Real Estate Agent with Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty, Victoria BC Canada

Victoria Day (Monday May 23 this year) is a statutory holiday in Canada, except for the Atlantic Provinces (why not the Atlantic provinces? I don't really know!)

Queen Victoria in Victoria, BC Inner Harbour




This coming long weekend (May 22/23) is a lasting reminder of our colonial history. It falls on the weekend before Memorial Day in the United States.

Victoria Day is officially the Sovereign's birthday. It dates back to 1845 with Queen Victoria's birthday. After the Queen died, Parliament established May 23 or 24, as a legal holiday.

Since 1952 the celebration of Victoria has made the event the first long weekend to start the summer season. So, naturally we're all hoping for sunny weather, especially after our cool spring.


Victoria's Hanging BasketsTotem Pole in Victoria BC




The city of Victoria celebrates with many events, starting with the Island Farms Victoria Day Parade at 9:00 a.m. from Mayfair Mall and continuing to the downtown core.

Over 120,000 spectators watch the parade, which takes at least 3 hours to pass by.



This year there will be 145 bands and floats, including 21 visiting American high school and college bands, some of which perform and entertain in front of our Legislature on Sunday May 22 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Legislative Buildings Victoria, BC

It's always a fun day, with young and old alike joining in the celebration.

Photos courtesy of Gary Woodburn.


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Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty
4460 Chatterton Way, Victoria, BC Canada V8X 5J2

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Comments (2)

Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
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David - When we were young (a long time ago) Victoria day weekend was the weekend everyone opened up the cottage now many those cottages are now 4 season homes but this is still one of the busiest weekends on the road. Buckle up and stay safe

May 18, 2011 01:05 PM
David Stevens
Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty, Victoria BC Canada - Victoria, BC
Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty

Kathy - thanks for your comment :) I loved living in Ontario (Bayfield, on Lake Huron with lots of cottages), and I remember the Victoria Day long weekend there. I enjoyed both summer and winter there. Hope your weekend is great!

May 19, 2011 04:42 AM