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Civic Holiday in 2014

In 2014 Civic Holiday is on Monday, August 4.

The Civic Holiday is celebrated on the first Monday of August. It is known by many names in different provinces. It's called Regatta Day in Newfoundland, Saskatchewan Day in SK, British Columbia Day in BC, Natal Day in Nova Scotia and PEI, Simcoe Day in Toronto, Colonel By Day in Ottawa, Heritage Day in Alberta and Joseph Brant Day in Burlington, ON.

The Civic Holiday is commonly referred to as the August Long Weekend. It is probably the busiest day on highways as tens of thousands of families go camping, to cottages etc this weekend. If you can, take Friday off and leave for your holiday on Friday morning or Thursday night and come back Sunday morning or early afternoon to avoid mile-long traffic jams on Monday.

Correction sent in by a visitor: Civic Holiday is not called "Simcoe Day" everywhere in Ontario, only in Toronto. Each municipality that opts to declare the holiday can give it a unique name. It's called the "civic" holiday because it's the holiday that cities have authority to declare.

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Posted by Andrew:

Just make this day a stat holiday. It's confusing as most people think they get the day off, time and a half pay, etc. Since many businesses close for the day, you have half the people treating it like a stat and the other half left wondering why it is treated like nothing.

Posted by Girl stuck working :

Can't believe some retail stores like Canada Computers don't get this day off. Its unfair to the employees. I never get to go camping :-(

Posted by Timon:

Jo, Quebec gets St Jean Baptiste day in June. No one else gets this day in Canada. It all evens out.

Posted by Jo:

So Civic holiday is not observed in Quebec. What do we get to make up for this? Seems like parts of the country get less time off than others. A bit unfair, isn't it?


This is the day when my cousins celebrate with the annual beef roast. Family and friends from Canada and the U.S. Try to get back to our camps and gather at home to enjoy ourselves and renew the family bonds between us. I have been unable to attend in recent years amd I miss them. But Civic Holiday has always had a special day in the heart of this Canadian who by chance happened to be born south of the border. Have fun everyone!

Posted by Sunil:

We are going camping! Hopefully there isn't a lot of traffic...

Posted by Nikki:

It's actually the first WEDNESDAY in August that is Regatta Day in Newfoundland :)


Seems like this comments area on the bottom of the page is should add it to other pages as well. I have a good story for another holiday but not for this one:(

Posted by Monica and Kim:

My husband and I will take Friday and Tuesday off and drive up to a rental cottage with our daughter and two dogs. That's our long-weekend strategy, to take one day off before and after the holidays to avoid traffic;) Also, it's the perfect cottage time - no mosquitoes or deer flies. If you live in the GTA we highly recommend you drive north past Algonquin Park; anything below the park is too busy, north of Algonquin you will enjoy more peace and more nature!