Holidays in Canada

Canada day at the Edmonton Legislature Grounds

There are many different holiday days in Canada. While some are based on important Christian traditions, others commemorate secular or civic events. Checking out the various ceremonies and activities which mark certain holidays can help you learn more about Canadian culture.


New Year's Day (January 1)

The first day of every year is a holiday in Canada! Use the opportunity to enjoy the winter weather, spend time with friends, or rest from partying the night before.

Family Day (Third Monday in February)

Created in Alberta to mark the importance of family, many Canadians use this day to relax, go outside, and enjoy the company of their family.

Good Friday (Friday preceding Easter)

This somber day marks the date when Christians believe that Jesus Christ was crucified and died.

Victoria Day (Monday preceding May 25)

Queen Victoria was the reigning monarch when Canada became a country, and her birthday had already been a holiday in British Canada before then. This day celebrates Canada's British heritage.

Canada Day (July 1)

Canada became a country on July 1st, 1867. Every July 1, Canadians celebrate their country; there are always many significant events to participate in.

Heritage Day (First Monday in August)

While this holiday has many names across Canada, Albertans use this day to celebrate the diverse ethnic and cultural heritage of the people who make up the province.

Labour Day (First Monday in September)

In the 1800's, workers would strike and protest for better working conditions and a shorter workweek. This day honours workers; many unions will organize marches to celebrate.

Thanksgiving (Second Monday in October)

This day occurs six weeks earlier than the American Thanksgiving; on this day, Canadians "give thanks" for what they appreciate.

Remembrance Day (November 11)

On November 11, 1918, the first world war ended. Since 1931, every year, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day, Canadians gather to honour everyone who perished in conflict. 

Christmas Day (December 25)

Christmas has many traditions associated with it, although this was originally the day when Christians believe that Jesus Christ was born.

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