Nova Scotia Heritage Day in Canada
Starting in 2015, Nova Scotia Heritage Day will be on the third Monday in February, celebrating provincial heroes and events.
Celebrate Your Local Hero
Nova Scotians can celebrate provincial heroes, like human rights activist Viola Desmond (July 6, 1914 – February 7, 1965), who challenged racial segregation at a film theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia in 1946. She refused to leave a whites-only area at the theatre and was convicted of a segregation-based tax violation. Her case became famous and influenced other equal rights activists to end segregation in the province.
In 2010, her sister Wanda Robson attended and spoke at a government ceremony where an apology and late pardon was given to Viola. This was the first time a free pardon was posthumously granted in Canada.
Nova Scotia Heritage Day is always on a Monday, so it gives people the chance to make the most of a long weekend and go on an out-of-town trip, catch up with friends and family, or relax at home.
It will coincide with other Canadian holidays on the same day, like Family Day.
What’s Open or Closed?
Provincial government offices, schools, and most businesses will be closed on Nova Scotia Heritage Day.
However, federal government offices and national businesses like banks, airlines and railways are open.
Check with your local public transport office on changes to bus and train schedules.
Schools Shape New Holiday
In early 2014, the Nova Scotian government started a campaign for the new holiday, asking schools to give it a name and suggest cultural or historical contributions that they could celebrate for the day. Three schools – Bayview Education Centre, Bible Hill Junior High and Northeast Kings Education Centre – came up with “Nova Scotia Heritage Day”. Schools also suggested a list of Nova Scotians, like Viola Desmond, and events to be remembered on the day.
Nova Scotia Heritage Day Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where it is a statutory holiday|
|Mon||Feb 16||2015||Nova Scotia Heritage Day||Common Local holidays||Nova Scotia|
|Mon||Feb 15||2016||Nova Scotia Heritage Day||Common Local holidays||Nova Scotia|
|Mon||Feb 20||2017||Nova Scotia Heritage Day||Common Local holidays||Nova Scotia|
|Mon||Feb 19||2018||Nova Scotia Heritage Day||Common Local holidays||Nova Scotia|
|Mon||Feb 18||2019||Nova Scotia Heritage Day||Common Local holidays||Nova Scotia|
|Mon||Feb 17||2020||Nova Scotia Heritage Day||Common Local holidays||Nova Scotia|
Quick FactsNova Scotia Heritage Day is a day off for Canadians in Nova Scotia. It aims to recognize cultural or historical contributions to the province.
Nova Scotia Heritage Day 2017Monday, February 20, 2017 (Nova Scotia)
Nova Scotia Heritage Day 2018Monday, February 19, 2018 (Nova Scotia)
Name in other languages
|Nova Scotia Heritage Day||English|
|La Journée du patrimoine de la Nouvelle-Écosse||French|
|Nova Scotia Heritage Day||German|
- Family Day – Monday, February 13, 2017, Monday, February 20, 2017
- Islander Day – Monday, February 20, 2017
Other holidays in February 2018 in Canada
- Groundhog Day – Friday, February 2, 2018
- Family Day – Monday, February 12, 2018
- Carnival/Shrove Tuesday – Tuesday, February 13, 2018
- Ash Wednesday – Wednesday, February 14, 2018
- National Flag of Canada Day – Thursday, February 15, 2018
- Chinese New Year – Friday, February 16, 2018
- Islander Day – Monday, February 19, 2018
- Yukon Heritage Day – Friday, February 23, 2018