Victoria Day Day Trip Ideas: Where To Go During The May Long Weekend
The Huffington Post Canada
Whether you call it Victoria Day, May Long Weekend or May Two-Four, May 17 to May 19 means time off for Canadians.
And any time off in our books is a perfect excuse to travel.
While Victoria Day harkens back to Queen Victoria's birthday, its meaning has shifted to something along the lines of "the unofficial start to summer", prompting Canadians to head to the cottage for the first time. Also popular is the "staycation" approach which usually involves watching fireworks and cracking open a case of 24 beers (hence May Two-Four).
What better place to celebrate the Queen Victoria than in Victoria, B.C.? May 19 will mark the city's 116th run of the Island Farms Victoria Day Parade, the city's biggest parade. Expect marching bands, floats, clowns and more over a span of three hours. Admission is free and promises to be fun for the whole family.
Jubilee Queen Cruises, Toronto
Keep things classy with a day-time cruise and lunch buffet on board the Jubilee Queen cruise ship. While the night-time version of this attraction boasts a spectacular fireworks show on Toronto's waterfront, the day version features a much clearer view of Toronto Islands and the raw scenery of Toronto Island Parklands. Boarding starts at 11:30 a.m. with a noon departure and a 2:30 p.m. dock time.
Piknic Electronik, Montreal
Technically Quebec doesn't celebrate Victoria Day like the rest of Canada. Instead, they get the day off for National Patriots Day. But whether you're celebrating the Queen or honouring the rebellion against the British, you can spend your long weekend at Piknic Electronik, an electronic music festival that kicks off on May 18 and runs all the way till September 21. Performers during the first day will include Slow Hand on the main stage, the province's own Veronika & Oliver as well as France's Sonic Crew.
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