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Who is celebrating the August long weekend?

How will you celebrate the holiday?
How will you celebrate the holiday?

Staff writers

August 3, 2012 — The August long weekend is upon us, but not all provinces will celebrate this holiday.

Many Canadians will be flocking to the beach this weekend
Many Canadians will be flocking to the beach this weekend

Every province and territory observes the first Monday of August as a holiday except for the Yukon, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador.

While these areas will conduct “business as usual” on Monday, the August holiday will still be enjoyed at a different date in some places.

The Yukon celebrates Discovery Day on the third Monday of August, and in Newfoundland, the holiday takes place on the first Wednesday of August. On that day, most Newfoundlanders gather for the Royal St. John's Regatta.

For the rest of the country, the August long weekend is usually the most popular time for summer travel. Canadians flock to beaches, cottages and even resorts or hotels.

Be patient on the roads this weekend
Be patient on the roads this weekend

Eager vacationers are urged to pack their patience as many main roads and highways will be jammed.

Police officials in Ontario say the heat can also frustrate drivers, so it's important to remain alert, focused and safe at all times.

Packing a safety kit which includes water, food and sunscreen is also recommended as you never know how much time you'll be spending in the car.

Highways, trails and waterways will be the main focus for authorities this Civic Holiday long weekend.

You can find more long weekend safety tips here.

The holiday celebrated in each province:

For a closer look at the weather in your area, head to the August Long Weekend forecast. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV for up-to-date coverage throughout the weekend.

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