Things To Know

If you're coming to Canada for a meeting or convention, this is the place to find all the practical resources, tools, information and tips you'll need to make your trip a memorable one. For example, find out more on:

  • Clearing customs
  • Exchanging currency
  • Reserving a rental car
  • Finding the most scenic or speedy ways to travel.

Public Holidays

Banks, government offices, schools and some stores in Canada are closed on the following public holidays, also known as federal statutory holidays:

New Year's Day - January 1

Good Friday - usually late March or early April (varies year to year)

Easter Monday - usually late March or early April (varies year to year)

Victoria Day - the Monday preceding May 25

Canada Day - July 1 (observed on July 2 if July 1 falls on a Sunday)

Labor Day - first Monday of September

Thanksgiving Day -second Monday of October

Remembrance Day - November 11

Christmas Day - December 25

Boxing Day - December 26

 

Provincial Statutory Holidays

Canadian provinces also have statutory holidays to commemorate special events and celebrations:

British Columbia

British Columbia Day - first Monday of August

Alberta

Alberta Family Day - third Monday of February

Heritage Day - first Monday of August

Saskatchewan 

Family Day - third Monday of February

Civic Holiday - first Monday of August

Manitoba 

Louis Riel Day - third Monday of February

Civic Holiday - first Monday of August

Ontario

     Family Day - third Monday of February  

Civic Holiday - first Monday of August

Quebec 

National Day - June 24

New Brunswick 

New Brunswick Day - first Monday of August

Nova Scotia 

Natal Day - first Monday of August, except in Halifax where it varies from year-to-year, usually held in August or July

Prince Edward Island 

Natal Day - by proclamation, usually on first Monday of August

Newfoundland & Labrador

Celebrated on nearest Monday:

St. Patrick's Day - March 17

St. George's Day - April 23

Discovery Day - June 24

Memorial Day - July 1

Orangemen's Day - July 12

Regatta Day/Civic Holiday - fixed by municipal council orders

Yukon

Discovery Day - third Monday of August

Northwest Territories 

National Aboriginal Day - June 21

Civic Holiday - first Monday of August

Nunavut

Nunavut Day - July 9

Civic Holiday - first Monday of August

 

Visit the Canadian Heritage website for complete national, provincial and territorial holiday listings.