Canada Holidays, Events, Climate and Sightseeing

Canada: Holidays, Events, Climate

Public holidays

The following days are official holidays in Canada, on which banks, schools and state museums are closed.

Date Holiday
January 1 New Year
March April Easter (Good Friday, Easter Monday)
Monday before May 25 Victoria Day (Victory Day)
July 1 Canada Day (national holiday)
First Monday in September Labor Day
Second Monday in September Thanksgiving Day (Thanksgiving Day)
November 11 Remembrance Day (Memorial Day)
25./26. December Christmas Day, Boxing Day (Christmas Holidays)

Source: Countryaah – Canada Holidays

Cultural events

Blue Metropolis-Metropolis Bleu

Bilingual Literature Festival in Montréal; annually since 1999 with readings, interviews and book publications

Vancouver International Film Festival

Films from over 50 countries in various locations in the city of Vancouver

Out On Screen

Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Vancouver; annually from 10th to 20th August; shows gay and lesbian film art with documentaries, feature films, etc.

Festival Vancouver

Music Festival in Vancouver; 17-day event once a year in summer; considered one of the largest summer musical festivals in North America; Concerts with classical music, jazz, sacred music, etc., opera performances

Vancouver Early Music Festival

Music festival in Vancouver with music from the Middle Ages to the Baroque; Courses, workshops and concerts; annually from late July to mid-August

du Maurier International Jazz Festival

Vancouver International Jazz Festival; two weeks in June; with more than 1000 jazz and blues musicians; ends with a big open air concert at the Roundhouse Community Center and David Lam Park

Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival

Weekly wine festival in Vancouver with international wine offers

Parade of Lost Souls

Halloween Parade in Vancouver; every year on the Saturday evening before Halloween with torchlight procession, lanterns, costumes and fireworks

Annual tulip parade in Ottawa; commemorates the birth of the Dutch Princess Margriet during the exile of the royal family in Ottawa during World War II; Part is a large boat parade on the Rideau Canal

Sporting events

Sport has always been very important in Canada. Canada’s national sport in winter is ice hockey, in summer lacrosse. The 21st Olympic Winter Games 2010 will take place in Canada, namely in Vancouver. Canada has hosted the Olympic Games twice:

  • 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal
  • 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics

Other sporting events:

  • Canadian International Dragon Boat FestivalVancouver International Dragon Boat Festival, held every June since 1986; is also considered a big multicultural festival
  • CanadianFormula 1 Grand Prix once a year in Montréal; 70 laps are driven, which corresponds to 305.270 km
  • Molson Indy Vancouverauto racing in downtown Vancouver; Labor Day weekend every year
  • Vancouver Marathonevery May; with more than 10,000 participants
  • Calgary StampedeWorld’s Largest Rodeo Show; annually in Calgary for the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede; Riding on semi-wild horses and bulls

Behavioral tips

The Canadians shake hands in greeting. In the French territories, as in France, it is common to kiss acquaintances on the cheek. Smoking is prohibited in most public buildings. Smoking is only permitted in specially marked non-smoking areas. A tip of 10-15% is generally paid in restaurants and a Canadian dollar tip at bars. The hotel room service expects a tip of 1-2 Canadian dollars per day. Taxi drivers also receive tips: 15% of the fare.

Canada: Tourist Offices

Canadian Tourism Commission

1400-1055 Dunsmuir Street

PO Box 49230

Vancouver, BC

V7X 1L2



Canadian Tourism Commission in Germany

c/o Lange Touristik-Dienst

Eichenheege 1-5

63477 Maintal

Tel: 0049 – (0) 1805 – 52 62 32


Tourist office Nova Scotia

c/o TravelMarketing Romberg TMR GmbH

Schwarzbachstrasse 32

40822 Mettmann/Düsseldorf

Tel: 0049 – (0) 2104 – 79 74 54

Destination Quebec

c/o Lange Touristik-Dienst

PO Box 20 02 47

63477 Maintal

Tel: 0049 – (0) 1805 – 52 62 32


Travel times

The idea of what is meant by a particularly favorable travel climate depends on various factors. Pure cultural travelers certainly see the climate differently than people planning a beach holiday. Health status and age can also play a role in how we experience the climate. People who like to enjoy the sun and prefer higher temperatures should visit the country in summer, especially in June – August. People who do not have any problems with a moderate climate or lower temperatures should stay in Canada in spring, especially April – May, and autumn, especially September – October.

Fans of winter sports in all its facets can enjoy this intensely from December to around mid-March. But it must be pointed out again that the climatic conditions in the far north differ considerably from those in the south. The current weather data – for example in a number of cities in Kandas – can be found under the representations there.

Climate table

The following table shows climate data for Canada. It should be noted that the climatic conditions in different regions of the country can differ significantly from each other and therefore not insignificantly from the values shown.

In addition, the monthly temperature averages have little informative value with regard to the current temperatures. So it is possible that at mean temperatures of around 20 °C maximum values of 30 °C or at mean minimum temperatures of -16 ° can occur every now and then -40 °. The table therefore only provides a general overview and rough orientation about the climatic conditions in Canada and not about the weather.

Month Average number of rainy days Mean maximum temperatures in (°C) Mean minimum temperatures in (°C)
January 12-14 -07 -16
February 11-13 -05 -14
March 10-12 01 -08
April 10-12 11 01
May 09-10 18 07
June 07-09 24 12
July 09-10 27 14
August 08-09 25 13
September 08-09 20 09
October 10-12 14 04
November 12-14 05 -02
December 14-16 -04 -11

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