Summertime, and the livin’ is easy… Seize the short week and make the most of the August Long Weekend. But let’s first answer the question on everyone’s mind…
Step 1: When is the August Long Weekend and the Civic Holiday in 2018?
In 2018, the Civic Holiday falls on Monday, August 6th, meaning the August Long Weekend in 2018 lasts from Saturday, August 4th to Monday, August 6th.
Did you know that each province has a different name for the Civic Holiday? In BC, it’s aptly known as British Columbia Day with similar patterns for New Brunswick Day, and Saskatchewan Day. In Alberta, it is known as Heritage Day and is an optional statutory holiday.
Sorry, Manitoba, Quebec, Yukon and Nova Scotia! The Civic Holiday is not considered a statutory in your province or territory.
Step 2: Book your August Long Weekend away
With one paid holiday given, why not add on the Friday preceding the weekend or the Tuesday immediately following to make it an August Extra Long Weekend? And how to best make use of that time off? By savouring all of summer’s sunny warmth and long nights with a trip away!
An August Long Weekend around the Maritimes
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Atlantic Canada dazzles over the summer and a bountiful daily catch of lobsters has us blushing into all shades of ruby red. Think you know New Brunswick and PEI? Check out these road trip ideas from the Stompin’ Tom Centre in Skinners Pond to immersing yourself in Acadian life in Caraquet.
An August Long Weekend around Montreal and Ottawa
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With businesses closing up for the Civic Holiday, why not leave Montreal and Ottawa behind and get out to the country. From a bank-gone-hotel in the Eastern Townships to a lofty chalet hidden in the Laurentians, we have a few affordable luxury lodging tips that you won’t want to leave behind come Monday.
An August Long Weekend near TO and Southern Ontario
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Are your thighs sticking to your seat as you read this too? Then you’re coming with us to these cool corners of Southern Ontario with access to the crispest lakes, streams — or hotel waterslides. Whether it be family fun accessible by the TTC or an early-morning paddleboard, this Civic Holiday is being rolled out by the water.
An August Long Weekend near the Rockies
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Sure it is high season up in the Rockies, but who can blame the thousands of visitors coming to Alberta’s western edge this August? It’s just that gosh darn beautiful! From the glass bridge over the Athabasca Glacier to the “Twenty Dollar View” over Moraine Lake, these are the spots to snap and keep for later.
An August Long Weekend on the West Coast
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You won’t need to get too far away from Downtown Vancouver this August Long Weekend to have a memorable time on the water. Zodiacs, paddleboards and scuba tanks, oh my! See Vancouver from the water this Civic Holiday and why not see the city in a whole new light all together with a hotel staycation?