When is Easter in Canada?Easter in Canada is celebrated at the same time and in much the same way as it is in other Western countries, like the U.S.
Easter Sunday is the Sunday immediately following the first full moon after the vernal (spring) equinox, unless that coincides with the Jewish Feast of Passover, in which case it is moved to the next Sunday. It can fall anywhere between March 22 and April 25. Learn more about why the dates for Easter change every year.
Good Friday is the Friday two days before Easter Sunday and Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday.
How is Easter in Canada Celebrated?Most everything is closed Easter Sunday; it's a popular day for attending church, getting together for a big family meal, and staging an Easter egg hunt.
What's Open and Closed during EasterGood Friday is a statutory, or public, holiday in Canada, which means that most everything is closed, including government offices, banks and schools. Some exceptions may apply to restaurants or tourist attractions. Call ahead to confirm holiday hours.
Some businesses observe a holiday also on Easter Monday, but most people return to work and retail establishments re-open. Government offices, schools and libraries remain closed. Again, call ahead to restaurants, shopping malls and tourist attractions to confirm holiday hours.
Many cities hold an Easter Parade, such as the Toronto Beaches Lions Annual Easter Parade.
Easter Holiday Dates until 20152009
Good Friday - April 10, Easter Sunday - April 12, Easter Monday - April 13
Good Friday - April 2, Easter Sunday - April 4, Easter Monday - April 5
Good Friday - April 22, Easter Sunday - April 24, Easter Monday - April 25
Good Friday - April 6, Easter Sunday - April 8, Easter Monday - April 9
Good Friday - March 29, Easter Sunday - March 31, Easter Monday - April 1
Good Friday - April 18, Easter Sunday - April 20, Easter Monday - April 21
Good Friday - April 3, Easter Sunday - April 5, Easter Monday - April 6