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Best Victoria Day Long Weekend Destinations

Looking for a fun place to visit for Victoria Day long weekend? We’ve got the top Canadian destinations for the unofficial kick-off to the summer season! Here’s the best of Victoria Day long weekend 2019.

About Victoria Day in Canada

Monday, May 20th, 2019 is Victoria Day – a holiday exclusive to Canada that takes place on the Monday before May 25th. It commemorates Queen Victoria’s birth, which took place 200 years ago on May 24, 1819. Victoria Day is recognized across the country, save for Quebec, where the holiday is called ‘Journée Nationale des Patriotes’ (National Patriots Day).

Victoria Day long weekend marks the unofficial start of our precious Canadian summer. Affectionately known as ‘May Two-Four’, many pools, beaches, campgrounds and summer businesses will have their opening weekend scheduled around the holiday. This Canadian long weekend is a popular time to have a barbeque with friends to start the summer with a bang. Need to find a cheap flight for Victoria Day weekend? There are plenty of last-minute Victoria Day long weekend flight deals right here.

Top Destinations for Victoria Day Weekend 2019

Wondering where to go on Victoria Day weekend this year? Here are some exciting events happening across the country for Victoria Day weekend 2019.

121st Island Farms Victoria Day Parade, Victoria, BC

When: May 20, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.
Cost: Free admission
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view of the Victoria Parliament Buildings in British Columbia, a great place to spend Victoria Day weekend
Victoria Day Weekend | Skyscanner Canada

A statutory holiday in British Columbia, the Victoria Day long weekend is a popular time to travel, especially to Queen Victoria’s namesake city – Victoria, BC. Over 100,000 people gather for the biggest event of the year in the province’s capital. The Victoria Day festivities begin when the parade starts at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 20th.

Come early to grab a spot on Douglas Street so you don’t miss the hundreds of floats, Canadian and American marching bands, and fabulous cultural shows. It’s a free and fun event for the whole family.  

You’ll fare better if you make reservations for ferries into Victoria and arrive very early as the crowds fill the city for the three day weekend.

Explore the best of Victoria and Vancouver Island.

Canadian Tulip Festival, Ottawa, ON

When: Sunday, May 19th at 10 p.m at Commissioner’s Park, Ottawa
Cost: Free admission
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Ottawa’s flagship festival has been running since 1953 and has won multiple awards since then. The annual Canadian Tulip festival is one of the biggest in the world and you can enjoy Ottawa’s official flower festival in downtown Ottawa from May 10-20, 2019.

This Victoria Day weekend, you can watch the Ottawa Tulip festival fireworks over Dow’s Lake from a licensed area. Bring your blankets to get cozy and enjoy the spectacular pyrotechnic display while seated among the tulips.

Read more top things to do for a weekend in Ottawa.

Kaslo May Days, Kootenay Rockies, BC

When: May 18-20, 2019
Cost: Free admission
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British Columbia is known for its natural beauty, and the Kootenay Rockies are a great example of the majestic wilderness that draws people to this land. Salt spring caves, massive mountains and glorious green forests can be found here – and the Victoria Day long weekend is a perfect time to visit.

Kaslo May Days is a longstanding (127 years!) tradition that features Maypole dancing, live music, artisanal crafts and local food. Every year, logger sports athletes from across North America make their way to Kaslo to test their strength at axe-throwing, log rolling, tree-climbing and more.

Ornithology enthusiasts (aka Bird nerds) flock this way for world-renowned bird-watching in the tall trees of the Kootenays. You can join the local experts for a guided nature walk to meet some feathered friends. Stick around for Monday morning pancake breakfast and the Victoria Day parade at noon on Front Street.

Travel guide for the Canadian Rockies.

Victoria Day Weekend Events in Toronto

Black Owned Food Market

When: Sunday, May 19th from 12 – 8 p.m.
Cost: Free admission
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Enjoy Afro-Caribbean fare, fresh drinks, great music and culture at the popular Black Owned Food Market in Toronto this Victoria Day. It’s free for all ages and donations from this Victoria Day event go to black youth support programs. The Market takes place at Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street. Come hungry!

Electric Island 2019

When: Sunday, May 19th. Doors open at 2 p.m.
Cost: Admission ranges from $49.99 – $69.99
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The Electric Island seasonal concert series kicks off for the 7th consecutive year on Sunday, May 19th at Hanlan’s Point Beach on Toronto Island. The first show of 2019 features DJ Sneak, Ame & Dubfire.

Fireworks at Canada’s Wonderland

When: Sunday, May 19th and Monday, May 20th, starting at 10 p.m.
Cost: Free
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Don’t forget the fireworks at Canada’s Wonderland! It’s an annual tradition for Canada’s Wonderland to put on a fireworks display in honour of Victoria Day. The show will be at 10 p.m., weather permitting. You can pay the price of admission to Canada’s Wonderland for the best view, otherwise set up close by and enjoy it for free.

Best places to watch the Canada Day fireworks.

Victoria Day in the Greater Vancouver Area, BC

Victoria Day at Burnaby Village Museum

When: Monday, May 20th from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free admission
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Check out the Victoria Day celebrations at the Burnaby Museum Village. The late Queen’s birthday will be celebrated in grand style with a parade and a birthday cake. After the parade, you can be presented to Queen Victoria herself by her ladies-in-waiting. Ride the carousel at the village for an old-timey price of $2.65.

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