What’s In A Holiday Name?

Some parts of the country observe the day, others don't

Whatever you call it, today is a Civic Holiday.

A range of names and observances for today.

Simcoe Day (Toronto)

  • Named after John Graves Simcoe, who founded the town of York, Upper Canada, which became Toronto
  • City Council designated the first Monday in August as Simcoe Day in 1968

Other names (Ontario)

  • Colonel By Day (Ottawa)
  • George Hamilton Day (Hamilton)
  • Joseph Brant Day (Burlington)
  • Founders’ Day (Brantford)
  • McLaughlin Day (Oshawa)
  • Alexander Mackenzie Day (Sarnia)
  • James Cockburn Day (Cobourg)
  • Peter Robinson Day (Peterborough)
  • John Galt Day (Guelph)

Heritage Day (Alberta)

  • In 1974 Government of Alberta declared the first Monday in August an annual holiday to recognize and celebrate the varied cultural heritage of Albertans, known as “Heritage Day”
  • Heritage Day has been an “optional” civic holiday, having been downgraded from a statutory holiday following the introduction of Family Day in 1990.

British Columbia

  • NDP Surrey MLA Ernie Hall introduced legislation in the provincial legislature to establish the day as a provincial statutory holiday in 1974

Natal Day (Nova Scotia)

The first Natal Day celebrations were organized in 1895. The term “natal” is derived from the Latin word for birth and, hence, Natal Day is the official “birthday” of the province.

Prince Edward Island

Today isn’t an official holiday, although some businesses may close for the day

Newfoundland & Labrador, Quebec, Yukon

The first Monday in August is not generally observed as a holiday in Quebec, parts of Newfoundland and Labrador, or Yukon