Fishing on Lake Simcoe
Ontario's summer begins and ends unofficially with two long weekends: Victoria Day in May and Labour Day in September. The weather this year has been fantastic!
Most Canadians don't consciously think about it any more, but May 24 was Queen Victoria's birthday. All countries in the British Empire celebrated her special day, and let's face it, it IS a great time of year to have a party!
I guess Canada's Parliament thought so too because after Queen Victoria's death in 1901, it declared May 24 the official day to celebrate the birthdays of all reigning British monarchs.
Unfortunately, May 24 does not always occur on a weekend! So in 1952, the date was changed to the last Monday before May 25, creating a long May weekend every year.
This weekend many Ontarians are opening their cottages, planting their gardens (risk of frost is pretty much past for this spring), spending time with family, or escaping routine by doing something special.
Here's a bit of trivia for non-Canadians: Many party-lovers call this holiday May Two-Four, a double entendre that refers to Queen Victoria's actual birthday and to Canadian slang for a case of 24 beers, a popular drink during long weekends.
Glorious start to summer 2012
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