Happy Victoria Day! Or is that May 2-4?
The May long weekend holiday is officially known as Victoria Day, after the long-reigning British monarch. But in recent years (decades?) Canadians began calling the weekend the May Two-Four weekend, after the copious amounts of beer that gets drunk on the first (fingers-crossed) summery weekend of the year.
Toronto-based illustrator Kinnon Elliott, you might remember her from her entertaining Valentine's Day infographic, has come up with a infographic that looks at the historical roots of the holiday.
Who the heck was Queen Victoria? Why are we still celebrating her birthday more than a 100 years after her death?
Why don't we have a national holiday for beer? Her graphic tries to answer these questions. Happy May Two, er, Victoria Day everyone!
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Fireworks at Ashbridge's Bay on Victoria Day are a yearly tradition and 2013 is no exception. This year's show is slated to run 14 minutes long<a href="http://www.beachesliving.ca/pages/index.php?act=events" target="_blank">, starting at 9:45 in the evening, rain or shine</a>. But be sure to move quickly, the City of Toronto recommends visitors leave their cars at home and take public transit instead. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cbrooker/" target="_blank">The Chris Brooker</a>
Travellers visiting Blue Mountain ski resort in May won't find too much snow, but at the very least, there will be fireworks. The light show is slated for 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 and caps off a day of dancing, live music and face painting, <a href="http://www.bluemountain.ca/events_quickfacts.htm" target="_blank">according to the resort's site. </a> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7GvGL0zTZk" target="_blank">Source</a>
If Toronto isn't an option for firework fans this year, why not try Canada's Wonderland? The theme park is about a 30-minute drive from the downtown core and the show has <a href="https://www.canadaswonderland.com/article/media-center/Victoria-Weekend-Fireworks-at-Canadas-Wonderland" target="_blank">featured over 6,000 explosions in the past</a>. The show is included with park admission.
The Victoria Day long weekend is a busy time for the City of Ottawa. Not only is the Tulip Festival in full swing, but there's also a separate Victoria Day festival at the city's Dow’s Lake, which includes a <a href="http://www.ottawafestivals.ca/news/the-top-10-victoria-day-events-across-canada/" target="_blank">petting zoo, face painting and of course,</a> fireworks.
Travellers who find themselves in the city of London, Ont. can get their fill of fireworks at the Fanshawe Conservation Area. The show starts at dusk, around 9 p.m. and costs $15 for admission (cash only), though early admission starts at 4 p.m.. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_qki310qls" target="_blank">Source</a>
Last year's show may have been cancelled due to a lack of funding, but things are looking a lot brighter for firework goers in Nanaimo, B.C.. This year's Empire Fireworks is back and <a href="http://www.nanaimobulletin.com/news/191695201.html" target="_blank">starts at dusk on May 19 by the downtown waterfront</a>. Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/8510057@N02/" target="_blank">Moosealope</a>
Canada's longest fireworks series returns for one more year and brings a spectacular light show behind a truly unique backdrop. Shows are free of charge and<a href="http://www.niagaraparks.com/attractions/fireworks.html" target="_blank"> run on the Friday, Saturday and Monday</a> of the long weekend at 10 p.m..