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Canada Travel on Long Weekends

Canada's Holiday Weekends 

The next official public holiday long weekend takes place during Christmas Week.  The school holiday break season finishes up on New Years Day.  During the Christmas week both Boxing Day and Christmas Day are statutory public holidays in Canada.

Christmas | New Years | Valentines Day | Family Day | March Break | Easter | Mothers Day 
Victoria Day | Memorial Day | Fathers Day | Canada Day | Civic Holiday | Labour Day | Thanksgiving | Halloween  

Christmas in CanadaChristmas Long weekend 2014

This year Christmas falls on Thursday December 25 and Boxing day on Friday December 26.  Many will celebrate with an extended holiday.  Some of the best value getaways take place after Christmas before New Year's Eve.  Engage in some pre Christmas activities including Santa Claus Parades or take in a Festival of Lights Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.  Many light festivals will continue into January and the New Year.

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New Years Eve at The Briars Resort and Spa

Photo: The Briars Reort & Spa - Jacksons Point, Ontario

New Years Long Weekend 2015

New Year's day falls on Thursdday January 1st.  Many will celebrate with an extended holiday.  Holiday weekends are best when they are long getaway weekends especially during the winter season.  Canadians work and live for their long weekends and combine them witha visit to a winter carnival or festival.  Canada has several statutory holidays in 2015 each year with most falling on a what has become known as Holiday Monday, thereby creating a long weekend. Additional holiday and vacation dates are often used as an excuse for a weekend getaway or long weekend holiday.

Valentines Day Long WeekendValentines Day Canada Long Weekend Romance

Falling on a Friday February 14, Valentines should be a long weekend in 2014. Turn the weekend into 7 Day weekend with a Canadian winter getaway vacation.  Getaway Valentines or romantic getaway packages can be found. See more than 30 romantic options Ontario's February For Lovers or check How to woo a Canadian on Valentines Day. 

Family Day CanadaFamily Day Long Weekend - February 16, 2015 Holiday

Family Day Quick Links in Canada include: Toronto Family Day, Ontario Family Day, Alberta Family Day, and Saskatchewan Family Day.  The exception is Family Day in British Columbia (BC) which falls on Monday February 9th.  For most provinces the 3 day long weekend will start on Friday February 13th through until Monday February 16, 2015. Canada Heritage Day falls on February 17, and coincides with many February holidays. Some Canadian provinces have a special February Day, but do not acknowledge it as a public day off.  Find more information on Family Day 2015 activities, In Manitoba residents celebrate Louis Riel Day, and in Prince Edward Island, Islander Day is the public holiday. Many winter celebrations, winter carnivals and winterfests will be taking place during this winter holiday vacation long weekend.

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March Break 2015 Dates and Highlights

March Break-Spring Break or Winter Break in 2015 kicks off in Ontario and Nova Scotia and Newfoundland-Labrador this weekend starting March 13.  Find March Break Activities and things to do  in both provinces.  Snow sports and maple syrup events highlight the 10 days of fun for kids and families. 

Easter in Canada Long Weekend 2015

Happy EasterCanada's Easter is the only official public Holiday in April. Many will celebrate a 3 or 4 day long weekend.  Create your own package getaway or get the latest last-minute Easter Activities and Events.  A good time for a four day long weekend starting on a Thursday April 17th and ending on Easter Monday.  

Friday April 3rd, 2015 Good Friday
Sunday April 6th, 2015 Easter Sunday

Monday April 6, Easter Monday (a holiday for some Canadians..not an official Public holiday)

Passover starts on  the eventing of Friday April 3rd, and ends April 11th, 2015

Mother's Day FlowersMother's Day Weekend in Canada is Sunday May 10th, 2015

Make this weekend a special Canadian long weekend gift for Mom--a May Mother's Day getaway. Consider a Mother's-Daughter spa getaway present  or a special buffet brunch or dinner, or a travel getaway.  Celebrations of mothers and motherhood occur throughout the world.

Ideas For Mother's Day

Looking for ideas that go beyond the usual box of chocolates and freshly cut flowers? Here are some great ways to give Mom what she really wants for Mother's ..See Canadian Living, or History of Mother's Day

Victoria Day Weekend May 2013Victoria Day Weekend May 2015

Monday May 18, 2015 is Victoria Day however the official long weekend starts on the Friday May 16, 2014  See Fireworks Displays Victoria Day Weekend in Canada Celebrating Queen Victoria's Birthday. 

See the Best Places to Party North of Toronto over the May 24 long weekend,

Many resort destinations celebrate Victoria Day Weekend as their official re-opening for the summer vacation season and many have developed special Victoria Day long weekend packages.  Many call this the May 24 weekend  perhaps because Canada's beer case which holds 24 bottles. It is also known in Newfoundland as the start to gravel pit parties & camping weekend, and in Ontario open the cottage-cabin weekend.   

Memorial Day Weekend 2015

The Memorial Day Weekend will start on Friday May 22nd through to Monday May 25th, 2015
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Memorial Day is officially held Monday May 25th, 2015. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in the service of the United States. (equivalent to Canada's Remembrance Day on November 11)

Fathers Day June 21, 2015

Father's Day is the perfect excuse for a June long weekend. Treat Dad to a fishing getaway or golf getaway, or an adventure canoe eco tour on the fathers day weekend.

Ontario travel north of Toronto travel news may help you make the decision, or check the June Getaways for more father's day ideas.

Canada FlagCanada Day Celebrations (Canada Week June 26-July 1)

CANADA DAY: Wednesday July 1, 2015
Canada Day falls on a Wednesday in 2015, and makes for the perfect Canada Day summer 3 or 4 day long-long weekend depending when you take the public holiday. See Canada Day Celebrations for each province.

Canada's 11 Day Long Weekend
For many Canada Day starts with National Aboriginal Day on June 21 begins an 11 day celebration of Canada's unique cultures and heritage, including Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24Canadian Multiculturalism Day, culminating with Canada Day Celebrations  Canada's Birthday Day Festival. Book the hotel location in your province to go with the event below, or consider a trip to Ottawa for Canada's Birthday in the Capital of Canada.

Canada Day News
Canada Day Travel news on last-minute updates, events, activities, festivals, fireworks, music & special places and featured destinations.  See Canada Travel News BLOG

As many will be flying Canadian flags this weekend, you may be interested in Canada Flag Information

Holiday Beach WeekendCivic Holiday:  First Monday in August 

Monday August 3rd, 2015

Civic Holiday events start on Friday Aug 1. See Civic Holiday Events and Festivals. The Civic Holiday is the first Monday of August and offers a long weekend holiday during the summer vacation season in Canada....... a perfect time for family day activities, events and festivals.

The following provinces offer a statutory holiday: Bri`tish Columbia (British Columbia Day), New Brunswick (New Brunswick Day), Northwest Territories(Civic Holiday), Nunavut (Civic Holiday), and Saskatchewan (Saskatchewan Day). Civic holiday (may be a paid vacation day depending on employer) inAlberta (Heritage Day), Manitoba (Civic Holiday), Ontario (Simcoe Day), Nova Scotia (Natal Day), and Prince Edward Island (Natal Day).

It is interesting to note, depending on the community in Ontario (according to Wikipedia), different assigned to what was known as Simcoe Day including Mountie Day in North YorkColonel By Day in OttawaJoseph Brant Day in BurlingtonFounders' Day in BrantfordMcLaughlin Day inOshawaAlexander Mackenzie Day in SarniaJames Cockburn Day in CobourgPeter Robinson Day in Peterborough, and John Galt Day inGuelph

Summer Leaf Color ChangesLabour Day Canada-Labor Day U.S.

The last long weekend of the summer--Labour Day in Canada, and Labor Day in the United States starts Friday September 4th 1 for a 3 day end of summer getaway. This year Labour Day lands on Monday September 7, 2015. See Canada Labour Day Events. Canadian football fans often celebrate by watching the Labour Day Classic Football games.

Labour Day Shopping Tradition

Shoppers can take advantage of back to school bargains in many designated tourist destinations allowed to open over the Labour Day Public Holiday....check local jurisdictions before heading out. Most banks, liquor stores, and government offices are closed for this public holiday. More Labour Day Traditions and History

Ontario Last Minute GetawaysCanadian Thanksgiving Holiday

Canadian Thanksgiving takes place during  peak of the Canadian Fall Colours (colors) fall foliage season.  Thanksgiving falls on the secondMonday in October and in 2015 this is Monday October 12. There are many  Thanksgiving events, & festivals to celebrate the harvest season and is the perfect time to take a fall color road trip to include a visit to a farmers' market,  a fall fair, a Thanksgiving getaway or a fall studio tour.  Thanksgiving in Canada was a First Nations Aboriginal Tradition that became an European tradition with Samuel de Champlain in 1604 with the Order of Good Cheer.  The American Thanksgiving takes place in  November.

Monday October 12, 2015

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Halloween Long Weekend 2015

Although not an official public holiday, many will take the day off as a start to a Halloween Long weekend on Saturday October 31, 2014.  Pick your favourite destination and enjoy All Hallows' Eve.  See Halloween History


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