Victoria Day May 24 Long Weekend


Ontario's Lake Country Tap into May-ple


Start your Summer off right and go north for the Victoria Day May long weekend.

Celebrate it the way it is meant to be. Outdoors, at the lake, on the dock, by the fire, in the boat, under the stars … surrounded by friends and family. Visit north of Toronto to experience the best Ontario has to offer with luxury resorts, lakeside cottages, adventure filled attractions and more. Whether you are visiting for the day or planning a weekend getaway there are events, activities, packages and exclusive promotions available here

When is Victoria Day 2016?
Monday, May 23, 2016.  The holiday May long weekend runs from May 20-23, 2016 and is the unofficial start of Summer in Ontario. 


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Featured May Long Weekend Events

May Long Weekend at Blue
Blue Mountain Village
May 21-23, 2016
Kick your summer off at Blue with the first long weekend of the summer enjoying the opening season for Blue Mountain Attractions and Village Events. 
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Tap into Maple
Ontario’s Lake Country
Starting on March 1st and running through to May 31st, the Tap into Maple route was created to support and showcase our local maple syrup, maple products and events. Filled with a variety of different stops throughout the region, the Tap into Maple route will get your senses flowing and your mouth watering.

May-PLE Month! There’s lots you can do in the month of May during Tap into Maple. Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum and the Coldwater Mill opened their doors May 2nd for the season! Celebrate along with them!
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Live Concerts
Casino Rama Resort, Orillia
Enjoy Donny & Marie live in concert or spend a night with Alice Cooper during the May long weekend.
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5 Year Celebration & Opening Weekend
SUPnorth Paddleboard Adventures, Haliburton
May 20 – 23, 2016
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Farmers’ Markets
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 Orillia or find more farmers’ markets across Ontario.

Canoe & Kayak Tours
Wye Marsh, Midland
Guided canoe and kayak tours begin for the season.  Explore the Wye Marsh from a voyageur canoe or kayak while taking the scenery, catching glimpses of songbirds, turtles basking and maybe even otters playing.  
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Bike Season Opens
Hardwood Ski and Bike, Oro
Hardwood’s biking season is open. Check directly with them for available activities. 
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Mountain Bike Park
Sir Sam’s Ski & Bike
Fantastic XC & Downhill Mountain Biking Trails. Lift  access for the Downhill Trails. Scenic chairlift rides too.
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Taboo Muskoka Customer Appreciation Day 
Taboo Muskoka Resort, Gravenhurst
May 23, 2016
There will be fantastic food & beverage specials – Triple Bogey Brewing Company will be joining us for the day as well as raffle prizes and on-course prizing all day long. $35.95 per person (plus HST) – includes green fee and cart.
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Boat Cruise Season Begins
Midland Tours
Take a boat tour at one of three locations:Midland 30,000 Islands Boat Cruise, Penetanguishene Historic Georgian Bay Cruise and Port Severn Boat Cruise.
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Camping Sportsland & Aerial Park Opens
Santa’s Village, Bracebridge
Muskoka Zip Lines & Aerial Park, Sportsland, and Camping open for the season. 
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Victoria Day Family Fun Pass
Nottawasaga Inn Resort, Alliston
Treat the kids this Victoria Day Weekend to our Family Fun Pass available from Friday May 20 to Monday May 23! Your day pass of fun includes swimming, 100ft waterslide, 4 mini-golf passes and daily sports.
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Euchre & Schnitzel Dinner Fundraiser Night
Rawley Resort
May 19, 2016
Live Entertainent with artist Shawn Mei. Big Prizes & Big Draws.
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Sunday Night Fireworks
Sir Sam’s Inn & WaterSpa, Haliburton
May 22, 2016
Victoria Day “May two-four weekend” is upon us, we always celebrate the unofficial start of the cottage season with Live Music and a spectacular Fireworks Show.
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Featured May Long Weekend Getaways

Introduction to the Birds of Algonquin
Algonquin Wildlife Research Station
Join the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station as they immerse themselves in the life-history strategies of the Algonquin’s birdlife.  New for 2016 this workshop has been developed to broaden your understanding of bird ecology, biology and behaviour while ensuring that both wildlife and the landscape are minimally impacted.
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Victoria Day Muskoka Special
Sherwood Inn, Port Carling
Celebrate the long-awaited arrival of warm weather and set out on an adventure this Victoria Day long weekend to Muskoka!
Long weekends are best if you stay the entire weekend, especially on the unofficial kick off to summer. Buy two nights and get the third and fourth nights for 50% off. 
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Victoria Day Muskoka Special
Taboo Muskoka, Gravenhurst
First Come First Reserve. We invite you to come and join us for a complimentary round on our award-winning golf course.
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Muskoka May  Long Weekend
Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville
It’s the first long weekend of summer, and Deerhurst has everything you want to make Muskoka’s unofficial kick-off to summer the best yet! Book the Spring in Your Step & enjoy savings on 2 nights or more!
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Put a Spring in Your Step
Horseshoe Resort, Barrie
Break out of hibernation mode and head to Horseshoe Resort for a rejuvenating spring getaway.  Book this offer and save up to 20% over regular rates on select dates. 
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May Long Weekend Getaway
Hockley Valley Resort, Mono
May 20-23, 2016
Escape and treat yourself to a getaway for the Victoria Day long weekend.  We have a great weekend planned for you. Enjoy. Relax. Your stay includes: Accommodation and full buffet breakfast for two plus guided hike on Saturday afternoon, yoga on Sunday morning and children movie nights.
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Spring Getaway on Victoria Day
Bayview Wildwood Resort, Severn Bridge
Enjoy a 2 or 3 night getaway in the scenic village of Port Stanton, Muskoka.
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Victoria Day Package
Pine Vista Resort, Peterborough
A weekend away at the cottage is a great way to warm up for summer! Enjoy 3 nights in a cottage or resort townhouse. Our package includes a scenic boat cruise, organized recreation activities and resort facilities.
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Victoria Day May Long Weekend
Rawley Resort, Port Severn
Two night double accommodation in a luxurious suite with fireplace.
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Victoria Day Weekend on Lake Simcoe
Briars Resort, Jackson’s Point
Welcome to The Briars as we kick off our Summer here at the Briars with Victoria Day Weekend. Weather permitting, this weekend kicks off our water activities and our Lady Simcoe Cruises for the year. We hope you can join us in all the fun!
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More May Long Weekend Activities

Eco tours and Outdoor Adventures
Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, Collingwood
Get active outside with cave tours, nature trails, suspension bridge, Thunderbird Twin Zip, gemstone mining, mini golf, trout pond and eco tours.
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Get on Board and Feel the Past
Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene
Opens for the season May 21, 2016. Discovery Harbour is home port for two large replica historic ships and a fine collection of smaller vessels. Get on board, and feel what life was really like for the people at the Penetanguishene Naval Establishment in the early 1800s.
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Make Your Weekend Historic
Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, Midland
Marvel at a world that existed over 370 years ago. This impressive reconstruction takes you back in time to a story of cultural contact, determination, drama, and survival.
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Adreniline Filled Weekend
Horseshoe Adventure Park, Barrie
There is a world of Adventure waiting for you at Horseshoe Resort in our 600-acre playground!
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Discover Huronia’s Past
Huronia Museum, Midland
Explore a replica of a “pre-contact” Huron/Ouendat village, including a lookout tower, wigwam, a full-size longhouse and much more.
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Why Do Canadians Celebrate Victoria Day?

Victoria Day began as a celebration to honour Queen Victoria’s birthday, who was was born on May 24, 1819. Victoria Day was declared a Canadian holiday by the government in 1845. When Queen Victoria died in 1901, Canada’s parliament officially named the holiday Victoria Day. And it was decided that the day would be celebrated on May 24th each year (or on May 25th if the 24th fell on a Sunday).

In 1952, the government made the decided to celebrate Victoria Day on Monday, opposed to Sunday. Today, Victoria Day is a holiday throughout all of Canada, except the Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. And, in Quebec, a holiday called Journée nationale des patriotes is celebrated on the same day.

As far as today’s celebrations, Victoria Day is marked in most cities with parades, outdoor events and activities like camping and elaborate firework displays.

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.

She is the longest reigning monarch (Queen) in England, remaining on her throne for 63 years, 216 days. On September 9th, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II took the title of longest reigning monarch in British history.

See Government of Canada heritage site for more information on Queen Victoria. Additional information can be found at Official British Monarchy .