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Happy Family Day, Islander Day, Louis Riel Day…

Submitted by on February 17, 2011 – 5:51 pm2 Comments

In the U.S., the third Monday in February is a national hol­i­day. Washington’s Birthday (often cel­e­brated as Presidents’ Day) hon­ors George Washington, the first American president.

If you live in Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, or Manitoba, then you’re in luck!

In these Canadian provinces, the third Monday in February is a hol­i­day, too.

It’s Family Day in sev­eral provinces, includ­ing Ontario, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.

In Prince Edward Island, the February hol­i­day is called Islander Day.

And in Manitoba, you get a day off for Louis Riel Day, hon­or­ing the Métis (French-​​aboriginal) leader cred­ited with being the “father” of the province.

In these provinces, banks, schools, and gov­ern­ment offices are closed. Some shops are open, as are fed­eral gov­ern­ment offices.

Do you have plans for the February hol­i­day? In Ontario, many cities and towns orga­nize all sorts of win­ter activ­i­ties. If there’s a par­tic­u­larly fun event that’s hap­pen­ing in your com­mu­nity, please leave a com­ment and let us know.

This February hol­i­day is not a national hol­i­day in Canada, so if you live in British Columbia, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, or in any of the Canadian ter­ri­to­ries (the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, or Nunavut), too bad. You have to work on Monday. Sorry!

Rideau Canal (Ottawa) photo by matt.boman (flickr)