vary by province. There are, however, five statutory holidays that all Canadians share. Here are the holidays and some preferred ways Canadians celebrate them!

Family celebrating New Year's

New Year’s Day

January 1

Many Canadians celebrate the holiday by staying up past midnight to ring in the new year. New Year’s Day is also day one of fulfilling your resolutions, so make sure to have your plan and goals ready.

Mom and daughter decorating eggs on Easter

Good Friday

April 2

Easter is a time to celebrate rebirth and new beginnings. Canadian families often get together to paint eggs, go on Easter egg hunts and celebrate the spring. Not only might the Easter bunny leave many chocolate surprises, but family baking turns this into one of the most delicious holidays of the year!

Two children celebrating Canada Day

Canada Day

July 1

To commemorate Canada’s birthday, Canadian families often head to the cottage, get their barbecues fired up and enjoy the warm weather. For those staying in town, outdoor festivals, parades, and free music concerts are a common way to celebrate the day. At night the skies, from coast to coast, are lit-up with fireworks.

Mom and daughter on the first day of school

Labour Day

September 6

Celebrated on the first Monday of September, Labour Day historically has been a time when workers campaign for better working conditions. Over time, it has become the official goodbye to summer and students’ last day before the new school year begins.

Family opening gifts on Christmas Day

Christmas Day

December 25

Christmas mornings start early with children rushing to the tree to see what Santa Claus has left for them. The day is all about opening presents and spending time with your family.

As children play with their new toys, parents are busy preparing big Christmas dinners for an evening gathering with the extended family!

Article Sources

  1. Statutory Holidays Canada. 2021 Canadian Statutory Holidays.

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