What's the Meaning Behind the August Civic Holiday?

Another summer long weekend in the books--oh yeah! But why's that? While August is widely known as the only month with no significant holidays, many provinces across the country celebrate a Civic holiday during the first week. Each province or region celebrates it differently, with many businesses, schools, and post offices choosing to close for the occasion.

How does each province celebrate their civic holiday? Kentwood Ford has the answer you're looking for, so crack open a cold one and find out why you're kicking it with the boys this August long weekend.

Alberta - Heritage Day

Here in Alberta, we're marking Monday off with Heritage Day. This holiday holds even more significance with the Edmonton Heritage Festival occurring on the same weekend, where everyone gathers at Hawrelak Park to celebrate Canada's multiculturalism. Almost every country is represented at the festival, canvassing the entire park grounds with entertainment, culture, and--most importantly--food!

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Multiple Provinces - Province Day

For provinces like British Columbia, New Brunswick, and Saskatchewan, the holiday is eponymously named to mark the day for exploring beautiful sceneries and natural landscapes of the regions, in addition to local communities organizing events and celebrations. In British Columbia, some celebrate the long weekend by going hiking, camping, or canoeing. Meanwhile in New Brunswick, cities and towns take the time to strengthen and celebrate the relationship between their local communities with family activities, meals, and even cooking competitions featuring salmon and fiddleheads.

Manitoba - Terry Fox Day

A Canadian icon hailing from the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba takes the time to reflect on the accomplishments and legacy of athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist, Terry Fox. Beginning in 2015, the day was officially marked to honour Terry Fox's iconic half-country run back in 1980, inspiring countrywide while raising millions of dollars for cancer research.

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Newfoundland - Regatta Day

While not exactly on the Monday of the civic holiday, thousands of Newfoundlanders gather to watch the Royal St. John's Regatta, a rowing race by Quidi Vidi Lake, which is the oldest organized sporting event in North America. The Regatta rowing race has been part of the Newfoundland history for over 200 years, with the first organized race dating back to 1816.

Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island - Natal Day

For both Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island (PEI), they hold a province-wide "birthday" party for their respective provinces where huge birthday cakes are made and given amongst each other. Most notably, the largest Natal Day festivals are held in Halifax and Dartmouth, with parades, communal breakfasts, live entertainment, and even bigger birthday cakes.

Cold one with the boys

These are just a few of the holidays being celebrated across the country this upcoming civic holiday. From all of us at Kentwood Ford, have a great long weekend!

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