“Weekends are sacred for me. They’re the perfect time to relax and spend time with family and friends.” Marcus Samuelsson (Ethiopian Swedish chef)
The Victoria Day long weekend is often referred to as the beginning of the summer season here in Canada. The holiday has been observed since 1845, and is a distinctly Canadian observance.
Victoria Day is named after Queen Victoria (Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland), who had a very long reign as the queen – over 63 years. She was surpassed by her great-great-granddaughter, our current Queen Elizabeth II, who has reigned for 67 years.
Two Canadian cities (Victoria and Regina) are named after Queen Victoria, as is the Victoria Cross, the highest honour bestowed for bravery.
Queen Victoria was an avid writer and philanthropist. She donated a large sum of her own money to aid the Great Irish Potato Famine of 1845 and was patron of the charity that fundraised for it.
She also gave us the recognition of her birthday as the May long weekend! So, whatever you plan to do the third weekend of May, enjoy yourself, try to get outdoors (weather permitting), and explore our community – and know summer is approaching!