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Victoria Day in Canada

     
      

Victoria Day is a Public Holiday celeberated on Monday before May 25 throughout Canada (Except for NB, NS, PE, NL). It honours Queen Victoria's birthday. In 2015, Victoria Day occurs on Monday, May 18. In 2014, it is being celebrated on Monday, May19.

 English:  Victoria Day
 French:  Fête de la Reine

Other names given to Victoria Day are "May Long Weekend" or "May Two-Four weekend". Queen's birthday is on May 24 hence the name May Two-Four weekend. If you are thinking that like many other holidays celebrating our Colonial heritage, this holiday is also celebrated in other countries that connect us then you are wrong. It is Only Canadian. There is also a tradition of celebrating this day with 24 bottle beer crate.

It kicks off Summer season. Usually Canadian with green thumb avail this long weekend for fluffing their gardens and start planting Vegetables. Because it is that time of the year when Canadian are enjoying nice sunshine, most of the Canadians head toward Cottage country or towards waters.

How it is celebrated

Hello Summer ... bye bye Winter. Enough Said!

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Things to do on Victoria Day Weekend or May long weekend


Here is a list of some events and activities that are particular to Victoria Day. We have also organized a list of places to go and things to do on long weekends and they are organized by provinces. Please click here to get more ideas of Fun Events and Places to visit around Canada.

Alberta

Dinosaur Provincial Park:
Location: Alberta
The Victoria Day weekend (May 18) kicks off the park’s seasonal program of must-see events: scale sandstone ridges on the exhilarating Centrosaurus Quarry Hike, explore the badlands via the Explorers’ Bus Tour, or discover turtle, mammal and dinosaur remains on the popular Fossil Safari.

British Columbia

Kaslo May Days:
Location: Kootenay Rockies
Kaslo is a small town in BC that host May days with a bang! There is music, sport, helicopter tours, vintage cars, and food. In addition there is axe throwing, log rolling, springboard chopping and tree climbing. Also softball tournament, the Show 'n’ Shine car fair, Garden Fest horticultural marketplace, May Pole dances, and Music in the Park.
Island Farms 115th Victoria Day Parade:
Location: Victoria
Celebrate british monarch in Victoria, her Canadian namesake! On Victoria Day, a party fit for queen with all the royal hustle bustle. Join the festivities on Douglas Street at 9 a.m. for marching bands, decorative floats, majorettes, and prancing horses.

Manitoba

Prairie Dog Great Train Robbery:
Location: Manitoba
Ride a train and have a trip of lifetime when actual train is robbed by old fashioned Bandits on horse backs. Dont worry you are actually paying to get robbed and all the money goes charity.
Adult tickets: $29.95; children: $21.95

New Brunswick

Paddlefest:
Location: St. Andrews
Although Victoria Day is an optional holiday in NB, they do have an annual celebration of Music and water activities .... Peddlefesst. Beautiful town St. Andrew welcomes start of sun-filled Summer days welcoming tourists with fun activities like kayak and canoe excursions, Music, Water sports, Hiking, Kids activities, BBQ and much more.

Nova Scotia

Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon Weekend:
Location: Halifax
Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon occurs from Friday to Sunday of the long weekend. Thousands of runners raise money for Charity over the three-days multi event marathon.

Ontario

Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend:
Location: Clarington
Go full speed with a weekend of exciting on-track action. Tire Motorsport Park fulfills your need for speed with its jam-packed schedule of NASCAR, Trans-Am, Canadian Touring Car, Porsche GT3, and Canadian Supercar races from May 17 to 19. Roadside RV Camping and fireworks. Tickets range from $50 to $125.
Upper Canada Village :
Location: Morrisburg
Experience Royal birthday in a Royal setting. Morrisburg, a beautiful village takes a different shape altogether. They take you back in time. On May 19th, they kick off there celeberation by totally converting into a viallage out of 80's. Villagers are dressed in traditional costumes, there are speeches, military show offs, parade and chance for the visitors to actually try out 1860 royal games and eat Cake of course!
     

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