Holidays in Canada – Official Canadian Holidays

Holidays in Canada - Official Canadian Holidays

Update 28. November 2022

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 2022

The following list is not complete. There are numerous holidays in the provinces.

HolidayDate 2021Notes
New Year’s DayJanuary 1, FridayNational
Islander DayFebruary 21, MondayPEI
Louis Riel DayFebruary 21, MondayMB
Heritage DayFebruary 21, MondayNS
Family DayFebruary 21, MondayBC, AB, SK, ON, NB
Valentine’s DayFebruary 14, MondayNot official
Leap Day next leap year is 2024
St. Patrick’s DayMarch 14, MondayNot official
Good FridayApril 15, FridayNational except QC
Easter MondayApril 18, MondayQC
Mother’s DayMay 8, SundayNot official
Victoria DayMay 23, MondayNational except NB, NS, NL
Father’s DayJune 19, SundayNot official
Aboriginal DayJune 21, TuesdayNWT
St. Jean Baptiste DayJune 24, FridayQC
Canada DayJuly 1, FridayNational
Civic HolidayAugust 1, MondayAB, BC, SK, ON, NB, NU
Labour DaySeptember 5, MondayNational
ThanksgivingOctober 10, MondayNational except NB, NS, NL
HalloweenOctober 31, MondayNot official
Remembrance DayNovember 11, FridayNational except MB, ON, QC, NS
Christmas DayDecember 25,SundayNational
Boxing DayDecember 26, MondayON

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.