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
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
2: Groundhog Day Wiarton Willie Festival
Week up to Family Day: Ontario Family Fishing Weekend (License free weekend) | Ice Fishing Getaways
Third Monday of February: Family Day Family Day Activities & Events | Family Getaways
14: Valentine’s Day Valentines Getaways
15: Canada Flag Day – National Flag Day
Various Dates (second or third week of March): 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
March or April: Good Friday, Easter Getaways | Easter Weekend Events & Activities
March or April: Easter Sunday & Monday
1: April Fools Day April Spring Getaways
1: Doors Open Ontario runs from April to October
9: Vimy Ridge Day. Visit a Military Museum
Second week of April: Canadian Wildlife Week | Nature Adventures, Hiking Getaways and Camping Getaways
1-30: National Museum Month – Ontario Museums
Mid-May: Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa-Canada’s Capital,
18: National Museum Day in Canada also International Museum Day. Museum Packages & Getaways
Varying Dates: Mother’s Day Mother’s Day Events | May Getaways | Spa Getaways | Girls Getaways
Third Monday of May: Victoria Day – Long Weekend May Getaways, Victoria Day Weekend Events
30: Memorial Day (US), Weekend starts May 28-30 May Getaways, June Getaways
May Historic Events
May 2, 1670 – King Charles II of England signs the charter incorporating the Hudson’s Bay trading company.
May 16.1853: The first train in Ontario runs between Toronto and Aurora on the Ontario Simcoe and Huron Railroad Union Company.
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
21: National Day of Indigenous Culture
26: Samuel de Champlain Day, Act of Parliament
26: National Canoe Day | Go paddling with a Kayak or Canoe Getaway
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
Second week of July: National Fishing Week & Ontario Family Fishing Weekend | Take advantage of a license free weekend at a Cottage or Cabin, Resort, Fishing Lodge, Fly-in Resort | Fishing Getaways
1: Civic Holiday | August Getaways | Civic Holiday Weekend Events & Activities
1: Food Day Canada when Canadian celebrate the country’s good food. Enjoy a culinary getaway.
First Monday of September: Labour Day September Getaways | Labour Day Weekend Events
11: Grandparents Day
22: Autumn Equinox | Fall Colour Road Trips
Second Monday of October: Thanksgiving Day |Thanksgiving Getaway Packages | Ontario Fall Colour Road Trips
31: Halloween | Halloween Events & Activities
First weekend of November: Daylight Savings Time Ends
11: Remembrance Day Remembrance Day Commemorations
November Santa Claus Parades | November Getaways
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
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: Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall.