Simcoe Day

Simcoe Day Quick Facts

2021 DateAugust 2, 2021
2022 DateAugust 1, 2022
Simcoe Day

Simcoe Day History

Simcoe Day is a provincial holiday which seeks to remember the pioneers who built the province of Simcoe, Ontario. One such pioneer was Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe. He was responsible for establishing the early settlements of Upper Canada and laying the foundation for an independent government. This day aims to honor Simcoe for his contributions to the Toronto area. It also aims to bring communities together for celebration.

Simcoe Day is named after the first lieutenant-governor of Canada, John Graves Simcoe. It was established in 1968 and is observed annually on the first Monday in August. Most schools and businesses are closed on this day.

Simcoe Day Facts

  • Lieutenant governor John Graves Simcoe founded the town of York in 1793. It was the capital of Upper Canada and was used as a defensive capital. Today it is a part of the city of Toronto.
  • Upon his arrival in Upper Canada, John Graves Simcoe introduced many aspects of law including common law, court, and trial by jury.
  • John Graves Simcoe enacted legislation in 1793 that made it illegal to import slaves into Canada. Called the Act Against Slavery, it made it so that any enslaved person entering Canada would automatically be freed. Simcoe's legislation also ensured that the children of slaves would be born free.

Simcoe Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit the Fort York National Historic Site in Toronto, Ontario. It features tours, demonstrations, and re-enactments.
  • Visit some of the places named after John Graves Simcoe. These include Simcoe Street in Toronto, Lake Simcoe, Simcoe Island, and the Simcoe Fairgrounds.
  • Learn more about Simcoe Day.

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