Public Holidays in Canada

by Julie Ovenell-Carter  

Canadians enjoy a number of statutory holidays throughout the year. If you can avoid travelling during these peak vacation periods, you’ll save money and delays.

The Government of Canada posts a two-year public holiday calendar that includes national and provincial and territorial “stats”. ¬†While government offices, schools and many businesses close for these holidays, tourism-related enterprises typically remain open. (Note that when a stat falls on a weekend, many businesses and institutions will take the following Monday in lieu.)

National holidays 2011:

  • New Year’s Day: Jan. 1
  • Good Friday: April 22
  • Easter Monday: April 25
  • Victoria Day: May 23
  • Canada Day: July 1
  • Labour Day: Sept. 5
  • Thanksgiving (Canadian): Oct. 10
  • Remembrance Day: Nov. 11
  • Christmas Day: Dec. 25
  • Boxing Day: Dec. 26



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