Victoria Day May 24 Long Weekend


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 2018?
Monday, May 12, 2018.  The holiday May long weekend runs from May 18-21, 2018 and is the unofficial start of Summer in Ontario. 


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May Long Weekend Events & Atttraction Destinations 

Algonquin Highlands | Barrie | Blue Mountain | Collingwood | Ontario’s Lake Country | Ottawa Valley | Haliburton Highlands | Mattawa | Midland | Muskoka

Algonquin Highlands

Algonquin Highlands Trails
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.

Barrie & Lake Simcoe

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.

Sunday is Funday
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! Save $10 off all individual rate 3-hr Zip Line & Aerial Game Treks in May and June, 2017. Book your adventure with PROMOTION CODE: sunday_funday

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

Yee Haw Weekend
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. 

Blue Mountains, Collingwood & Wasaga Beach

May Long Weekend at Blue
Blue Mountain Village | May 20-22, 2017
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. 

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.

Outdoor Spa
Scandinave Spa, Blue Mountains
Situated in a natural forest, minutes from downtown Collingwood & Blue Mountain Resort, Scandinave Spa™ Blue Mountain offers a unique & tranquil outdoor Spa experience.

Haliburton Highlands

Learn more about Haliburton Highlands & Ontario’s Highlands

Abbey Gardens
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.

Some Like it Hot
Yours Outdoors, Haliburton | May 20, 2017
Put a little sizzle in your life. Warm up to the art in you with a full day introduction to glassblowing by artists inspired by the nature of the Haliburton Highlands. You will create several pieces of glass art. Throw in some spicy cuisine and warm hospitality and you have a very hot arts adventure.

Opening Weekend
SUPnorth Paddleboard Adventures, Haliburton

Mattawa Voyageur Country

Learn more about Mattawa Voyageur Country

Mattawa Voyageur Country is recognized as one of Canada’s leading sustainable outdoor recreation regions. It is the “gateway community” of choice for people looking to visit or relocate to an area with exceptional natural beauty, rich culture and heritage attributes, high-quality trail-based experiences and outdoor adventures, a clean environment and a friendly, small-town atmosphere.

Midland & Area

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Boat Cruise Season Begins
Midland Tours | May 20, 2017
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.

Get on Board and Feel the Past
Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene | May 20, 2017 (Opening Day)
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.

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.

Uke Fest
Midland Cultural Centre | May 19 – 21, 2017
We will be offering a number of ukulele workshops, jam sessions and performances for players of all skill levels.  Headlining our Saturday night concert this year is the award winning, ukulele-cello duo JAMES HILL & ANNE JANELLE.

Tours Begin
S.S Keewatin, Port McNicoll | May 18, 2017
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.

Guided Birding Walk
Wye Marsh, Midland | May 21, 2017
We will look for returning migrants, including warblers and possible shorebirds, raptors and waterfowl. We’ll also search for our own returning nesters. We should see woodpeckers, nuthatches, thrushes, finches, and of course our favourite chickadees, who have spent the winter cheering us through the cold weather.

Canoe & Kayak Tours Begin
Wye Marsh, Midland | May 20, 2017
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.  

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.


Learn more about Muskoka Tourism

Taboo Muskoka Customer Appreciation Day 
Taboo Muskoka Golf Resort, Gravenhurst
It’s time to tee off at Taboo. Consistently voted among Canada’s Top 50 courses and renowned for its panoramic beauty and innovative use of the dramatic Canadian Shield landscape, the Taboo golf course is a captivating and challenging layout set at the gateway to Muskoka, one of Canada’s truly outstanding golf destinations.

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

Sunday is Funday
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! Save $10 off all individual rate 3-hr Zip Line & Aerial Game Treks in May and June, 2017. Book your adventure with PROMOTION CODE: sunday_funday

Bog to Bottle Discovery
Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh & Muskoka Lakes 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. 

Ontario’s Lake Country

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Tap into Maple
Ontario’s Lake Country
March 1 – May 31, 2017
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!

Live Concerts
Casino Rama Resort, Orillia | May 19 & 20, 2017
Rock on at the Great Indoors. Enjoy Riverdance live in concert during the May long weekend.

Bike Season is Open
Hardwood Ski and Bike, Oro
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.

Ottawa Valley

Learn more about the Ottawa Valley

The Ottawa Valley is a four-season destination for intrepid explorers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Outfitters, trippers and guides are always ready to lead our guests into the uncharted wilderness, abundant snowfalls and the roaring whitewater of the Ottawa River, making this a hotspot for outdoor adventure.  

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
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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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 .