Labour Day in 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic, may not be quite the same this year as other years. Although many venues are not open and some events cancelled, there is no reason why Canadians cannot kick back, relax and have fun on this public holiday, whilst remaining safe.
The origins of Canada’s Labour Day date back to 1872 when unions were illegal and striking was seen as criminal conspiracy. The Toronto Trades Assembly organised Canada’s first worker’s rights demonstrations and with enormous public support they led to Canada’s first prime minister repealing all Canadian laws against trade unions.
In 1883 the Canadian Labour Congress was founded. Then In 1894 Labour Day became the annual statutory holiday celebrated on the first Monday of September, this year falling on September 7. Historically, workers marked the day with activities such as parades, speeches, games, amateur competitions and picnics. Now though as the last long weekend of the summer, and the day before schools return for the new academic year, it’s seen more as a chance to go to public events, meet with friends and family and enjoy the sun before the fall starts.
This year, while some public events are still able to run in a covid-safe way, understandably, with large gatherings unable to take place many events have been cancelled. If your plans have had to change this year, there are still plenty of safe ways to enjoy the last of the summer sun. At Stiltz Home Elevators Canada, we have complied the below list to provide a helping hand.
1. Take a Hike
Walking in your local beauty spot, or driving further afield to have a day somewhere particularly scenic is a great way to enjoy the last of the summer weather.
2. Dine Al Fresco
Enjoy eating in the great outdoors with a celebratory picnic in the park, or one last BBQ at home. Make it one to remember with lots of great food and your favourite music.
3. Camp Out
If it is safe and within local restrictions consider a long weekend of camping to really make the most of time off work and embrace the outdoors and all nature has to offer.
4. Drive In
Many events have had to change the way they work to allow for social distancing, and in particular good old drive-in movies have had a resurgence in popularity, with some even showing sing a long musicals, or stage shows for those missing live entertainment.
5. Get Wet
Take to the water with a canoe trip, or if you are near the coast or lake, take out a SUP or dinghy. End of summer is the perfect time to have water sports fun as the water is the warmest it will be all year.
6. Have a Wild Day Out
Find local attractions that are open, such as zoos or farms. Many attractions are bookable online which means they are quiet and it’s easy to keep your distance when needed.