HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

Holiday 2015
   
New Year's Day January 1
Family Day  February 19
Easter April 18-21
Victoria Day  May 18
Canada Day July 1
Labor Day September 7
Thanksgiving Day October 12
Remembrance Day November 11
Christmas - Christian December 25
Boxing Day December 26

 

 

FESTIVALS

 
Canada, with its mixture of people from the various cultural backgrounds across the globe, has a tremendous amount of festivals and celebrations in each city, state and regions throughout the year.  We have decided to list a few prominent ones in places closer to us:

Caribana or Toronto Caribbean Carnival, is a festival of Caribbean culture and traditions held each summer in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is a Caribbean Carnival event, that has been billed as North America's largest street festival, frequented by over 1.3 million visitors each year for the festival's final parade and an overall attendance of 2.5 million.

The entire event, which is one of the first Caribbean Carnivals along with those in New York City, Notting Hill and Boston to be held outside of the Caribbean region, brings in over one million people to the shores of Toronto annually. The event runs for two weeks, the culmination of the Caribana event is the final weekend which is punctuated by the street Parade of Bands.

Location: Toronto

Montréal International Jazz Fest (International de Jazz de Montréal), every June/July, this festival offers about 500 concerts and hosts about 3000 musicians from over 20 countries. With over 2 million visitors visit, the event has become the international jazz Rendez-Vous and a laboratory for the creation of new talent, most recently contributing to the successes of artists such as Diana Krall and Norah Jones.

Set in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles in downtown Montréal, the Festival is accessible by foot, automobile, taxi or public transit.

Location: Montréal

Festival Acadien, Caraquet, this is Canada's largest annual Acadian cultural festival, an event that lasts for two weeks in August. Set in north eastern New Brunswick the event features over 200 singers, musicians, actors and dancers from Acadia and other French regions.

A highlight of the festival is the blessing of the fleet when a flotilla of fishing boats pass through the harbor decorated with flags and ribbons streaming from their masts and rigging. The festival culminates with the popular Tintamarre Parade.

Location: New Brunswick

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day is when French Canadians express their cultural pride and rich heritage through colourful parades and lively parties on June 24 marking Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day.

These festivities combine the ancient rites of the summer solstice - a period of light and hope - with the traditional celebration in honour of the Patron Saint of French Canadians.

Location: Montréal

L'International des Feux Loto-Québec also known as the Montréal Fireworks Festival, is a major international fireworks competition. It has been held yearly in La Ronde over the Dolphins lake, since 1985, and is named after its main sponsor, Loto-Québec. The display is hailed as the best and largest fireworks festival in the world. It hosts an estimated 3 million each year, with approximately 6,000 fireworks set off during each show.

Location: Montréal


 

 

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