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Yukon Heritage Day in Canada

Many people in the Yukon, Canada, celebrate the territory’s Heritage Day, usually held on the last Friday of February every year.

Yukon Sign
The Yukon's Heritage Day is held in the territory every year.
The Yukon's Heritage Day is held in the territory every year.
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Celebrate the Yukon's Heritage Day

Canadians in the Yukon usually have a day off work or school. People in the territory can join in an annual winter celebration known as the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous, which is usually held in Whitehorse, the Yukon’s capital. There are many activities associated with the winter festival. These include (but are not exclusive to):

  • A queen contest.
  • An air show.
  • Various outdoor activities.
  • Dog races.
  • Snow sculptures.
  • A fiddle contest
  • Performances by cancan dancers, and much more.

Educational institutions and museums across the Yukon mark the territory’s Heritage Day in their calendars. Various competitions, including writing or drawing contests, may be held in the territory on or around this time of the year to coincide with the Yukon’s Heritage Day. Some communities in the Yukon may hold special celebrations to celebrate their heritage.

What is open?

Heritage Day in the Yukon is a day off for Yukon government employees on the last Friday of February. Schools are also closed. Businesses have the option to give their employees the day or a portion of the day off from work.

About the Yukon's Heritage Day

Heritage Day in the Yukon has been in place for Yukon government employees, teachers and students since it was included in the Collective Agreement in April 1975, which led to the first holiday in February 1976. This holiday normally falls on the last Friday of February to coincide with an annual winter festival known as the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous.

Heritage Day in the Yukon is not to be confused with Alberta’s Heritage Day, which is annually held on the first Monday of August. Moreover, the Heritage Canada Foundation promotes the third Monday of February as National Heritage Day. The foundation has long advocated adopting this date as a national holiday in Canada.


Heritage Day in the Yukon usually coincides with the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous, which is an annual event that is based with an overall theme of the 1890s. It not only celebrates the Klondike Gold Rush, but all that is Yukon.

Yukon Heritage Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere it is a statutory holiday
FriFeb 262010Yukon Heritage DayLocal holidayYukon
FriFeb 252011Yukon Heritage DayLocal holidayYukon
FriFeb 242012Yukon Heritage DayLocal holidayYukon
FriFeb 222013Yukon Heritage DayLocal holidayYukon
FriFeb 212014Yukon Heritage DayLocal holidayYukon
FriFeb 202015Yukon Heritage DayLocal holidayYukon
FriFeb 192016Yukon Heritage DayLocal holidayYukon
FriFeb 172017Yukon Heritage DayLocal holidayYukon
FriFeb 162018Yukon Heritage DayLocal holidayYukon
FriFeb 152019Yukon Heritage DayLocal holidayYukon
FriFeb 212020Yukon Heritage DayLocal holidayYukon

Quick Facts

National Heritage Day, also known as Heritage Day, is usually celebrated in the Yukon in Canada on the last Friday of February.

Yukon Heritage Day 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016 (local in Yukon)

Yukon Heritage Day 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017 (local in Yukon)


Name in other languages

Yukon Heritage DayEnglish
Journée du Patrimoine (Yukon)French
Heritage Day in the YukonGerman

List of dates for other years

Related holiday

Other holidays in February 2017 in Canada

Fun Holiday on February 19, 2017

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