May Long Weekend Events & Activities

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To Do Ontario – Up North on the 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 near or far north destinations north in Ontario to experience the best Ontario has to offer with luxury resorts, lakeside cottages, adventure filled attractions, events 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 2019? Monday, May 20, 2019. The holiday May long weekend runs from May 17-20, 2019 and is the unofficial start of Summer in Ontario < cue the sparklers!

Here are details about events, activities and attractions north of Toronto in Ontario that you can do this May 2-4, as they call it up north.

If you find events and activities you like, check out the website and then make sure you come back to ours, we’ve included links after this links to great getaway ideas and options for the long weekend too.


May Long Weekend Events & Attractions

Bruce Peninsula, Southern Georgian Bay, 
Ontario’s Lake Country and Lake Simcoe

May Long Weekend at Blue
Blue Mountain Village
Kick off summer in style with our May Long Weekend celebrations, featuring family friendly activities and the Vague de Cirque under the marquee tent.

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May Long Weekend at Blue
Blue Mountain Resort
Kick off summer in style with our May Long Weekend celebrations, featuring a variety of family-friendly activities, live music, and fireworks!

 

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Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
Collingwood
Get active outside with eco-adventure tours, nature trails, suspension bridge, Thunderbird Twin Zip, gemstone mining, mini golf, trout pond and eco tours.

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Casino Rama Resort
Orillia
Rock out in the Great Indoors!  Enjoy the comedy of Wayne Brady or the musical talents of Natlie MacMaster & Donnell Lahey.

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Hardwood Ski and Bike
Oro-Medonte
Hardwood Ski and Bike has over 80 km of beautiful, rolling trails through hardwood and pine forests for mountain biking. In addition to the 34 km of rolling double track trails, there is an additional 50 km of challenging single track trails that intertwine with the ski trail network creating endless possibilities of courses and obstacles.

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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 to Monday! Your pass includes swimming, 100ft waterslide and 4 mini-golf passes for only $55.95 +tax for up to 4.

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Midland Tours
Boat Cruise Season Begins, May 18, 2019
Midland
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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Uke Fest
Midland Cultural Centre, May 17 – 19, 2019
Midland
We will be offering a number of ukulele workshops, jam sessions and performances for players of all skill levels.

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S.S Keewatin
Port McNicoll | Opening Day  May 16, 2019
Experience the grace and power of luxury travel at the dawn of the twentieth century. The world’s last UK-built Edwardian-era passenger steamship, S.S. Keewatin is a time capsule of the elegance and engineering achieved in the same period that spawned Titanic: all original, remarkably preserved.

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Marsh by Moonlight
Wye Marsh, May 18 & 19, 2019
Midland
The Marsh by Moonlight Paddle Series features a guided voyageur style canoe tour through the sparkling moonlight waters of the Wye Marsh.  Twinkling voyageur canoes and boardwalk, night noises, bannock roasted over the open fire accompanied with a hot drink will make for an unforgettable night!  Connect with nature and experience theWye Marsh in a way that not many people have the opportunity to!

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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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Downtown Midland
Midland
Shop, Eat and enjoy a stroll of one of the largest collections of outdoor murals.

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Treetop Trekking
Barrie
Beat the summer rush, and find out why the spring is one of the best times of the year to visit Treetop Trekking!

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Slopeside Adventures at Horseshoe Resort
Barrie
There is a world of Adventure waiting for you at Horseshoe Resort in our 600-acre playground!

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Rounds Ranch
Elmvale
Experience our petting zoo, giant jumping pillows, zip lines, pedal cart racetrack, cornfield maze, and the Ranchland Playground with our jumbo slides! Adults can test their skills at target practice, shooting corn through a high-powered corn canon, or take a scenic ride around the 125-acre farm to view the crops and horses in the fields.

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MacLaren Art Centre
Barrie
SPRING 2019 EXHIBITIONS  – The Clean Shape: Janet Jones, Rita Letendre, Doris McCarthy; Tammi Campbell: Double Remove

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Cottage Country Comin-Con

Orillia
Cottage Country Comic-Con strives to be Ontario’s best and truest comic con featuring fandoms of multiple genres. As long-time fans of comic books, toys, pop-culture, wrestling, cosplay, animation, sci-fi and fantasy, the promoter wanted to bring that style event to Orillia.

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York, Durham and Headwaters

Adamo Estate Winery
Mono
Tastings offered daily. No reservations required. Public tours are available: Saturdays and Sundays at 12pm and 3pm

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Wine Tasting & Tour
Adamo Estate Winery
Mono
Kick off the May long weekend!  Meet our Winemaker Shauna White with a private wine tasting in our Tank Room showcasing our new vintage releases.  Taste them before they hit the shelves!

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Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley

Abbey Gardens
Haliburton
If you want to learn about local food, gardening, energy, sustainable construction techniques, heritage agricultural animals, land restoration or cooking techniques, this is the place to visit! Our site features local food shopping opportunities through our Food Hub, interpretive trails, heritage breed displays, programming and event spaces, picnic areas and kiosks.

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Yours Outdoors
Haliburton 
Yours Outdoors experience packages offer a rich variety of experiential, informative, active, and entertaining activities led by professional guides and involving local experts, naturalists, artisans, and personalities.

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Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve
Haliburton 
Visit the wolf centre, take a hike or ride on the trails or take a tree top canopy tour.

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Algonquin Park, Almaguin Highlands, Muskoka and Parry Sound

Algonquin Highlands Trails
Algonquin Highlands
Where Adventure Awaits! Explore 38kms of hiking trails, hundreds of kms of ATV trails. Backcountry camping, canoeing and kayaking (canoe rentals available). Excellent fishing for Trout, Bass and Whitefish. Visit the Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower & Ontario’s only full size historic Log chute.

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Snoop Dogg & Friends Tour 
Canada Summit Centre, May 19, 2019
Huntsville
Snoop Dogg will be at the Canada Summit Centre on May 19 with guests Warren G, Kurupt, Daz (Dogg Pound) and more.

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Camping Sportsland & Aerial Park
Santa’s Village
Bracebridge
Muskoka Zip Lines & Aerial Park, Sportsland, and Camping open for the season.

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Treetop Trekking
Huntsville
Beat the summer rush, and find out why the spring is one of the best times of the year to visit Treetop Trekking!

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Bog to Bottle Discovery
Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery
Bala
Our Bog to Bottle Discovery runs every day at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. This guided tour of the cranberry marsh is followed by a tutored tasting of award-winning wine. It’s a Muskoka ‘Must-do’ and a Canadian Signature Experience! Taste wine, use our trails, or just shop our store anytime.

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Top 50 Pike Series Fishing Tournament
Huntsville Tri Series
May 19, 2019
The Top 50 Pike Series is back in Huntsville. The Tri-Lakes is always a great event with big fish!! Register your team today.

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Muskoka 24 Craft Beer Festival
May 18, 2019
Huntsville
This festival will showcase some of the best craft beer that our region and province has to offer. Located in Downtown Huntsville’s River Mill Park, patrons will enjoy a view of the beautiful Muskoka River as they take in a day of sampling some exceptional craft beer and listen to some amazing local bands.

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Lake Muskoka Pike Open
May 18, 2019
Muskoka
Boundaries are the lake proper ( No Locking) or closed areas (Muskoka River). All Federal and provincial boating / fishing rules and regulations must be adhered to. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

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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.

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