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Victoria Day vs. May 2-4: Kinnon Elliott Infographic Looks At Holiday's History

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!

Check out more of her work.

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  • Ashbrige's Bay, Toronto, Ontario

    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>

  • Blue Mountain, Collingwood, Ontario

    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>

  • Canada's Wonderland, Vaughan, Ontario

    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.

  • Dow’s Lake, Ottawa, Ontario

    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.

  • Fanshawe Conservation Area, London, Ontario

    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>

  • Downtown Waterfront, Nanaimo, British Columbia

    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>

  • Queen Victoria Park, Niagara Falls, Ontario

    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..


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