Holiday Dates in Ontario

Ontario special occasion dates and holiday Monday dates offer vacation and day trip opportunities to explore resort and cottage country.  Recreation and leisure sports activities, historical events, festivals and often signal the start of the vacation in resort destinations.  Special event dates are featured for Ontario around the related holiday festivals, public holiday news for occasions north of Toronto.

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December



January 2017

1: New Years Day |  New Year’s Eve Getaways |  Holiday Getaway
11: Canada’s First Prime Minister John A. MacDonald Birthday in 1815. 
28: Chinese New Year | January Getaways
All month: Winter Carnivals, Ice festivals, Cabin Fever events start north in Ontario.  See Ontario Winter Carnivals

February 2017

2: Groundhog Day Wiarton Willie Festival
11-13: Ontario Family Fishing Weekend (License free weekend) |  Ice Fishing Getaways 
13: Family Day Family Day Activities & Events | Family Getaways
14Valentine’s Day Valentines Getaways
15: Canada Flag Day-National Flag Day
13-19: Ontario Heritage Week

March 2017

14-18:  March Break March Break Getaways | March Break History | March Break Events & Activities
17: St. Patrick’s Day, St. Patricks Day History
20: First Day of Spring, Spring Equinox | Spring Getaways
25: Good Friday, Easter Getaways | Easter Weekend Events & Activities
28-29: Easter Sunday & Monday

March has 31 days and many special dates including first day of spring (Equinox), St. Patrick’s Day, and the Ides of March and most important for school kids-10 days of holiday with no classes.

April 2017

1: April Fools Day April Spring Getaways
1: Doors Open Ontario runs from April to October
9: Vimy Ridge Day. Visit a Military Museum
10-16: Canadian Wildlife Week |  Nature AdventuresHiking Getaways and Camping Getaways 

May 2017

1-30: National Museum Month – Ontario Museums
12-23: Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa-Canada’s Capital, 
18:  National Museum Day in Canada also International Museum Day.  Museum Packages & Getaways 
8:  Mother’s Day Mother’s Day Events | May Getaways | Spa Getaways | Girls Getaways 
18: Victoria Day -Weekend May 15 – 18.  May GetawaysMay 24 Weekend Events
30: Memorial Day (US), Weekend starts May 28-30 May GetawaysJune Getaways

May Historic Events
May 2, 1670 – King Charles II of England signs the charter incorporating the Hudson’s Bay trading company. See Hudson Bay Company
May 16.1853:  The first train in Ontario runs between Toronto and Aurora on the Ontario Simcoe and Huron Railroad Union Company. See Railroad History

June 2017

6: D-Day and the Battle of Normandy See Military Attractions
19: Father’s Day | Father’s Day Events | June Getaways | Fishing Getaways | Golf Getaways
21: Summer Solstice: First Day of Summer, Summer Getaways | About Summer Solstice
21: National Aboriginal Day | Celebrate the cultures and contributions to Canada of First Nations at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
26:  Samuel de Champlain Day, Act of Parliament
26:  National Canoe Day |  Go paddling with a Kayak or Canoe Getaway

July 2017

1: Canada Day | Canada Day Celebrations & Events |  July Getaways
4:  Independence Day | Party-on and celebrate Fourth of July Independence Day With our American neighbours | July Getaways
2-10:  National Fishing Week & Ontario Family Fishing Weekend | Take advantage of a license free weekend at a Cottage or CabinResort, Fishing LodgeFly-in Resort | Fishing Getaways

August 2017

1:  Civic Holiday | August Getaways | Civic Holiday Weekend Events & Activities
 Food Day Canada when Canadian celebrate the country’s good food.  Enjoy a culinary getaway.

September 2017

5: Labour Day  September Getaways | Labour Day Weekend Events
11: Grandparents Day
22: Autumn Equinox | Fall Colour Road Trips

October 2017

3: Rosh Hashanah
10: Thanksgiving Day |Thanksgiving Getaway Packages | Ontario Fall Colour Road Trips
31: Halloween | Halloween Events & Activities

November 2017

1: Daylight Savings Time Ends
11: Remembrance Day Remembrance Day Commemorations
26: Thanksgiving (US)
November Santa Claus Parades | November Getaways

December 2016

21: Winter Solstice
25: Christmas Day | First Day of Hanukkah | Christmas Getaways
26: Boxing Day
31: New Years Eve | New Year’s Eve Getaways
Santa Claus Parades | Holiday Art & Craft Shows | Festival of Lights & Tree Lighting Events

Ontario Vacation Holiday Dates 2016-2017

March Break (Mid-Winter March Vacation)
2016: Friday March 11th – Sunday March 20th, 2016
2017: Friday March 10th – Sunday March 19th, 2017

2016: Friday March 25 – Monday March 28, 2016
2017: Friday April 14 – Monday April 17, 2017

See more official Ontario holiday school break dates at Ontario Ministry of Education

Civic Holiday August Long Weekend (Monday Simcoe Day Holiday)
2016 Friday July 29th – Monday August 1st
2017 Friday August 4th – Monday August 7th

Labour Day or Labor Day Long Weekend
2016: Friday September 2nd – Monday September 5th
2017: Friday September 1st – Monday September 4th

Plan Resort Destination Vacation Getaways

Many resorts, inns, lodges, hotels, resort-hotels and accommodation facilities in resort destinations have local celebrations, special holiday and event packages corresponding to local history and cultural traditions. Check events and festivals.  Check getaway package options by season:  SpringSummerWinter and Fall.