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Nova Scotia Heritage Day

Celebrated the third Monday in February, Nova Scotia Heritage Day is a new holiday that honours the remarkable people, places and events that have contributed to this province’s rich history.

This year, and for many years to come, the holiday will be an annual reminder of our storied past, and an opportunity to recognize many different contributions to our unique heritage.

For the inaugural year, the 2015 honouree is Viola Desmond, the African Nova Scotian businesswoman who was wrongfully jailed and fined in 1946 for refusing to give up her seat in the segregated section of a New Glasgow movie theatre.

Visit the Nova Scotia Heritage Day website to find out about different ways that you and your family can mark Heritage Day, including details about free holiday admission at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Industry.

For complete details about the February Holiday’s legislation and application, please visit Labour and Advanced Education's Nova Scotia Heritage Day information page

Heritage Day will be an annual reminder of our storied past, and an opportunity to recognize many different contributions to our unique heritage.