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.
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”.