Public Canadian Holidays

Okanagan British Columbia

Are you visiting the Okanagan BC during public Canadian holidays, or long weekend holidays?

Canadian stat holidays, as well as BC provincial statutory holidays, are usually very busy long weekends in the Okanagan Valley.

There's tons of stuff going on, fireworks, entertainment, music, family activities ...the whole sha-bang!

Canada celebrates national public holidays across all provinces, including BC.

And in addition, here in British Columbia we also commemorate British Columbia Day, a BC provincial holiday.

In BC, we also celebrate a few other special days of the year.

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There are nine provincial and national statutory holidays observed in BC.

So, What can you expect?

Well, it means that some services such as banks and government offices are closed.

Post offices are closed as well.

However many retail businesses choose to maintain business hours on certain statutory holidays, so you can still do some shopping while you're here.

Public transport services may be reduced or may not run at all.

Of course, that does also mean an extra day of R&R, or fun, for some of us!

If you're here during summer, join in the fun for the Canada Day holiday weekend in July and British Columbia Day in August.

Things To Do On The Long Weekends In The Okanagan...

  • July Long Weekend
  • August Long Weekend
  • September Long Weekend

Public Holidays In Canada Observed In British Columbia

In Canada, a national holiday can be statutory, also known as "general" or "public" holiday and is legislated at the national, provincial and territorial levels.

 

2015

2016

2017

2018

New Year's Day

Thursday
January 1

Friday
January 1

Sunday
January 1

Monday
January 1

Good Friday

Friday
April 3

Friday
March 25

Friday
April 14

Friday
March 30

Victoria Day

Monday
May 18

Monday
May 23

Monday
May 22

Monday
May 21

Canada Day

Wednesday
July 1

Friday
July 2

Saturday
July 1

Sunday
July 1

B.C. Day

Monday
August 3

Monday
August 1

Monday
August 7

Monday
August 6

Labour Day

Monday
September 7

Monday
September 5

Monday
September 4

Monday
September 3

Thanksgiving Day

Monday
October 12

Monday
October 10

Monday
October 9

Monday
October 8

Remembrance Day

Wednesday
November 11

Friday
November 11

Saturday
November 11

Sunday
November 11

Christmas Day

Friday
December 25

Sunday
December 25

Monday
December 25

Tuesday
December 25

Note: Canada Day is usually July 1st. If July 1st falls on Sunday, Monday July 2nd replaces July 1st as the statutory holiday.
Source: labour.gov.bc.ca

British Columbia Provincial Statutory Holidays

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Along with national Canadian holidays, we recognize Provincial holidays in BC plus Easter Monday, which is a bank holiday and commemorated by federal employees. Banks, post offices, government offices, libraries, and some stores will be closed on Provincial holidays.

British Columbia Day

The first Monday in August is a statutory holiday in most Canadian Provinces and Territories. As Canadian holidays are, it's considered a 'civic holiday', and it's name changes from province to province, and even amongst different regions within a province, and here we call it British Columbia Day.

The British Columbia Day Act was first introduced to the Legislative Assembly in 1974. The aim of the Bill was to create a statutory holiday on the first Monday in August to recognize the pioneers in the province and the act gained royal assent in 1996.

Post offices and many businesses and organizations, such as libraries, are closed. A few stores may be open depending on local customs. Public transport services may be reduced or may not run at all. Mostly we spend a relaxing day with family and friends.

Other Important Dates & Canadian Holidays

Easter Sunday, Easter Monday and Boxing Day are not statutory holidays, however some local businesses choose to remain closed on these days.

Because Easter Monday is considered a holiday at the National level, federal and other government agencies such as post offices are closed. Banks remain open on Easter Monday Canadian holidays.

The day after Christmas, the Feast of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, is better known as Boxing Day, and is one of the busiest shopping days of the year, with blow out boxing day sales everywhere.

The term Boxing Day may come from the opening of church poor boxes that day, or possibly from the earthenware boxes with which young boy apprentices collected money at the doors of their masters' clients. Other stories relate to servants being allowed to take a portion of the food left over from the Christmas celebrations in a box to their families. The International Ice Hockey Federation world junior hockey championships often start on December 26, Boxing Day and watching them on television is a popular, and to some, an important activity.
Check out our festivals page to see all events that go on and find one that happens during Canadian holidays or long weekends, that commemmorate traditions in Canada and Canadian culture..

Or, check out our monthly event calendar below to see what's happening in the Okanagan. There's likely a great festival or event taking place during a Canadian stat holidays long weekend!

Okanagan Monthly Event Calendar

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

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