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.
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...
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.
Note: Canada Day is usually July 1st. If July 1st falls
on Sunday, Monday July 2nd replaces July 1st as the statutory holiday.
British Columbia Provincial Statutory Holidays
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
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
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