Public holidays in CanadaAt first glance, the list of public holidays in Canada looks quite extensive. Due to the enormous size of the country and the regional and political peculiarities associated with it, there are numerous holidays that only apply regionally. In order to unify the chaos, holidays of different regions were put on a uniform calendar day at least. For example, Victoria Day (on the Monday before 25 May) is named differently in the individual federal states. So in the end something different is celebrated, but on the same day.
By the way, Whitsun is hardly known in Canada. It is only celebrated in individual Christian communities.
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Non-movable holidaysNon-statutory holidays are written in gray.
|Jan. 1st||New Year's Day||New Year’s Day|
|Jan. 6th||Epiphany||Holy Three Kings|
|Feb. 2nd||Groundhog Day||Groundhog Day|
|Feb. 16th||Family's Day||Family Day|
|March 17th||Memorial Day of Bishop Patrick||St. Patrick's Day|
|June 21st||Indigenous Day||National Aboriginal Day|
|June 22nd||Discovery of Newfoundland and Labrador (regional only)||Discovery Day|
|June 24th||Saint-Jean-Baptiste (nur Quebec)||St. Jean Baptiste Day|
|July 1st||National holiday||Canada Day|
|July 9th||Nunavut Regional Holiday||Nunavut Day|
|July 31st||Newfoundland and Labrador||Orangemen's Day|
|Nov. 11th||Memorial Day of the Victims of the War||Remembrance Day|
|Dec. 24th||Christmas Eve||Christmas Eve|
|Dec. 25th||Christmas Day||Christmas Day|
|Dec. 26th||Boxing Day||Boxing Day|
|Dec. 31st||New Year's Eve||New Year's Eve|
Moving Holidays in Canada
|Commemoration Day Louis Riel (only in Manitoba)||Louis Riel Day||Feb. 21st||Feb. 20th||Feb. 19th||Feb. 17th||Feb. 16th|
|Islanders' Day (Prince Edward only)||Islander Day||Feb. 21st||Feb. 20th||Feb. 19th||Feb. 17th||Feb. 16th|
|Ash Wednesday||Ash Wednesday||March 2nd||Feb. 22nd||Feb. 14th||March 5th||Feb. 18th|
|Good Friday||Good Friday||April 15th||April 7th||March 29th||April 18th||April 3rd|
|Easter Sunday||Easter Sunday||April 17th||April 9th||March 31st||April 20th||April 5th|
|Easter Monday||Easter Monday||April 18th||April 10th||April 1st||April 21st||April 6th|
|Mother's Day||Mother's Day||May 8th||May 14th||May 12th||May 11th||May 10th|
|Birthday of the Monarch||Victoria Day||May 23rd||May 22nd||May 20th||May 19th||May 18th|
|Patriot Day (Quebec only)||National Patriots' Day||May 23rd||May 22nd||May 20th||May 19th||May 18th|
|Ascension of Christ||Ascension Day||May 26th||May 18th||May 9th||May 29th||May 14th|
|Whit Sunday||Whit Sunday||June 5th||May 28th||May 19th||June 8th||May 24th|
|Whit Monday||Whit Monday||June 6th||May 29th||May 20th||June 9th||May 25th|
|Father's Day||Father's Day||June 19th||June 18th||June 16th||June 15th||June 21st|
|August holiday||Civic Holiday||Aug. 1st||Aug. 7th||Aug. 5th||Aug. 4th||Aug. 3rd|
|Discovery of Yukon (Yukon only)||Discovery Day||Aug. 1st||Aug. 7th||Aug. 5th||Aug. 4th||Aug. 3rd|
|Labor Day||Labour Day||Sept. 5th||Sept. 4th||Sept. 2nd||Sept. 1st||Sept. 7th|
|Thanksgiving||Thanksgiving||Nov. 24th||Nov. 23rd||Nov. 28th||Nov. 27th||Nov. 26th|
Victoria DayCanada was a British colony and still belongs to the Commonwealth of Nations. The Monday before 25 May is considered a public and non-working holiday throughout Canada in honour of Queen Victoria (24 May 1819). By the way, Canada is the only country that does not celebrate the birthday of the current Queen, but of the kings who also proclaimed the British Empire.
Victoria Day is not celebrated throughout the country on this Monday, but an equally regional day, which varies from region to region. While the British Queen is honoured in Ontario, the neighbouring state of Quebec celebrates National Patriots Day. Thus, the whole of Canada has a public holiday on this day, while at the same time one is careful to limit the number of different days.
The occasion may vary regionally, but the celebrations are less so. Throughout the country, parades, concerts and horse shows are held on Victoria Day. Families gather for a picnic in the park in view of the warmer season. Schools. Post offices, libraries and government offices are closed throughout the country, although many shops are still open at least by the hour. Tourists should avoid longer distances on this weekend, as the long weekend means that many Canadians are on the road, the roads are congested and the ferries are fully booked.