Why is it Called Simcoe Day?
Although now an almost nation-wide affair, the August Civic Holiday began in Toronto in the late 1800’s when our city council thought people could use another “day of relaxation” in the summer months. In 1968, the city council decided to name the Civic Holiday, “Simcoe Day” after the very late John Graves Simcoe.
“Simcoe came to what is now Ontario in 1792 as the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada. He was responsible for organizing the governments in both Upper Canada and Quebec, began building roads, and founded the town of York, which would eventually become the City of Toronto. Simcoe’s greatest legacy though is that he supported legislation to ban future slavery”.