Throughout the year, there are many important occasions that are celebrated in Canada. Holidays in Canada are regulated by the central government and the provincial and territorial authorities. While planning a vacation ensure that you check the lists of both national and provincial holidays as given below.
The Friday before Easter Sunday is observed, rather than celebrated and is called as Good Friday. The day is in memory of the crucifixion of Lord Jesus Christ. It is a statutory holiday all over Canada except in Quebec, where the holiday is mostly held on the Monday after Easter, instead of the Friday before it. So, organizations in Quebec choose either Good Friday or Easter Monday as a holiday for their employees.
Victoria Day marks the unofficial beginning of the summer season in Canada. It is celebrated on the Monday which comes on or before May 24, as the birthday of Queen Victoria, born in 1819. It is a statutory public holiday, except in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
In Yukon, Discovery Day is a public holiday on the third Monday of August, commemorating the discovery of gold in 1896 which initiated the Klondike Gold Rush. This year, it is on Monday, August 20 in Yukon.
With most holidays in Canada, if a public holiday falls on a weekend or a regular holiday, then the succeeding working day is considered a holiday. This is generally a statutory holiday. There are many other days, which while not necessarily holidays, are observed widely in the country. These include Mother's Day, Father's Day, Family Day, Valentine's Day, and St. Patrick's Day. Hopefully this list will help you plan your vacation well in advance, so that you can combine those weekends with leaves for an extended weekend getaway.