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Old 03-25-2008, 05:50 AM
 
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Please can someone give me the Canadian comparisons/answers to the following (we are thinking more of BC or Alberta area but any help answers would be great)

UK School Holidays

1 week off in February (1/2 term)
2 weeks off in March/April inlcuding Good Friday & Easter Monday (Easter)
1 day off beginning May (May Bank Holiday)
1 week off end of May (1/2 term)
6 weeks off July/August including 1 day for August Bank Holiday (summer holiday)
1 week off in October (1/2 term)
2 weeks off in December (Christmas)

for people who work they get the bank holidays off

Shops

Asda (UK) - Walmart (Canada)

British Home Stores
MK One, New Look H&M etc
Argos
B&Q
Marks and Spencer
Claires Accessories
Boots
Primark
Sainsburys, Tesco etc

Any help is much appreciated.

Thanks
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Old 03-25-2008, 08:00 AM
 
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Please can someone give me the Canadian comparisons/answers to the following (we are thinking more of BC or Alberta area but any help answers would be great)

UK School Holidays

1 week off in February (1/2 term)
2 weeks off in March/April inlcuding Good Friday & Easter Monday (Easter)
1 day off beginning May (May Bank Holiday)
1 week off end of May (1/2 term)
6 weeks off July/August including 1 day for August Bank Holiday (summer holiday)
1 week off in October (1/2 term)
2 weeks off in December (Christmas)

for people who work they get the bank holidays off

Shops

Asda (UK) - Walmart (Canada)

British Home Stores
MK One, New Look H&M etc
Argos
B&Q
Marks and Spencer
Claires Accessories
Boots
Primark
Sainsburys, Tesco etc

Any help is much appreciated.

Thanks
The holidays are generally the same, check with the local school board where you end up.

Calgary and Vancouver have H&M, Claire's is in every mall. Boots = London Drugs, and the grocery stores are grocery stores. Marks & Spencer is tougher. General Department stores are getting harder to find, everything is boiling down to the WalMart level.

Sorry I couldn't help more.

Mike
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Old 03-27-2008, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, BC
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Hmmm, this is hard to answer because I've only been to the UK once in 1996. The only people who can give you answers to your questions are people who have spent significant time in both the UK and Canada.


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I would also argue, however, that school holidays are certainly not the same. By school holidays, do you mean elementary/high school, or university? In Vancouver children get the months of July and August off entirely. They start the first week of September *after* the Labour Day long weekend (often the first weekend of the month).

They get a long weekend for Thanksgiving (October), the day of November 11th (Remembrance Day) off, and they often get 2 weeks off around Christmas - often a week before Christmas, and come back the first or second Monday after New Years.

There are no school Februarys in January or February.

March is often one week off for spring break.

April is often Easter, unlike this year, and they'll often get 4 days off - both the Good Friday and Easter Monday.

May has the Victoria Day long weekend, and then they're off in late June.

For university students (UBC for example), you'd start class in September after the Labour Day long weekend. You get the same Thanksgiving long weekend, Rembrance Day off, and early December you'd be writing exams anywhere from the first week to the week before Christmas. Once you finish exams, you're off until after New Year's. Sometimes it works out to be 1 week after Christmas, and sometimes 2.

The new semester starts in January. In mid February you get "reading week" which is basically a spring break, but in gloomy winter. March you're busy studying and finishing your papers becauase in early April you have your exams to write between the first week of April until the 3rd week. Then school is officially over until next September, unless you take summer courses.

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Old 03-28-2008, 04:54 AM
 
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Thumbs up First, middle & upper schools in UK

Thank you for your replies. Any more answers are much appreciated.

Many thanks

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