What do you call Canada’s first-Monday-in-August civic holiday? Well, that all depends on where you are. It’s technically not what Canadians call a “statutory” holiday, and different parts of the country celebrate in different ways. Some provinces and cities don’t celebrate at all.
What’s in a (holiday) name? Plenty!
For example, in Ottawa, it’s Colonel By Day — in honor of Lieutenant Colonel John By — who supervised the construction of Ottawa’s Rideau Canal. New Brunswick calls it New Brunswick Day, while it’s Simcoe Day in Toronto. John Graves Simcoe was the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada. The civic holiday, which falls on August 5 this year, strives to help foster the spirit of community among residents.
Here are just some of the other names for Canada’s civic holiday:
- British Columbia Day
- Heritage Day (Alberta)
- Natal Day (Nova Scotia)
- Terry Fox Day (Manitoba)
Quebec, Newfoundland, and the Yukon don’t observe the first Monday in August as a civic holiday
Civic Holiday – History
Parks and recreation
The mayor of Toronto organizes a day of recreation for city residents in the middle of the summer.
Toronto celebrates the first August civic holiday
The first Monday of August is officially formalized as a civic holiday by Toronto City Council.
British Columbia joins in
British Columbia is the last Canadian province to officially observe the annual holiday.
Civic Holiday Activities
Go for a picnic
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors, and thankfully, most parts of Canada have gorgeous outdoor locations. Grab your picnic basket, invite your friends, and head out for some time under the sun.
Join a conservation campaign
One of the ideas behind the Civic Day holiday is to make people aware of conservation efforts. Nonprofit campaigns always need volunteers. Do something meaningful this Civic Day.
Start the party on Sunday
Monday holidays are rare. Make the most of this occasion by staying up late the night before. Maybe look for a rave happening in your city, or just invite your friends over………Read More>>