Victoria Day 2013 Long Weekend OverviewVictoria Day is a public holiday observed across Canada on the Monday before May 25th.
In 2013, Victoria Day falls on Monday, May 20.
Victoria Day celebrates Queen Victoria's birthday (May 24th). Canada is still a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, of which the Queen is head.
Victoria Day is always on a Monday, and thus the holiday is part of a long weekend, which is commonly referred to as the Victoria Day Weekend, the May Long Weekend, the May Long, or the May Two-Four (a case of beer there is called a "two-four" and many of these are consumed over the holiday). The weekend is also called the May 24th weekend, although it does not necessarily fall on May 24th.
The Victoria Day Weekend always falls on the weekend before Memorial Day in the U.S.
The Victoria Day Weekend is the first popular weekend for spring / summer travel. Lots of people open up their cottages, plant gardens, or just get away. Expect crowds at resorts and hotels and busy highways. Fireworks displays are common, especially on Monday night.
See a rundown of Things to Do for the May Long Weekend
Banks, schools, many stores and restaurants are closed on the Monday. Call ahead to find out about other attractions and tourist spots. Public transportation will run on a holiday schedule.
When is Victoria Day?2010: Monday, May 24, 2010
2011: Monday, May 23, 2011
2012: Monday, May 21, 2012
2013: Monday, May 20, 2013
2014: Monday, May 19, 2014
2015: Monday, May 18, 2015