Survival Guide

Public Holidays in Canada:


New Year’s Day – First day of the calender year.

Good Friday – varies from year to year, relative to when Easte, a Christian holiday, occurs.

Victoria Day – The Sovereign’s birthday has been celebrated in Canada since the reign of Queen Victoria (1837 -1901). It is celebrated each year on the Monday preceding 25 May.

Canada Day: Marks the celebration of the anniversary of the formation of the union of the British North America provinces in a federation under the name of Canada on 1 July 1867.

Labour Day – First Monday of September.

Thanksgiving Day – Second Monday of October for general thanks-giving for th blessings with which people of Canada have been favoured.

Remembrance Day – Formarly known as Armistice Day, it is observed on 11 November, the date when the Allied powers signed a cease-fire agreement with Germany in 1918, bringing World War I to a close. Every 11th of November, we commemorate all fallen soldiers from all wars.

Christmas – 25 December, a Christian holiday.

Boxing Day – the day after Christmas, better know as Boxing Day, is the feast of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr. The term may come from the opening of church poor boxes that day or from the earthen ware boxes with which boy apprentices collected money at the doors of their master’s clients.

Dressing for Winter:

  • Check the weather forcasts before you go out.
  • Bundle up according to the weather. If you are going to be outside in the cold for a lengthy time, wear items such as windproof and water-resistant jackets and snowpants.
  • Dress layers. Wear sweater over shirt or blouses. Thermal underwear under tops and pants. Stockings, tights, socks with skirts/pants. Hat, mittens, gloves, and boots.
  • Protect your skin from dryness caused by cold weather. Use moisturizer, creams and lip balms.

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