May Long Weekend Events & Activities

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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 near or far north destination north in Ontario 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 21, 2018.  The holiday May long weekend runs from May 18-21, 2018 and is the unofficial start of Summer in Ontario < cue the sparklers! 

 

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May Long Weekend Events & Atttraction Destinations 

Algonquin Highlands | Barrie | Blue Mountain | Collingwood | Ontario’s Lake Country | Ottawa Valley | Haliburton Highlands | 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.


Alliston, Mono, Barrie & Lake Simcoe

Victoria Day Family Fun Pass
May 18-21, 2018
Nottawasaga Inn Resort, Alliston
Treat the kids this Victoria Day Weekend to our Family Fun Pass available from Friday May 18 to Monday May 21! Your pass includes swimming, 100ft waterslide and 4 mini-golf passes for only $55.95 +tax for up to 4.

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!

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. 

Art Exhibition
MacLaren Art Centre
SPRING 2018 EXHIBITIONS  – Longevity or a Lack Thereof Anthea Black and Thea Yabut, Francisco-Fernando Granados, Derek Liddington, Alex Morrison, Meghan Price March 29 – June 24, 2018.

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


Blue Mountains, Collingwood & Wasaga Beach

May Long Weekend at Blue
Blue Mountain Village | May 19-21, 2018
Kick off summer in style with our May Long Weekend celebrations, featuring family friendly activities and the Vague de Cirque under the marquee tent. 

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 19, 2018
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.

High Five
Yours Outdoors, Haliburton | May 19, 2018
It will be high fives all around after you experience zip lining and conquer several elements of the high ropes course at the Medeba Adventure Learning Centre.  This is a great adventure for friends and families who want to push the limits in a fun and safe setting.

Adventure Haliburton
Best day trip experiences. 2018 activities TBA.


Midland & Area

Learn more about Midland Tourism

Boat Cruise Season Begins
Midland Tours | May 20, 2018 
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 | (Opening Day May 19, 2018)
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 18 – 20, 2018
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 | Opening Day  May 20, 2018
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.

Marsh by Moonlight
Wye Marsh, Midland | May 19 & 20, 2018
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!

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.

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


Muskoka

Learn more about Muskoka Tourism

Camping Sportsland & Aerial Park
May 19 & 20, 2018
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.

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. 

Top 50 Pike Series Fishing Tournament
Huntsville Tri Series
May 20, 2018
The Top 50 Pike Series is back in Huntsville Sunday May 20th, 2018!! The Tri-Lakes is always a great event with big fish!! Register your team today.

Muskoka 24 Craft Beer Festival
May 19, 2018
The Downtown Huntsville BIA is excited to announce that plans are underway to host the third annual Muskoka 2-4 Craft Beer Festival on Saturday May 19th. 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.

Lake Muskoka Pike Open
May 19, 2018
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.


Ontario’s Lake Country

Learn more about Ontario’s Lake Country

Tap into Maple
Ontario’s Lake Country
March 1 – May 31, 2018
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.

Live Concerts
Casino Rama Resort, Rama 
Rock on at the Great Indoors. See Hollywood Vampires (May 18) or Petula Clark (May 19).

Bike Season 
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

See: Ontario May Getaways


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.