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Canadian Holiday/Vacation Planner: The Best Dates to Travel

Posted on May 29, 2024

Canadian Holiday/Vacation Planner: The Best Dates to Travel

Ready to discover the best times to hit the road in 2024? Our Canadian holiday/vacation planner has got you covered!

Whether you want to know which public or statutory holidays you have off or when to plan your vacation around holidays and school breaks, we have the dates you need, plus some of the best things to do across Canada for each holiday.

As a bonus, we've added monthly tips for RVezy hosts, plus seasonal camping tips for all campers, so RV owners and renters will be ready for a year of adventures!

Calendar of public holidays in Canada 2024


New Year's Day

January 1, 2024

New Year's Day marks the beginning of a new year. It is a time to reflect, bid goodbye to the old, and prepare for a fresh start and the exciting possibilities of the new.

Things to do in January

Banff, Alberta

Winter in Banff, Alberta, is all about skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and ice skating. Favorite Banff hot spots include Mount Norquay for skiing and snow tubing and Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for ice skating.

Niagara Falls, Ontario

Niagara Falls hosts one of Canada's most spectacular New Year's celebrations with fireworks over the falls. The area also has various events and attractions, such as the Winter Festival of Lights, where you can bundle up and take a self-guided or guided tour to see the Niagara Parks transform into a wonderland of lights and displays.

Québec City, Québec

Québec City hosts the famous Winter Carnival, one of the world's largest and oldest winter festivals. The festival takes place between late January and mid-February, and there is something for all ages to enjoy, such as ice sculptures, parades, traditional Québecois music, and food.

January RVezy host tips

If you're a host on RVezy, it's time to update your calendars for 2025. You'll likely start getting booking requests soon, and you want to ensure potential renters know when your RV will be available.

Winter is the perfect time to cozy up with your family and friends and start planning your 2025 RV or camping trips. Since many campgrounds open reservations six months to a year in advance, picking your dates and setting reminders now will make sure you're all set for a year of camping.


Family Day

Monday, February 12, 2024 (British Columbia)

Monday, February 19, 2024 (Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick, and Saskatchewan)

Family Day is a day dedicated to spending quality time with loved ones. It is an opportunity to take a break from daily life and enjoy activities together.

Louis Riel Day (Manitoba)

Monday, February 19, 2024

This holiday honors the memory and contributions of Louis Riel, the founder of Manitoba. It serves a similar purpose to Family Day in other provinces by providing a mid-winter break and an opportunity for families to spend time together.

Islander Day (Prince Edward Island)

Monday, February 19, 2024

Islander Day is observed on the third Monday in February and provides a mid-winter break for families to spend time together and participate in various community activities and events across the island.

Heritage Day (Nova Scotia)

Monday, February 19, 2024

Heritage Day is a holiday that provides an opportunity for Nova Scotians to engage in educational and cultural activities that celebrate their province's diverse heritage.

Things to do in February

Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler is home to world-class skiing, snowboarding, and Nordic activities. If you like to be outside in the snow, take the family on a dog sledding adventure or go snow tubing or cross-country skiing. Prefer to stay indoors? Schedule an escape room or a day at the spa.

Montreal, Québec

Visit la Sucrerie de la Montagne to see maple syrup harvested the old-fashioned way, or take a Belgian horse sleigh ride with the family, followed by a stop at the general store to pick up some maple treats.

Churchill, Manitoba

Churchill is one of the best places in the world to see the northern lights, and they are best viewed during the winter. The town is known for its population of polar bears, so if you're lucky, you can see the aurora light up the night sky and see polar bears in their natural habitat.

February RVezy host tips

If you're an RVezy host and haven't updated your calendar for next year yet, don't wait any longer! Renters are already sending booking requests for 2025, and you want your RV to be at the top of their list.


Good Friday

Friday, March 29, 2024

Good Friday is a holiday on which Christians remember Jesus Christ's crucifixion. It is a day of reflection and solemnity, and Christians often celebrate by attending a church service or spending time in quiet contemplation.

Things to do in March

Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver offers a variety of activities for Good Friday, including special church services and quiet walks in the beautiful spring weather. Stanley Park and the VanDusen Botanical Garden are excellent spots for peaceful reflection and enjoying early spring blooms.

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

The city of St. John's has several Good Friday services and events. The city's coastal trails and parks, such as Signal Hill and Bowring Park, provide serene settings for long walks and enjoying nature, and the local restaurants and pubs celebrate with fresh fish and chips and holiday specials.

March RVezy host tips

March is a great time to jot down what you need for the rental season. Buying a few items each month spreads out the cost and gives you plenty of time to get ready for renters.

Items you may need to replace:

If you're planning an end-of-summer vacation or want to make fall camping reservations early, now is the time to do it.



Sunday, March 31, 2024 (Observed — Monday, April 1, 2024)

Easter is a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It's a time for family gatherings, festive meals, and various cultural traditions such as egg hunts and parades.

Things to do in April

Victoria, British Columbia

April is a great time to visit Victoria. Some of the most popular activities in Victoria include The Butchart Gardens , Victoria Butterfly Gardens, and several guided food and wine tours offered throughout the city.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax hosts a range of Easter activities, from egg hunts to special brunches at local restaurants. The mild spring weather is perfect for shopping at the local farmer's markets, exploring the city's waterfront and parks, or attending the Savour Food & Wine Festival.

April RVezy host tips

In April, review your RV’s registration, insurance, and roadside assistance plans to ensure all documentation is up to date. If you didn't get cleaning supplies for the camper last month, stock up now!


Victoria Day

Monday, May 20, 2024

Victoria Day, also known as May Two-Four, marks the unofficial start of summer in Canada. It celebrates Queen Victoria's birthday and is often associated with fireworks, parades, and outdoor activities.

Journée nationale des Patriotes (Québec)

Monday, May 20, 2024

Journée nationale des Patriotes, also known as National Patriots' Day, is a holiday in Québec that commemorates the struggle for democratic rights and freedoms by the Patriots during the Rebellions of 1837-1838. It is a day to celebrate Québec's history and heritage.

Things to do in May

Québec City, Québec

Get the most out of your time in Québec City by visiting the French-inspired architecture of Old Québec. Old Québec is a 400-year-old UNESCO World Heritage site with cobblestone streets and local charm. While you're in the city, don't miss a trip to Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. The hotel, built in 1893, sits atop a 177-foot (54-meter) hill and overlooks Old Québec.

Banff National Park, Alberta

Banff National Park is one of the most popular destinations to visit in Canada. If you want to experience the best of the park with fewer crowds, visit during one of the shoulder seasons (May to June or September to October). As the weather warms up in May, the park comes to life, and everything from hiking and wildlife viewing to scenic drives through the mountains becomes more colorful and active.

May RVezy host tips

It's time to dewinterize and spring clean! Start by following your manufacturer's suggestions for cleaning, then check out our helpful tips and tricks for cleaning your RV like a pro. Once the RV is clean inside and out, wash the linens, make the beds, and prep the camper for guests.

Reserve your sites if you still need to make your summer campground reservations. Since some campgrounds start to open when the weather warms, consider booking a last-minute RV rental for a spring camping trip. Nothing will prepare you for camping season more than a spontaneous spring adventure.


Fête nationale du Québec (Québec)

Monday, June 24, 2024

Fête nationale du Québec, also known as Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, honors the patron saint of French Canadians and is marked by various festivities, including parades, concerts, and fireworks. This day is a vibrant celebration of Québec's cultural identity and heritage.

Things to do in June

Montreal, Québec

Celebrate Fête nationale du Québec at the Fête nationale du Québec à Montréal. This annual festival celebrates the history of Québec and the province's cultural roots with parties, parades, free shows, and fun.

Regina, Saskatchewan

Mosaic—A Festival of Cultures takes place in early June and showcases Saskatchewan's diverse cultural heritage through food, music, dance, and traditional attire from various cultural pavilions.

June RVezy host tips

Stage a photo shoot to spruce up the pictures on your listing. Something as simple as setting the table or making the bed to showcase your RV can make your RV feel like a home on wheels for guests. Want to really make your listing stand out? Film a video walk-through of your motorhome or trailer and show potential renters your space from almost every angle.


Canada Day

Monday, July 1, 2024

Canada Day marks the anniversary of the confederation of Canada. The day is celebrated with various festivities across the country, including fireworks, parades, concerts, barbecues, and other patriotic events, reflecting national pride and Canadian culture.

Things to do in July

Ottawa, Ontario

Celebrating Canada Day in Ottawa is a patriotic experience you won't want to miss. Ottawa, Canada's national capital, hosts celebrations and activities. The city has something for everyone to see and enjoy, such as the celebrations on Parliament Hill and the live performances at the National Arts Centre.

Calgary, Alberta

The Calgary Stampede, known as The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, is a ten-day extravaganza of rodeo events, midway rides, and cultural exhibits that offer something exciting for everyone. Visitors can immerse themselves in the authentic cowboy experience, enjoy world-class entertainment, and sample food from the different vendors.

Did you know you can rent an RV and have it delivered and set up for you at a campground near the Calgary Stampede?

July RVezy host tips

July is peak camping season, so make sure your RV is stocked with all the essentials. Organize your storage compartments and ensure you have plenty of supplies on hand. Think coffee, sugar, paper plates, paper towels, and cleaning supplies. If you want to go the extra mile for your guests, consider adding insect repellent, sunscreen, and citronella candles to your supply.


Civic Holiday

Monday, August 5, 2024

The Civic Holiday is celebrated in many parts of Canada as a day off to enjoy summer activities and spend time with family and friends. It’s a great time to explore local festivals, parks, and outdoor events.

Things to do in August

Cavendish, Prince Edward Island

Summer is one of the best times to explore Prince Edward Island National Park, where you can hike, watch for birds, and walk along the beach. The park is also home to Green Gables Heritage Place, the setting that inspired L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables.

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Visit North America's longest-running farmers market, the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market, and support one or more of the 100+ local vendors selling their goods weekly. Want to step back in history while you're visiting? Stop by Peggy's Cove to explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg (a British Colonial Era settlement) and take a picture of the world's most photographed lighthouse.

August RVezy host tips

August is a good time to give your RV a mid-season check-up. Inspect the roof and seals for any signs of water damage or leaks. Check your tires for wear and inspect and lubricate hitch components, entry steps, hinges, and other movable components inside and outside of your RV. If your RV rentals are slowing down, consider offering a shoulder-season discount to your guests.


Labour Day

Monday, September 2, 2024

Labour Day marks the unofficial end of summer and is a time to celebrate the contributions of workers. It’s a long weekend often spent enjoying outdoor activities and family gatherings.

Things to do in September

Muskoka, Ontario

Muskoka is known for its fall festivals and fairs, so it's the perfect place to say goodbye to summer and hello to crisp, cool temperatures. Start September by attending the Severn Bridge Fall Fair. Other local favorites are the Bracebridge Fall Fair and Horse Show, followed by the Huntsville Fall Fair.

Jasper National Park, Alberta

Visit Jasper National Park during the shoulder season to explore one of Canada's most-loved national parks. Jasper National Park is known for its natural beauty and a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, wildlife viewing, and stargazing. Once you've spent the day on your feet, head to Miette to soak in Canada's hottest hot springs.

September RVezy host tips

Plan a final summer trip to enjoy the last of the warm weather, and start thinking about winterizing your RV if you live in a colder climate. If you have items that need fixing on your RV, schedule an appointment to have your RV repaired before putting it in storage for the winter.



Monday, October 14, 2024

Canadian Thanksgiving celebrates the harvest and other blessings of the past year. It is a time for Canadians to give thanks for the bounty of the harvest and to enjoy a festive meal with family and friends.

Things to do in October

The Kawarthas, Ontario

The Kawartha Lakes area is the place to go if you're looking for fall foliage. Visit Emily Provincial Park or Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site. Other must-see pit stop destinations include the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough and Bobcaygeon’s Kawartha Dairy.

Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Cape Breton Island's colorful fall scenery and cultural events like the Celtic Colours International Festival are a must-visit if you're going to be in Nova Scotia. Cape Breton is also known for other autumn activities like hiking, scenic drives, and its culinary scene.

October RVezy host tips

October is the time to start winterizing your RV. Drain the water system and add antifreeze to prevent freezing. Clean and store outdoor gear, and inspect your RV’s roof and seals for any needed repairs. Taking these steps now will protect your RV from winter damage and ensure it's ready for the next camping season.

Feeling discouraged that camping season is almost over? Plan a trip to the southern part of the United States and spend a week or two in popular winter destinations like Florida, Alabama, Texas, or Arizona.


Remembrance Day

Monday, November 11, 2024

Remembrance Day is a solemn occasion to honor and remember those who have served in the armed forces. It’s marked by ceremonies, a moment of silence, and laying of wreaths.

Things to do in November

Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa hosts the National Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial. The city also offers various museums and historical sites to visit, such as the Canadian War Museum.

Victoria, British Columbia

Attend the Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia Cenotaph. The Cenotaph is a bronze and granite memorial that commemorates the Canadians who lost their lives in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Afghanistan Mission.

November RVezy host tips

November is a good month to finalize your RV's winter storage preparations. Ensure your RV is thoroughly cleaned, both inside and out. Remove any perishable items, and make a list of items you need to replace come spring. If you're planning any winter camping trips, check that your propane tanks are full and that your RV is ready to travel in cold weather.



Wednesday, December 25, 2024

Christmas is the day Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It’s a time for family gatherings, festive decorations, and gift-giving.

Boxing Day

Thursday, December 26, 2024

Traditionally, Boxing Day was when employers gave their employees gifts, but today, it is known for post-Christmas sales, shopping, and various sports events.

Things to do in December

Ottawa, Ontario

Get in the holiday spirit by wandering through Ottawa's European-style Christmas Market at Lansdowne. Here, you can savor gourmet treats, shop for unique gifts, and enjoy festive entertainment. If you prefer to give handmade gifts or even more unique items, you won't want to miss the Originals Ottawa Christmas Craft Sale, the holiday market where local artisans sell their handcrafted treasures.

Toronto, Ontario

Visit Toronto for a magical holiday experience. The Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District enchants visitors with its European-style market stalls, twinkling lights, and seasonal treats. The Santa Claus Parade, one of the largest and oldest in the world, brings the city together with floats, marching bands, and a visit from Santa himself. Meanwhile, the National Ballet of Canada’s production of The Nutcracker at the Four Seasons Centre captivates audiences with timeless music and dance.

December RVezy host tips

Think about what you liked about the last rental season and what you'd like to change for the next. Did guests ask for an item you don't have? Consider beefing up your add-ons to include some of the most popular guest requests.

Did you have to answer the same question from guests more than once? Think about adding an FAQ guide to keep in your RV. Adding a manual or even step-by-step instructions can help your guests solve some of the basic problems themselves.

Start planning your Canadian holiday adventures

Now that you have the ultimate Canadian holiday/vacation planner for 2024, it’s time to start planning your adventures!

Don’t wait — book your trips early to secure the best spots and experiences. Check out RVezy listings to find the perfect RV for your journey, and make 2024 a year full of memorable adventures!

Meagan Butler
Meagan Butler

Meagan is a glitter-loving, trailer-towing RV content writer. When she's not camping in her Winnebago Solis, she spoils her dogs, takes landscape photography, and supports the RV community.

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