Holidays in Canada – Official Canadian Holidays

Holidays in Canada - Official Canadian Holidays

Update 29. August 2021

Holidays in Canada - Christmas tree
Canadians like it looking magnificent on their Christmas trees.

In addition to church celebrations, there are a number of annually recurring holidays in Canada. A number of these holidays do not have a fixed date, but are on a specific Monday. This allows the leisure-conscious Canadians several long weekends. There are also other holidays in the individual provinces.

Here you can find more information about national holidays in Canada.

Holidays in Canada

New Years DayJanuary 1st.
 Good Friday different dates
Easter Monday different dates
Victoria Day first Monday before 25th of May
Canada Day July 1st., National Holiday
Labour Day first Monday in September
Thanksgiving second Monday in October
 Remenbrance Day 11th of November
Christmas Day 25th of December

Holidays in Canada 2020

  • Remembrance Day: Wednesday, November 11th, 2020
  • Christmas: Friday, December 25th, 2020
  • Boxing Day: Saturday, December 26th, 2020

Holidays in Canada 2021

HolidayDate 2021Notes
New Year’s DayJanuary 1, FridayNational
Islander DayFebruary 15, MondayPEI
Louis Riel DayFebruary 15, MondayMB
Heritage DayFebruary 15, MondayNS
Family DayFebruary 15, MondayBC, AB, SK, ON, NB
Valentine’s DayFebruary 14, SundayNot official
Leap Day
St. Patrick’s DayMarch 17, WednesdayNot official
Good FridayApril 2, FridayNational except QC
Easter MondayApril 5, MondayQC
Mother’s DayMay 9, SundayNot official
Victoria DayMay 24, MondayNational except NB, NS, NL
Father’s DayJune 20, SundayNot official
Aboriginal DayJune 21, MondayNWT
St. Jean Baptiste DayJune 24, ThursdayQC
Canada DayJuly 1, ThursdayNational
Civic HolidayAugust 2, MondayAB, BC, SK, ON, NB, NU
Labour DaySeptember 6, MondayNational
ThanksgivingOctober 11, MondayNational except NB, NS, NL
HalloweenOctober 31, SundayNot official
Remembrance DayNovember 11, ThursdayNational except MB, ON, QC, NS
Christmas DayDecember 25, SaturdayNational
Boxing DayDecember 26, SundayON

Generally, Canadians are a little more relaxed about their holidays. Therefore, on Sundays and public holidays, shops are usually open. Sunday, for example, is a main shopping day for families. But on Easter Monday or 25th of December everything is closed. On 26th of December, however, the shopping battle, Boxing Day, takes place in the cities. Special offers ensure that the malls throughout the country are also very well frequented on public holidays.