In 2012, Victoria Day falls on Monday, May 21.
Day celebrates Queen Victoria's birthday (May 24th). Canada is still a
member of the Commonwealth of Nations, of which the Queen is head.
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
in Britain 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. And, the Cloverdale Rodeo close to my home happens on this weekend as well.
The Victoria Day Weekend always falls on the weekend before Memorial Day in the U.S.
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.
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.
HAVE A HAPPY WEEKEND.