Things to do for Victoria Day Long Weekend

The last Monday before May 25th is officially cause for celebration since 1845, when the public holiday originally fell on Queen Victoria’s actual birthday, May 24th. Today, the May long weekend is used to observe the current reigning Canadian sovereign’s birthday, as well as give the country a leisurely three days to kick off the summer season.

For those of us in the Lower Mainland, we are fortunate to have an abundance of surrounding beauty to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Why not take the opportunity this coming weekend to explore it? From day trips to overnight getaways, here’s our list of the best ways to get the most of your weekend.

  1. Visit Victoria! BC Ferries’ multiple sailing times will have you on Vancouver Island in little over an hour and a half, where you’ll find laid-back island charm in BC’s capital city. Named after the Queen herself, Victoria offers outdoor adventures and a burgeoning culinary and craft beer scene, as well as traditions like afternoon tea and heritage architecture reminiscent of its British roots. Formal gardens, ocean-side trails, shopping, and the majestic Parliament Buildings are just a few of the experiences that await you.

  1. An hour’s drive from downtown Vancouver, Golden Ears Park is a recreational jackpot for outdoors’ lovers. One of the largest parks in BC, Golden Ears’ extensive trails are perfect for both hiking and horseback riding. Alouette Lake also offers swimming, windsurfing, water-skiing, canoeing, boating and fishing. Canoes, kayaks and pedal boats are available for rent at Alouette’s day-use area starting May long weekend. Don’t fancy the drive back to soon? The park also has three large campgrounds.

  1. Explore the spectacular beauty of Indian Arm with Harbour Cruise’s 4-hour luncheon cruise. Starting in the inner harbour at 501 Denman St., the luxurious M.V. Harbour Princess will meander through the Burrard Inlet and then North along the Coast Mountain range. Once glaciated, the 18km fjord is now lush green forest and populated with private islands, spectacular waterfront homes, wildlife, and Silver Falls. Bring your camera!

  1. Hop the ferry or jet over on Harbour Air to Salt Spring Island for their famous “Make it, Bake it, Grow it!” Saturday market! An artisan’s haven, Salt Spring also offers a flourishing agricultural scene, beautiful beaches and outdoor adventures. For a truly relaxing retreat, the Stowel Lake Organic Farm Wellness Centre runs Yoga on the Farm for the May long weekend. Immerse yourself in yoga practice, fresh food, and natural beauty.

  1. Have a staycation! Play tourist in your own town and indulge in the Vancouver you might not always take the opportunity to see. For the Best of Vancouver on Foot, from art walks to adventurous geocaching and serene nature walks in the city’s best parks, there’s something for every mood.

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