The start of August means that we have officially made it to the halfway point of summer, which also means it's time for a much-needed break! Across most of Canada the first Monday of August is recognized as public holiday, often called “August Long Weekend” or “Civic Holiday,” though it has yet to be made a statutory holiday in some provinces and territories. Despite not being an official day off, every province takes time throughout the first week of August to celebrate summer and spend a day enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

 

While each province has its own name for the mid-summer celebration, and some even have different days they celebrate on, we wanted to take the time to give you a list of the best things to do, see, and explore this long weekend!  

 

BC Day – British Columbia

The first weekend of August, for many British Columbians, is filled with BBQs, camping trips and festivals as they celebrate BC Day. Though the holiday originated to celebrate British Columbia's federation, today many use it to squeeze in some time exploring their beautiful province. If you're looking for some last minute fun that the whole family can enjoy, check out these BRMB BC blogs for ideas on where to camp, hike, and explore this BC Day long weekend!

 

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St. Mark's Summit - @adix

 

 

Heritage Day – Alberta

Heritage Day is an optional holiday in Alberta, meaning that businesses can choose whether they celebrate it and let their employees have a day off or not.  Those who are lucky enough to call this day a holiday use it to celebrate their heritage and get out and enjoy the many summer activities offered throughout the province. Camping, hiking and fishing are a few of the favourites, but there are countless ways Albertans like to celebrate Heritage Day. If you're willing to brave the crowds here are some BRMB Alberta blogs to give you a hint on the best Alberta adventures to check out this Heritage Day!

 

 

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Moraine Lake - @thisisjanmay

 

Saskatchewan Day – Saskatchewan

The first Monday in Saskatchewan marks a day to celebrate the heritage of the province. Because it is recognized as a statutory holiday throughout the province, people and their families often take full advantage of the extra day off and use it to go explore Saskatchewan's incredible paddling, fishing, hiking and camping opportunities. For those heading out to celebrate Saskatchewan through camping, check out these creative cooking suggestions to spice up your camping experience this long weekend!

 

 

Terry Fox Day – Manitoba

While many provinces use the first Monday in August to celebrate their heritage, Manitoba takes time to celebrate a national hero. Just a few years ago, Manitoba re-named their civic holiday to “Terry Fox Day” to recognize the Canadian icon. Not to get confused with Terry Fox Run Day, which happens in mid-September each year, Manitobans use the first Monday in August to pay homage to Terry Fox who was born on July 28, 1958. Though not a statutory holiday, it's a good reminder to take time to honour an important icon in Canadian History. Celebrate more Canadian heroes and find these various memorials across the country.

 

 

Civic Holiday – Ontario

Across Ontario, the first Monday of August is not recognized as a statutory holiday, but those who do get the day off certainly make the most of the long weekend. Often this weekend will see the provincial parks bustling with hikers, campers, anglers, bikers and people just looking to get out and enjoy the Canadian summer! One of the best places to spend the long weekend is in Algonquin Provincial Park, a world-renowned site for backcountry explorations of all kinds. Here are some great options for hiking, paddling and mountain biking around the breathtaking park as well as some places around the rest of the provinces to camp without a reservation.

 

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Hemlock Bluff Trail - @tiffanykuoo

 

 

New Brunswick Day – New Brunswick

The first Monday in August is a well established statutory holiday in the province of New Brunswick. Not only do people use this day off as a chance to celebrate the maritime marvel they call home, but they also use it to strengthen their sense of community. New Brunswick Day has been around since 1976 and in 1991 the province decided to use the day to hand out merit awards to residents, businesses and organizations that help improve their city or town. As well, many cities and towns use this day to throw a birthday party for the province including live entertainment and music, family activities and large BBQs. Check out these provincial treasures, well known to the communities of New Brunswick, and help celebrate their special day.

 

 

 

Natal Day – Nova Scotia & PEI

The first Monday in August, or Natal Day as those from Nova Scotia and PEI know it as, is used as a day to celebrate and throw huge birthday parties for the province. While many cultural events last for an entire week, a large Natal Day festival is held in Halifax and Dartmouth including a cake, parades, live entertainment, festivals, family activities, fireworks and more. Though it is not recognized as a statutory holiday, people across the province make time to celebrate the special day. Get away from the crowds and see the beauty of Nova Scotia on a Scenic Drive. Check out our top pick list:

 

 

Whether you are lucky enough to have the day off or not, take some time this weekend to celebrate your province and the natural wonders it offers! As many Canadians know, summer does not last long, so you might as well make the most of all the camping, hiking, fishing, paddling and exploring opportunities!

 

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Cabot Trail - @natashaleah55

 

 

 

 

 



 

Bring on August Long!

 

Where are you celebrating this long weekend? Tell us where you will be enjoying your adventure this August long weekend in the comments below and be sure to share your pictures with us on Instagram with #brmblife for a chance to win great prizes!