Holidays in Canada – Official Canadian Holidays

Holidays in Canada - Official Canadian Holidays

Update 3. March 2024

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 2024

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

HolidayDate 2024Notes
New Year’s DayJanuary 1, MondayNational
Islander DayFebruary 19, MondayPEI
Louis Riel DayFebruary 19, MondayMB
Heritage DayFebruary 19, MondayNS
Family DayFebruary 19, MondayBC, AB, SK, ON, NB
Valentine’s DayFebruary 14, WednesdayNot official
Leap DayFebruary 29, Thursdaynot a holiday
St. Patrick’s DayMarch 17, SundayNot official
Good FridayMarch 29, FridayNational except QC
Easter MondayApril 1, MondayQC
Mother’s DayMay 12, SundayNot official
Victoria DayMay 20, MondayNational except NB, NS, NL
Father’s DayJune 16, SundayNot official
Aboriginal DayJune 21, FridayNWT
St. Jean Baptiste DayJune 24, MondayQC
Canada DayJuly 1, MondayNational
Civic HolidayAugust 5, MondayAB, BC, SK, ON, NB, NU
Labour DaySeptember 2, MondayNational
ThanksgivingOctober 14, MondayNational except NB, NS, NL
HalloweenOctober 31, ThursdayNot official
Remembrance DayNovember 11, MondayNational except MB, ON, QC, NS
Christmas DayDecember 25, WednesdayNational
Boxing DayDecember 26, ThursdayON

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.