Heritage Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February each year to celebrate Canada's national heritage.
In 1973, the initial vision was that Heritage Day would become a statutory holiday celebrated by Canadians across the country. Unfortunately, several attempts at passing legislation have failed. Still, Canadians continue to celebrate this significant day each year. In Ontario, however, we celebrate for an entire week.
In step with the nationally recognized day, Ontario celebrates Heritage Week during the third week of February. In addition, each year the National Trust for Canada suggests a national theme – which has varied from transportation and industry to civic and military heritage.
This year – the 150th anniversary of Confederation – is a special moment in our history and a great opportunity for us to explore Ontario’s diverse cultural traditions and imagine our shared future.
During this year’s Heritage Week, we will be launching the Trust’s Ontario 150 project: MyOntario – A vision over time. This provincewide sesquicentennial initiative will help transform how we think about Ontario’s heritage with the goal of continuing to build a rich legacy for subsequent generations.
Check the current Heritage Week celebration and explore the Community event listings each year to see which museums and historic sites are holding special Heritage Week activities and events. And don't forget to consult your local daily newspapers, community papers or public libraries for listings of events and activities scheduled for Heritage Week. You'll be surprised at what's going on.