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May 24 Weekend: Best Getaway Packages & Victoria Day Places to Party

May 24 Victoria Day Weekend (actually May 16-19, 2014) is the unofficial first long weekend of the summer to let loose in cottage & resort country north of Toronto.  Many special long weekend packages & options for one of Canada's most popular birthday parties.  See our Featured Victoria Day Party Events, day trips and fireworks. Find more long weekend events.  See Queen Victoria Trivia and History.

Featured Victoria Day Weekend Events

Blue Mountain Village, Blue Mountains
Victoria Day May long weekend at Blue
May 17-19, 2014

Greet summer on your favorite Village patio!  Featuring R & B/Hip Hop, Sunday evening chart topper JRDN concert, Mossy Rocks live music, Groove dancing , Rib Eating Contest at Rusty’s and Saturday night FIREWORKS! 
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Collingwood-Blue Mountain

Bracebridge Farmers' Market
The Market runs each Saturday, 8:30 to 1pm from the Victoria Day long weekend in May, until the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.
Come and visit us in beautiful downtown Bracebridge. We are located in Memorial Park on Manitoba Street, next to the Norwood Theatre.

Celebrate Victoria Day the Victorian Way in Haliburton May 18
In 1864, when Haliburton Village was first settled, Victoria Day was already an important celebration - join us for a fun afternoon of games, craft and treats celebrating the queen's birthday and the iconic start to the Canadian summer! We'll also be reopening historic Reid House for the summer season, so make sure to take a tour! 
See Haliburton Highlands Museum for details.

Downtown Midland Shop and Docks
Saturday May 18 * Acoustic Cafe Crawl!  Enjoy beautiful downtown Midland has more than 100 shops, boutiques and services located in a beautiful waterfront setting. Kids will love a large collection of outdoors mural depicting the town's history as well as the check out the town harbour. See Downtown Midland

Farmers' Markets Openings
Seasonal Farmers' Markets are opening for the first time offering fresh spring produce including asparagus and fiddle heads, spring onions and fresh maple products. Make your cottage country resort trip a tasteful one.  See featured Markets in GravenhurstOrillia, and Midland, or find more farmers' markets across Ontario.

Food Sustainability in Haliburton
Spring Event! Celebration of Local Food May 17
Food Hub in Haliburton is now open on Weekends. Celebrate Haliburton food and drink this weekend with the opening of HaliburtonHighland Brewing. Stay overnight in Haliburton See Abbey Gardens

Horseshoe Resort
Adventure Park Opens! Join us for a day of adventure! Test your skills and work on your team building at the Horseshoe Adventure Park.

Hardwood Ski and Bike
Hardwood's biking season is open. Check directly with them for available activities. 

Midland 30,000 Islands Boat Cruise Opens May 17th.- Muskoka-Georgian Bay's 30,000 islands.  Experience the sparkling water, the windswept pines and rocky grandeur of Muskoka / Georgian Bay's 30,000 Islands on a cruise aboard the 300-passenger Miss Midland.Family Rate of $67 for 2 adults and 3 children.  Rates include applicable taxes

Santa's Whispering Pines Campground Opens Victoria Day Weekend May 16, 2014.  Camping packages include 1 or 2 nights camping. complimentary camping programs and activities. 7 nights for 5: Book 5 nights of camping and get 2 more FREE.

Seed To Sausage in Ontario's Highlands
Come play, drink and eat in Sharbot Lake  May 17th 11am to 8pm.  Day of the Pig is here! Annual party showcasing some of Canada's greatest artisan food producers. Come eat food prepared by great chefs, see all sorts of cooking and drinking demos. Listen is live bands and get a chance to build your own business. There's really no event like it around. So come play, drink and eat with us here at our shop in Sharbot Lake on May 17th 11am to 8pm. Find more events in Ontario's Highlands

Sir Sam's Ski & Bike,  Haliburton
The Mountain Bike Park opens May 17th for Victoria Day Weekend.  
 Fantastic XC & Downhill Mountain Biking Trails.  Lift  access for the Downhill Trails 
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels  Haliburton, ON






Fireworks

May 24th Victory Day Long Weekend Fireworks

Fireworks

Victoria Day Weekend Getaway Packages

Bayview Wildwood Resort, Sparrow Lake, Severn Bridge
Beauview Cottage Resort, Huntsville 
Blue Mountain VillageBlue Mountains
Booker's Clear Lake CottagesEmsdale
Cherry Beach ResortCherry Valley
Clevelands HouseMinett
Colonial Bay CottagesHuntsville
Couples ResortWhitney (Algonquin Park)
Deerhust Resort, Peninsula Lake, Huntsville
Foxwood Resort Lake of Bays, Dwight
Horseshoe Resort, Horseshoe Valley
Lantern Bay Resort, Kilworthy
McCreary's Beach ResortPerth
Midland 30,000 Islands Boat Cruise - Muskoka-Georgian Bay's 30,000 islands
Northridge Inn and Resort, Lakie Bernard, Sundrdge, Ontario
Ogopogo Resort, Mountain Lake, Minden
Okimot LodgeCrystal Falls
Pier 100 Cottage Resort on Lake MuskokaPort Carling
Quiet Bay Log MotelMagnetawan
Pine Vista Resort, Lakefield Stoney Lake, Lakefield
Rawley Resort. Spa. MarinaPort Severn, Ontario
River Run Rafting & Wilderness ResortForesters Falls
Rocky Crest ResortMactier
Sand Lake Cottages, Kearney Sand Lake, Kearney
Sandy Lake Resort, Halls Lake, Haliburton Highlands, Minden
Santa's Whispering Pines CampgroundBracebridge
Severn Lodge, Port Severn Georgian Bay-Muskoka, Port Severn
Shamrock Lodge, LakeRosseau Muskoka, Port Carling
Sherwood InnPort Carling
Sir Sam’s Inn and WaterSpa Eagle Lake, Haliburton
Sir Sam’s Ski & Bike, Haliburton
Tornado's ResortPort Loring
ViamedeWoodwview
Westin Trillium House, Georgian Bay, Collingwood/Blue Mountains 
Woodland Estate ResortCampbellford

May 24  -Victoria Day Long Weekend Events & Fireworks

Blue Mountain Studio Tour of the Arts
May 17-19, 2014
Artists in Craigleith, Kimberley, Thornbury and Clarksburg invite you to enjoy our free selfguided studio tour on the Thanksgiving weekend. In its 18th year, local well established artists open their studios to the public and will be there to answer questions about their work, what inspires them and in some cases, demonstrate their craft. Iron and glass worker, textile art and jewellery, pottery and sculpture, painting and photographya wide range of fabulous talent. This is a great opportunity to add a piece of original art to your collection

Canadian Tulip Festival
Throughout the National Capital area 
May 9-19, 2014
The Canadian Tulip Festival has grown to become the largest Tulip Festival in the world. It preserves the local heritage of Canada’s role in freeing the Dutch during World War II, and the symbolic tulip; a gift in perpetuity to the Canadian people for providing a safe harbour to the Dutch Royal Family at that time
Stay at Reorts, Inns, Hotels near Ottawa,

Canada's Capital on Victoria Day
May 9-11 and May 16-19 2014
Celebrate Victoria Day with us at Queen Juliana Park, at the corner of Carling Avenue and Preston Street. Make a day of it, incorporating Ottawa's beautiful Tulip Festival, in neighbouring Commissioner's Park. This is a family event with something for everyone: midway rides; petting zoo; food, drink, and dessert concessions; buskers; children's activities; and live musical performances (see Events). The festival wraps up with a spectacular FIREWORKS display on Monday, May 19.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Ottawa

Kincardine Fish Derby
27th Annual Fish Kincardine Derby 
Kincardine
May 16– May 25, 2014

Mosport International Raceway
Victoria Day Speedfest Weekend
May 16-18, 2014
Mosport International Raceway kicks off its season with the sights and sounds of thundering GT and Touring cars on the Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend, May 16-18.  The action-packed weekend features the World Challenge Series GT, GTS and Touring doubleheader, the SCCA Trans-Am Series, the Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship and the classic Sundown Grand Prix.   Off-track fans can enjoy the annual Victoria Day fireworks which will light up the sky. Camping is a popular part of the Mosport experience and there will also be access to the paddock with driver autograph sessions and meet and greets. Closest town Bowmanville,

Palmer River Fest
May 17-18, 2014

Paddler Co-op presents the Palmer River Festival on the Madawaska River, Palmer Rapids. Whitewater canoe and kayak clinics for all ages and levels. River Fest is a family-friendly event with clinics for kids, as well as daycare.  Barbeque lunches and dinners available all weekend. 
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels BancroftBarry's Bay
More information on the Ottawa Valley Destination

Queen Victoria Birthday Celebration
Upper Canada Village
May 17-18, 2014
Morrisburg

Join with a 1860s community at Upper Canada Village as it celebrates Queen Victoria's Birthday with historical patriotic speeches and songs, military activities, period games, fire engine trials and more. 

Spring Art Fair-Rockport 1000 Islands
The Thousand Islands Arts 22nd Annual Spring Art Fair on the Victoria Day Weekend 2014 hosts over 25 of the finest local artists selling unique, handmade object for your home and garden.  

Tay Township Port McNichol on Georgian Bay
Boating and Beach Getaways over the Victoria Day Weekend at Portarama

Family Festival Port McNichol Ontario. May 15-18, 2014.  The location of the "port" explains the festival and the excitement over the waters of Georgian Bay as many boaters will be launching for the first time in 2014. Port McNichol sits across from Victoria Harbour. Runs May 16-19 over the Victoria Day Weekend Includes fireworks finale on Saturday May 17. 
 Stay in , Book resorts, inns, hotels and cottages MidlandPort Severn or Barrie. Pick a Family Getaway for the May long weekend.

Fishing Getaways

Fishing season is underway with more than 40 Ontario fishing getaways at resorts, lodges, inns, hotels north of Toronto and Northern Ontario.

Canoeing and Kayaking Getaways 

Outdoor enthusiasts have been looking forward to dipping a paddle in Ontario’s most sought after resource--fresh water. Ontario’s exceptional variety of rivers and lakes offer up some great Canoe and Kayaking Getaways

Golfing Getaways

Golfing north of Toronto offers more golf spring and summer packages and golf getaway opportunities to play a round of golf. More than 30 golf packages provide golfing opportunities for the spring summer months-one continuous golf vacation.

Events and Day Trips 

May is the start to the summer events and festival season in Ontario. Check out the variety of Victoria Day events taking place by visiting the May events page.  Parents who want to provide some fun for their kids can visit Crayola Queen Victoria page for a little colouring to see who can put the best smile on Vicky.

More Queen Victoria Trivia  

Who knew, Queen Victoria was responsible for Ottawa being designated Canada’s Capital. Queen Victoria (1819-1901) Queen Victoria officially chose Ottawa as Canada's capital in 1857. Nearly forty years later, a monument to Queen Victoria, intended as part of a lavish celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the sixtieth year of her reign, was proposed for the Hill. See Government of Canada heritage site for more information on Queen Victoria. Additional information can be found at Official British Monarchy .

Additional quality links about Queen Victoria
http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/bcdocs/437659/queenvictoria.pdf
http://www.victorianbazaar.com/queen.html

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