In 1987, Canada replaced the one dollar bill with a coin—now called a “Loonie.” In 1996, the two dollar bill was replaced by a coin—now called a “Toonie.”
Each year around April 10, the birth date of Jack Miner, a pioneer in Canada’s conservation movement, Canada celebrates National Wildlife Week. Canadians are encouraged to celebrate our natural heritage and participate in conservation efforts.
Mother’s Day is the second Sunday in May and is a day to show appreciation for the “Moms” or “Mums” in your life as well as those who serve as a mother-like figure in the lives of others.
Victoria Day is the first Monday preceding May 25. It is a statutory holiday throughout Canada. Originally celebrating the birth of Queen Victoria, today it is a celebration of the birthday of the British King or Queen.
Father’s Day is the third Sunday in June and is a day to celebrate, and extend thanks to, those who are “Dads” and those who serve as father-like figures in the lives of others.
National Aboriginal Day is a day to celebrate the unique heritage, cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people in Canada. June 21 was chosen because of the cultural significance of the summer solstice and because many Aboriginal groups mark this day as a time to celebrate their heritage.
Every April 22, many Canadians join 500 million people from around the world in staging events and projects celebrating Earth Day.The global festivity is the largest, most celebrated environmental event addressing local and international issues.
National Volunteer Week
A special time is set aside in the last week of April to salute the millions of volunteers who build and strengthen communities by donating their time and energy to fellow Canadians.
National Flag Day
National Flag Day is February 16. On this day in 1965, the new Canadian maple leaf flag was raised over Parliament Hill for the first time.This date is celebrated but is not a holiday for workers.
Quebec National Day, also known as Saint Jean Baptiste Day, is celebrated on June 24. On this day, French Canadians honour their patron saint, Saint Jean-Baptiste (John the Baptist).The province observes this legal holiday, (Fête Nationale des Québécois), with solemn ceremonies followed by lively festivities and art and sporting events.