Civic Holiday in 2017

In 2017 Civic Holiday is on Monday, August 7.

The Civic Holiday is celebrated on the first Monday of August and it's a public holiday in some provinces and territories. The civic holiday is not a statutory holiday although it's a day off for many employees across the country. Do you get the day off? Let us know.

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.

It is known by many names in different provinces and municipalities.


It's called Regatta Day in Newfoundland, Terry Fox Day in MB, Saskatchewan Day in SK, British Columbia Day in BC, Natal Day in Nova Scotia and PEI, Simcoe Day in Toronto, New Brunswick Day in New Brunswick, Colonel By Day in Ottawa, Heritage Day in Alberta and Joseph Brant Day in Burlington, ON. It is called Benjamin Vaughan day in the City of Vaughan, Ontario.

What is it called in your region?

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 declar 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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What will you do on the civic holiday long weekend? What did you do last year? Do you have any good tips for others?

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Posted by Admin:

Added Terry Fox day for Manitoba! Thanks for the correction.

Posted by Alexa:

I am excited about finally going to Casa Loma with my family.

Posted by sf:

Where is Manitoba on your list??? Its called Terry Fox day!

Posted by michael:

We call it Regatta Day around the Wabamun Lake area in Alberta as well. Likely due to the Seba Beach Regatta which has been on this weekend for 50 or more years now

Posted by Jack:

In response to Joan Allen report employees should appreciate their employers as well. Someone has put their neck out to run a business to give you a job, They have all the risk and stress and chances are very good they are making less that the employees.

Posted by J St Laurent :

It asked what will you be doing on the long weekend,what did you do last year? Ideas and yes...comments I'm sure there are places and or people you can complain about the pay your employees issues. Can this not be a good time page? I'm hoping to go camping with friends and finally catch a fish. Oh yeah, and good food too. Fingers crossed it works out this year. Don't forget the bug spray 😐

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