Let our statutory holiday list be your guide to Canadian holidays. Here are the annual observances we celebrate across our home and native land!
|Holiday||Day Observed||Where Observed|
|New Year’s Day||January 1||Nationwide|
|Islander Day||Third Monday in February||PE|
|Family Day||Third Monday in February (Second in BC)||AB, BC, NB, ON, SK|
|Louis Riel Day||Third Monday in February||MB|
|St. Patrick’s Day||March 17||NL|
|Good Friday||Friday before Easter Sunday||Nationwide except QC|
|Easter Monday||Monday after Easter Sunday||QC|
|St. George’s Day||April 23||NL|
National Patriotes Day in QC
|Monday preceding May 25||Nationwide except NB, NL, NS, PE|
|National Aboriginal Day||June 21||NT, YT|
St. Jean Baptiste Day
|Discovery Day||June 24||NL|
Memorial Day in NL
|Nunavut Day||July 9||NT|
|Civic Holiday||First Monday in August||AB, BC, NB, NU, ON, SK|
|Labour Day||First Monday of September||Nationwide|
|Thanksgiving||Second Monday in October||Nationwide except NB, NL, NS, PE|
|Remembrance Day||November 11||Nationwide except NL, NS, ON, QC|
|Christmas Day||December 25||Nationwide|
|Boxing Day||December 26||ON|
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2019 national statutory holidays in Canada
As you can see in the above chart, 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!
New Year’s Day – January 1st
3 … 2 … 1 … Happy New Year! Many Canadians celebrate the holiday by staying up past midnight to ring in the new year. After saying goodbye to one year and hello to another, it’s time for a well-deserved rest. New Year’s Day often starts with long mornings, big breakfasts and (at least at my house) a commitment to staying in your pyjamas all day!
New Year’s Day is also day one of fulfilling your resolutions, so make sure to have your plan and goals ready.
Good Friday – April 19th
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!
Canada Day – July 1st
Oh Canada! For a 152-year-old nation, I think we look great. 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 for people to enjoy under the stars.
Labour Day – September 2nd
Celebrated on the first Monday of September, Labour Day historically has been a time when workers come together to campaign for better working conditions. Over time it has become the official goodbye to summer with city carnivals packed for their last official day open.
Students all over Canada have come to recognize the day as last rest before the new school year begins. Students spend the day gathering their new school supplies together and counting down to the hours before they head back to class.
Christmas Day – December 25th
Santa Claus is coming to town! Christmas mornings start early with children rushing to the tree to see what Santa 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!
Whether enjoying quiet time to relax and recharge, or hosting gatherings with friends and family, we all look forward to the holidays. Be sure to make Walmart Canada your first stop when shopping for your next holiday needs!
Source: Statutory Holidays Canada and provincial/territorial government websites.