The August Long Weekend in Canada

Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
••• Lake Louise is a great spot to spend the long weekend. Witold Skrypczak / Getty Images

The first Monday of August is a civic holiday in most Canadian provinces. It is commonly referred to as the August Long Weekend.

This civic holiday may be referred to by different names depending on location.

The following Canadian provinces and territories have a holiday on the first Monday of August: British Columbia (British Columbia Day), Alberta (Heritage Day), Manitoba (Civic Holiday), Saskatchewan (Saskatchewan Day), Ontario Simcoe Day, Nova Scotia (Natal Day), Prince Edward Island (Natal Day), New Brunswick (New Brunswick Day), and the Northwest Territories (Civic Holiday).

Quebec, Newfoundland, and Nunavut do not have an August long weekend holiday and therefore conduct business as usual.

What to Expect on the August Long Weekend

The August long weekend is the most popular weekend for summer travel. Expect crowds at resorts and hotels and busy highways.

One nice thing about August in Canada is that a lot of the pesky mosquitos and black flies that can sabotage an early July woodsy vacation have disappeared. The August long weekend is a popular time for camping.

Banks, schools, government offices and many corporations and businesses are closed. Service industries, including shopping malls, restaurants, and tourist attractions remain open. Learn more about what's open and closed on August civic holiday.

August Long Weekend Ideas

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  • Banff/Lake Louise are under a 2-hr drive from Calgary
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  • The Briars Golf & Spa Resort is a lakeside getaway a couple of hours from Toronto