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Things to do on Labour Day

Enjoy the end of summer and stay close to home


Things to do on Labour Day

Canadians began celebrating Labour Day during the 1880s with a parade to support a union strike. Today, the holiday that takes place every first Monday in September, is viewed by many people as the end of summer rather than a celebration of the country’s workers. Families see it as their last hoorah before the kids go back to school and take advantage of the long weekend by attending fun, exciting Labour Day events, travelling, and soaking up the last warm days of freedom for the year.




Throw a Party

Celebrate the end of summer in style with your own Labour Day party at home. Pick a theme like a Mexican fiesta, a tea party, pool party, or an outdoor movie night, and start decorating. Make sure you have plenty of space for your guests to sit and especially plenty of food and drinks. If you are not sure what to make, stick to summer favourites like seafood or classic barbecue foods with fresh fruits and icy cold drinks. Finally, make sure you keep your guests entertained, whether it is with swimming, sports, games, or movies.


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If you are already mourning summer vacation, consider taking one last long weekend trip before the kids go back to school. Depending on where you live, there are dozens of places in Canada that make excellent three- or four-day holidays. See the historic sites in Old Montreal, go kayaking at Sonora Island, visit the urban beach in Vancouver, or ride a tundra buggy in Manitoba.




Spend a Day on the Water or Beach

Labour Day usually means the end of warm weather, basking in the sun, swimming, and other water activities, so why not use the time to have one last trip to the beach or lake? Enjoy a weekend of boating, swimming, sunbathing, building sandcastles, playing water sports, and fishing at some of Canada’s favourite summer beaches. They include Wasaga Beach in Ontario, Manitou Beach in Saskatchewan, Long Beach in British Columbia, and Devonshire Beach in Alberta.




Parades, Festivals, and Fireworks

If you cannot come up with a good idea on your own, go to one of the many public events that take place throughout Canada, both in big cities and small towns. For example, Canada’s Wonderland amusement park offers an exciting fireworks show every year on the night before Labour Day. Guests can spend a fun-filled day riding the rides and then watch the colorful celebratory explosions that light up the sky later that evening. The Canadian National Exhibition takes place every year in August and September during the days leading up to Labour Day. It is held in Toronto, and it features the Canadian Air Show, concerts, and much more.




Camping / Cottage

Labour Day weekend is a great time to get away from the city and enjoy some quiet time. Canada has over 42 national parks and numerous provincial parks to go camping at.  Labour Day is a busy time for campers so you should book early or get their early – you’ll also avoid the dreaded “camping-bound traffic”.

Look for cottages, cabins, and camp grounds in our vacation rentals section


Categories:Community, Holidays

What to do with unwanted or unneeded Christmas gifts?

Everyone has received some gifts they have no use for. Whether it is a well-meaning gift that is not age appropriate, a duplicate of what you already own, something you have no space for, or just flat out don’t like, there are plenty of reasons to return, re-gift or sell a gift. What is the best way to go about selling an undesired gift?

Regift, resell, or return

Post your ad right after Christmas. Post-holiday, Kijiji has lower inventory than normal, so if you take advantage of this, your ad will stay near the top for longer than usual. You’ll also be able to gain visibility with boxing week shoppers looking for deals on Kijiji.

The hottest searched items in late December and January:
Exercise equipment. Treadmills, ellipticals and bowflexes have historically had the very high increases in searches from December to January.
Furniture. Ikea items, sectionals, chairs, and bunk beds are popular searches in January. Possibly all that entertaining leads people to realize they need more seating for growing families?
Baby items. Historically we have seen increases in searches of about 35% for baby items from December to January, with strollers, car seats, play pens, and cribs being the hottest items.

Categories that see a boost in traffic during the post-holiday season:
iPods, mp3, headphones
jewellery and watches
phones, especially cell phones
sporting goods, especially exercise equipment, skis, fishing equipment (ice fishing in particular), lacrosse items, and skates
books, in particular text books, so if you have any that you won’t need next semester, strike while the iron is hot, and post them before a new edition comes out!
furniture, indoor items for the home, and home appliances
tools, especially power tools, tool storage and benches.

Don’t delay – if you are thinking about posting an ad, do it early!

The Best Things to Sell to Make Cash for the Holidays

Regardless of whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, or something else entirely, gift giving holidays can get seriously expensive! There are plenty of ways to get creative with gifts, but what if all you want is some more cash in your pocket to check things off your shopping list? Well, we took a look at some of the most popular items on Kijiji in December (based on top searches from last year), and here are our top picks of things you might want to consider selling to make some money.

Country Wide

  • Snowblower. Doesn’t matter where you live, this is a popular item once the snow falls. If you have recently downsized, or just prefer shovelling the old fashioned way, now is a great time to sell a snowblower.
  • Snowmobile. If you have a snowmobile sitting unused, there are plenty who would love to take it off your hands before the holidays. Put your old ski-doo or polaris on Kijiji to simultaneously make someone else’s holiday season, as well as make some cash for your own!
  • Gaming systems. If you have a PS4, an Xbox 1, or even some vintage consoles collecting dust, December is the ideal time to advertise them.
  • Skis, snowboards, or other winter sports gear. If you don’t plan on using them this winter, make some cash by selling them to someone who will.
  • Lego and other timeless toys. Has your child outgrown or lost interest in them? Sell them now to make room for the new.
  • Jewellery and watches. Always popular gifts, so if you are thinking of unloading some, before the holidays is an ideal time.
  • Technology. Any item that would be a good gift and is current technology won’t last long at a good price leading up to the holidays. Consider ipods, headphones, tablets, phones, laptops, desktops, and any other electronics you aren’t using.
  • Musical instruments. These are often popular gifts for older children or teens. If you have entry level guitars or string instruments, woodwinds, or brass instruments which you have since upgraded, or some old instruments not getting the play they deserve, consider selling them now. Guitars are especially popular this time of year.

Regional: Maritimes

  • A wood burning stove. If you have an extra or an old one, sell it now, while they are being actively sought out.
  • Firewood. Have extra wood? December is a great time to sell.

Regional: Prairies

  • Ice fishing gear. If you haven’t put it to use in a while, sell now, don’t wait until summer!
  • Mukluks. Sell them while people are still looking for new cold weather gear!

Prepping for House Guests

Between the work of getting ready for the holidays, and the labour of cleaning your home until it meets the exacting standards you assume guests have for dust, it can be easy to forget to attend to the details. Here is our checklist to make it easy!

Stock the bathroom. Make sure you have extra, and accessible toilet paper, feminine products, and anything else your guests might need but be embarrassed to ask for. Put some shampoo and soap in the shower, have some available toothpaste, and make clear which towels are theirs by putting some clean ones by their bed or in the guest bathroom.

Clear space in the closet or a chest of drawers. Make sure that your guests have a place to unpack their clothing, and some hangers to keep their clothes looking good over their trip. Make sure there is space for heavy jackets, suits, and a place where they can primp in private, preferably a full length mirror near the guest space. If you don’t have a lot of space, at the very least, has a space where they can put their suitcase and if possible, provide a suitcase stand.

Set up a primer or FAQ. Leave out some paper with your wifi password, any explanation needed for operating the television or blu ray player, and some ideas for interesting nearby destinations or day trips. If they will be using public transit, include instructions and some tokens to get started.

Stock the fridge. Make sure you check on any allergies or dietary restrictions and have some appropriate food and drink options ready for them. If you have pets, include any need to know information (don’t let the cat out) on your list.

Make up & test the guest bed. If you are using an air mattress, make sure it isn’t leaking. If a regular bed, make sure the amount of blankets are appropriate for the season and there are ample pillow options for different sleep preferences.

Make a spare key. You’ll be glad you did when they aren’t ringing your doorbell every time they arrive.

Save Money This Holiday Season with a Kijiji Christmas

Do you want to save some serious coin on your Christmas celebrations this year? Kijiji has gifts for every taste and shopping list, from high end goods to vintage treasures to baby toys.
Keith Mullins (@Keithmullins on Twitter) of Cape Breton, NS wrote a song about saving big on Christmas celebrations through shopping on his local Kijiji. We’re big fans!

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