Canada Day 2016

In 2016 Canada Day is Friday, July 1.

Canada day in 2016 is on a Friday so won't have to take a day off to make Canada day a long weekend! (Unlike last year when it was on a Wednesday).

Canada Day celebrates the birthday of Canada. On July 1, 1867 Canada became a new federation with its own constitution by signing the Constitution Act - formerly known as the British North America Act.

Canada Day is a national statutory holiday celebrated in all provinces and territories and it is a day off for most businesses. There is, of course, a lot more to Canada Day but the purpose of this page is only to give you a date and a brief history.

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Anonymous:

Reading the remark about Quebec city puts it all together they don't celebrate CANADA day because they are special and should be recognized for that reason they don't follow any thing the rest of the country does and pretty much has there own rules governed by the government, We should have a holiday just to celebrate them leaving our country

Posted by Not Canadian:

I lived in Toronto for two years. The anti-Americanism there was amazing, and based on envy.

Posted by Nina:

I'm from Ottawa, where Canada Day is obviously a big deal, at least downtown. Then one summer, I lived in Québec City. What a difference! Their big thing is June 23rd (the night before their Saint Jean Baptiste Day holiday), which I would summarize as "after drinking all afternoon, crowds draped in Québec/Patriote flags make their way to a massive concert on the Plains of Abraham, while chanting, cheering and sidestepping smashed beer bottles". Then everyone sleeps it off on the 24th. (That is so smart, btw. Why don't we do it this way for Canada Day...?) Apparently it's less intense elsewhere, but in Québec City it really feels like some kind of one-day revolution is going down. By contrast, on July 1st, NOTHING is going on. The federal government might organise a few family activities, maybe there's a swearing-in ceremony somewhere, but for the most part, it's just a day off with no meaning attached. Except for one thing: it's Québec's unofficial moving day. Most leases begin on July 1st in Québec, since most people have the day off and no plans. So on July 1st in Québec City (and presumably elsewhere in the province), all you see are quiet streets, closed businesses, and moving trucks.

Posted by Vicente Galarza:

I'm a Canadian living in Quito, Ecuador since 2001. Every year I do celebrate this year with my family and friends.

Anonymous:

....yesss....yesss indeedy, ya gots to love living on this beautiful pristine land, regardless of who ya have to lie to, cheat, steal, or kill to get it and, furthermore, maintaining possession of it is or can be an even bigger thrill. We had our own little 'Trail Of tears ' of sorts up here in Canucky land - in one way or another(thank you very much). Canada is such an honorable place to live, and it always has been, even if it has its Parleement house built on unceded land, yet coveniently sweeps that tasty little morsel of info under the rug which is made up of recent and historical pay-no-mind lists...(Or,Pay mind lists,lots and lots of mindlists, after all, they's just redskins...Oouiz?

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