Public Holidays in Canada

If you’re looking to plan a trip to Canada this year, be sure to check out our list of public holidays in Canada. This list includes some of the most popular celebrations in Canada, as well as some lesser-known holidays that are worth celebrating. From Victoria Day to Labour Day, there’s something for everyone on our list of Canadian public holidays. Ready to explore all that this beautiful country has to offer?

National holidays

New Year’s Day: January 1
Good Friday (varies): March/April
Easter Sunday (varies): March/April
Easter Monday (varies): March/April (widely observed but not an official public holiday)
Victoria Day: Third Monday of May
Canada Day: July 1
Labour Day: First Monday in September
Thanksgiving: second Monday in October
Remembrance Day: November 11 (only a partial holiday; government offices and banks are closed, but most businesses are open)
Christmas Day: December 25
Boxing Day: December 26

Provincial holidays

Alberta: Third Monday in February (Alberta Family Day); first Monday in August (Heritage Day)
British Columbia: First Monday in August (British Columbia Day)
Manitoba: First Monday in August (Civic Holiday)
New Brunswick: First Monday in August (New Brunswick Day)
Newfoundland and Labrador: March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day); Third Monday in April (St. George’s Day); Third Monday in June (Discovery Day); First Monday in July (Memorial Day); Third Monday in July (Orangeman’s Day)
Northwest Territories: First Monday in August (Civic Holiday)
Nova Scotia: First Monday in August (Civic Holiday)
Nunavut: April 1 (Nunavut Day)
Ontario: First Monday in August (Civic Holiday)
Québec: January 6 (Epiphany); Ash Wednesday; Ascension (forty days after Easter); June 24 (Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day); November 1 (All Saints’ Day); December 8 (Immaculate Conception)
Saskatchewan: First Monday in August (Civic Holiday)
Yukon: Third Monday in August (Discovery Day)

There are plenty of opportunities to celebrate in Canada, whether you’re looking for fun activities like going on a cruise to watch the fireworks at the first show or want to stay organized with a themed dinner party. This article gave you a brief overview of some of the major holidays in Canada and their purpose. Add these holidays to your calendar and start planning your trip today!