Heritage Day

Heritage Day Quick Facts

2021 DateAugust 2, 2021
2022 DateAugust 1, 2022
Heritage Day

Heritage Day History

Heritage Day is a provincial holiday that seeks to celebrate Canada’s history, architecture, and people. This day aims to promote multiculturalism and recognize the diversity of Canada’s people. It encourages learning about the history and culture of Canada through events and tours.

Heritage Day was created in 1973 by the Heritage Canada Foundation. It is celebrated annually on the first Monday of August. Some businesses may be closed on this day.

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Heritage Day Facts

  • Heritage Day was officially declared in Alberta in 1974 by the Minister of Culture Dr. Horst A. Schmid. Schmid designated it an annual holiday to be celebrated on the first Monday in August. The aim was to recognize and celebrate the cultural heritage of all Albertans.
  • Heritagefest, also known as the Edmonton Heritage Festival, is a three-day festival that celebrates and honours cultural groups from all around the world. Held since 1976, the festival aims to recognize the many different cultures of Canada. It celebrates the multiculturalism and diversity of the world. In 2017, almost 500,000 people attended and more than 80 different cultures were represented.
  • There are more than 970 national historic sites throughout Canada. Only 171 of them are managed and administered by Parks Canada.

Heritage Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit the Edmonton Heritage Festival at Hawrelak Park in Edmonton's River Valley. This festival is a three day celebration of multiculturalism that is fun for everyone.
  • Visit one of Canada's many historic sites.
  • Watch the 2020 Edmonton Heritage Festival if you missed it.

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