Civic Holiday – August 5, 2019

Mon Aug 5

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:

Quebec, Newfoundland, and the Yukon don’t observe the first Monday in August as a civic holiday

Civic Holiday - History

1869

Parks and recreation

The mayor of Toronto organizes a day of recreation for city residents in the middle of the summer.

1875

Toronto celebrates the first August civic holiday

The first Monday of August is officially formalized as a civic holiday by Toronto City Council.

1974

British Columbia joins in

British Columbia is the last Canadian province to officially observe the annual holiday.

Civic Holiday Activities

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

3 Amusing Facts About Canada

  1. You might weigh less there

    That's right! Studies have found out that the Hudson Bay region, for instance, has lower gravity than the rest of the world. Don't worry, though. It is not low enough to make you jump sky high.

  2. Do drink the water

    Tap water in Canada is actually better in quality than bottled water.

  3. You can get a free ride on holidays

    Parts of Canada have a volunteer service that offers free car rides to people who have too much to drink.

Why We Love Civic Holiday

  1. It raises awareness of your surroundings

    The idea behind Provincial Day is to make people aware of their community and their environment. By doing so, it encourages people to participate in community-led programs that work towards the betterment of the society

  2. Outdoor dining

    Provincial Day falls right in the middle of the summer, which means you can take your picnic baskets and enjoy the gorgeous Canadian outdoors.

  3. Contributions to communities are recognized

    Several provinces hold award ceremonies on this day, where residents who have made a positive impact on their community are rewarded for their diligence. We are all for community-driven initiatives.