August Long Weekend: Does Canada have more holidays than the US?


It seems that my Canadian friends enjoy more holidays than we do south of the 49th Parallel. Especially those living in Quebec!

I have a calendar that includes both US/Canada holidays. Let's see what they've got listed for O Canada in 2010:
January 1 - New Year's Day
February 15 - Family Day (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario)
April 2 - Good Friday
April 4 - Easter Sunday
April 5 - Easter Monday
May 24 - Victoria Day
June 24 - St. Jean Baptiste Day (Quebec)
July 1 - Canada Day
August 2 - Civic Holiday
September 6 - Labour Day
October 11 - Thanksgiving Day
November 11 - Remembrance Day
December 25 - Christmas Day
December 26 - Boxing Day

The upcoming Long August Weekend is a civic holiday in all the provinces except Quebec, Newfoundland and Nunavut. It's sort of a dress-rehearsal for Labour Day Weekend, which we also celebrate in the US on the first Monday in September, but we spell it Labor Day Weekend.

At any rate, I'm heading up to Victoria for two days of the Long August Weekend. After spending Friday-Saturday at Jazz Port Townsend, I'll drive to Port Angeles and walk onto the Sunday morning sailing of the Black Ball's M.V. Coho to Victoria's Inner Harbour. No car needed.

Later that evening, I'll be taking in the Victoria Symphony Splash, with a live performance by the Victoria Symphony. The concert concludes with a performance of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, complete with bells, cannons and a fireworks show.

Why not celebrate both US and Canadian holidays, eh?

A flag flies high in Pigeon Lake, Alberta
Photo by Sue Frause

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