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Canada: So much more than a cold country

Updated on September 14, 2015

A lot of people think Canada is just “that cold country north of the USA”, but the truth is Canada is a country with a rich and fun culture reflected in its National and local holidays. Follow us as we tell you all about holidays that’ll make you feel the true warmth of Canadians!

Canada Day

What better way to start this list than by telling you about to the day where Canada was born officially as a single country? On this day, fireworks shows, armed forces displays and parades are held in many cities. Canada Day is so important that people all around the country usually organize street hockey matches to celebrate it. So, don’t forget your hockey stick!

This national holiday is celebrated on July 1st. Here’s a tip: Next year, Canada Day will be on a Friday, so be ready for a long and fun weekend!

Remembrance Day

A day of remembrance for all the people who gave their lives for the country in military service. The major ceremony is held in the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Even though Remembrance Day is celebrated all around the world, there’s a really interesting tradition in Canada: In 2000, a tomb with the rests of a nameless Canadian soldier was chosen from the many graves of the fallen in World War I, to be incorporated into the National War Memorial. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier –as it has been known ever since- is a monument built to remember the thousands of unknown Canadian soldiers that have died for the country. On this day, people can go to the National War Memorial and place red poppies on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In the end, it all adds up to a beautiful and respectful tradition.

St. Patrick’s Day

This celebration –which has become rather famous in the last couple of decades all over the world - remembers St. Patrick, a missionary who returned to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity. It is celebrated on March 17th every year. On St. Patrick’s Day, people can watch parades, eat the famous Irish stew, and other traditional dishes in food carts. But the most well-known part of St. Patrick’s Day is the beer. People drink traditional dark beer on pubs and parties, and even on the streets! So put on your bright green hat and you four-leaf clover, and come have a great time!

Family Day

It originally started in 1990 in Alberta, to celebrate the importance of family and home. It’s celebrated on the second Monday of February, and families usually go to the movies, camping and skating on ice. As of 2015, Family Day is not a national holiday, and is only celebrated in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan.

Boxing day

Even though the origins of this holiday are not clear, it’s easily one of the most famous holidays in Canada. It’s celebrated on December 26th, and is all about two things: sales and some action packed ice hockey. People usually go to big stores to take part in post-Christmas sales, taking advantage of the sellers wanting to get rid of the Christmas merchandise that could not be sold. And later, it’s hockey time. Nothing beats saving a few bucks and watching a good ice hockey game at home or at a restaurant with family and friends.

If you want to go to a place where people like to share experiences, have a good time, celebrate and be proud of their traditions, you just need to go to Canada. After all, who wouldn’t want to go to such a merry place? We invite you to keep reading if you want to know everything about the best destinations of the world.


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      NomadsCanada 2 years ago

      Family day is celebrated in British Columbia as well. :)

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      Austine Misula AllPeaksAuthors 2 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Very true, Canada should be visited at least once in a life-time.

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      Anna 2 years ago from Around the World

      Canada is a fantastic country to visit no matter the time of year. It's beautiful and has a wonderful and rich culture.