It's Victoria Day, and I AM (a) CANADIAN

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Queen VictoriaToday is Victoria Day in Canada, a national holiday honouring Queen Victoria's birthday, and our national connection to Britain and the Royal Monarchy. Queen Victoria was in charge of things in the UK from 1837 to 1901, and was the first sovereign - though more ceremonial - head of Canada too.

After spending some time on Wikipedia, I learned that the first Victoria Day was celebrated back in 1854, thirteen years before Canada was even a country. In my own province of Nova Scotia (which means New Scotland in Latin) we have many close ties to our British and Scottiish ancestors - we love our kilts and tartans - and who doesn't love a statutory holiday?

On the other side of the country in British Columbia - many would probably assume that Vancouver is the capital city. But in fact, it's Victoria. Another little known fact is that I was born in Victoria, and lived there for about two weeks. Military dad.

Victoria (the city, not the Queen) has some really nice Parliament Buildings - the Provincial Legislature is pictured below:

Victoria Legislature

 Photo by Ryan Bushby - Creative Commons 2.5      


So have a great Victoria Day whatever country you're living in.

Comments (16)

Eric Reid
Renaissance Realty Group of Keller Williams Atlanta Partners - Lawrenceville, GA

Happy Victoria day .. I love the way you say Queen Victoria was in charge of things .. does say allot about Canada's relationship with the Monarchy. Long live all of us.

May 19, 2008 01:06 PM
Kevin Bungert
ReMax Professional Group - East Northport, NY
Jason- Canada has had it too good for too long! Have a great Day! Kevin
May 19, 2008 01:14 PM
Jason Todd
Compelling Media + Design - Halifax, NS

Thanks Eric - a lot of our history is tied to Britain. You'll see some Canadian and British spellings of certain words in my blog.

Thanks for stopping by -

May 19, 2008 01:15 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Hi Jason: Here's wishing you a Happy Victoria Day. So, just curious. What kind of things do you yourself do to celebrate Victoria Day ? Have one for me, Jason. Take care...

May 19, 2008 01:16 PM
Jason Todd
Compelling Media + Design - Halifax, NS

Thanks Kevin - we just need to get some more Canucks on AR!

May 19, 2008 01:17 PM
Kristal Kraft
Novella Real Estate - Denver, CO
Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

Happy Victoria Day!  My Mom was Canadian so that makes me a very good skater!  :)  Nah not really it actually skipped a generation...  It would be  nice if you could send us down some good hockey players....please?

May 19, 2008 03:50 PM
Kent Simpson
Realty One Group Mountain Desert - Tucson, AZ
Real Estate Is About People

Happy Victoria Day, my Canadian cousin!  I hope you enjoy it thoroughly.

May 19, 2008 04:18 PM
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

The beer commercial is hysterical!  Thanks Jason.

May 19, 2008 07:53 PM
Larry Estabrooks
Independent Real Estate Agent - Moncton, NB
100% representation means NEVER DUAL AGENCY !
Jason, thanks for your Victoria Day post to the Canadian group.
May 20, 2008 11:25 AM
Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

Hey cool Victoria Day Blog!  Your orange little pic with the white is that an accurate portrayal??  Tell me true?  smile

Jun 02, 2008 10:35 AM
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS

Loved the Molsen commercials and I am a big James T Kirk fan! ;)

Where ya been?

Jun 03, 2008 10:57 AM
Jason Todd
Compelling Media + Design - Halifax, NS

Thanks to all that stopped by - open invitation to visit the great white north :)

Jun 11, 2008 02:59 AM
Sandi Gerrard
Toronto, ON

Cheers to that ... and soon we celebrate Canada Day !


Jun 13, 2008 02:29 AM
Jason Todd
Compelling Media + Design - Halifax, NS

Sandi - where did mid-May and early-June go?

Jun 13, 2008 11:26 PM
Barrie Clulow
My Time Is My Own - Uxbridge, ON

Jason - Your Videos seem to have run their course both put out a Were sorry, this video is no longer available.

Canadian Bloggers Connect 

Jun 15, 2008 02:58 AM
Steven Nickens
Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

What a geat city.  I really hope I can make another trip to your beautiful city again.


Jul 08, 2008 01:00 PM