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Heritage Day in the Yukon in Canada

Quick Facts

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

Local names

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

Heritage Day in the Yukon 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

Heritage Day in the Yukon 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015
List of dates for other years

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

Yukon Sign

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

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What do people do?

Many people in the Yukon 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):

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.

Public Life

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.

Background

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.

Symbols

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.

Heritage Day in the Yukon Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is a statutory holiday
FriFeb 231990Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 221991Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 211992Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 261993Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 251994Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 241995Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 231996Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 211997Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 271998Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 261999Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 252000Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 232001Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 222002Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 212003Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 272004Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 252005Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 242006Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 232007Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 222008Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 272009Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 262010Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 252011Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 242012Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 222013Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 212014Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 272015Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 262016Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 242017Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 232018Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 222019Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory
FriFeb 212020Heritage Day in the YukonLocal holidayYukon Territory

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