Public Holidays

Public holidays in Canada 2021-2025

At 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 holidays

Non-statutory holidays are written in gray.

dateholidayLocal name
Jan, 1stNew Year's DayNew Year’s Day
Jan, 6thEpiphanyHoly Three Kings
Feb, 2ndGroundhog DayGroundhog Day
Feb, 16thFamily's DayFamily Day
Mar, 17thMemorial Day of Bishop PatrickSt. Patrick's Day
Jun, 21stIndigenous DayNational Aboriginal Day
Jun, 22ndDiscovery of Newfoundland and Labrador (regional only)Discovery Day
Jun, 24thSaint-Jean-Baptiste (nur Quebec)St. Jean Baptiste Day
Jul, 1stNational holidayCanada Day
Jul, 9thNunavut Regional HolidayNunavut Day
Jul, 31stNewfoundland and LabradorOrangemen's Day
Nov, 11thMemorial Day of the Victims of the WarRemembrance Day
Dec, 24thChristmas EveChristmas Eve
Dec, 25thChristmas DayChristmas Day
Dec, 26thBoxing DayBoxing Day
Dec, 31stNew Year's EveNew Year's Eve

Moving Holidays in Canada

holidayLocal name20212022202320242025
Commemoration Day Louis Riel (only in Manitoba)Louis Riel DayFeb, 15thFeb, 21stFeb, 20thFeb, 19thFeb, 17th
Islanders' Day (Prince Edward only)Islander DayFeb, 15thFeb, 21stFeb, 20thFeb, 19thFeb, 17th
Ash WednesdayAsh WednesdayFeb, 17thMar, 2ndFeb, 22ndFeb, 14thMar, 5th
Good FridayGood FridayApr, 2ndApr, 15thApr, 7thMar, 29thApr, 18th
Easter SundayEaster SundayApr, 4thApr, 17thApr, 9thMar, 31stApr, 20th
Easter MondayEaster MondayApr, 5thApr, 18thApr, 10thApr, 1stApr, 21st
Mother's DayMother's DayMay, 9thMay, 8thMay, 14thMay, 12thMay, 11th
Ascension of ChristAscension DayMay, 13thMay, 26thMay, 18thMay, 9thMay, 29th
Whit SundayWhit SundayMay, 23rdJun, 5thMay, 28thMay, 19thJun, 8th
Birthday of the MonarchVictoria DayMay, 24thMay, 23rdMay, 22ndMay, 20thMay, 19th
Patriot Day (Quebec only)National Patriots' DayMay, 24thMay, 23rdMay, 22ndMay, 20thMay, 19th
Whit MondayWhit MondayMay, 24thJun, 6thMay, 29thMay, 20thJun, 9th
Father's DayFather's DayJun, 20thJun, 19thJun, 18thJun, 16thJun, 15th
August holidayCivic HolidayAug, 2ndAug, 1stAug, 7thAug, 5thAug, 4th
Discovery of Yukon (Yukon only)Discovery DayAug, 2ndAug, 1stAug, 7thAug, 5thAug, 4th
Labor DayLabour DaySep, 6thSep, 5thSep, 4thSep, 2ndSep, 1st
ThanksgivingThanksgivingNov, 25thNov, 24thNov, 23rdNov, 28thNov, 27th

Victoria Day

Public Holidays Canada 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.
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