Ah, May long weekend. Also known as May two-four, May 24th weekend, or, it’s official name, Victoria Day. Monday May 21st is this year’s Victoria Day, a statutory holiday in Canada. Many Canadians (who don’t work in tourism and hospitality) will have a relaxing, fun, and hopefully sunny long weekend, enjoying an extra day off on Monday. But why do we have Monday off?
The real reason is that May 24th was Queen Victoria’s birthday (pictured above), and Canada, being part of the Commonwealth, celebrates by having the day as a stat holiday.
Summer is (almost) here!
Victoria Day weekend, weather permitting, is widely seen as an unofficial kick-off to summer. Mostly all of the provincial parks’ campgrounds in Nova Scotia begin their seasons this weekend, and many smaller, tourism-based communities use the long weekend to open their doors and mark the beginning of tourism season. Many people plan the first weekend away at the cottage, camping, or just to travel to a nearby city or destination.
What’s going on in Halifax?
While many people may be getting out of the city on May long weekend, there will also be an influx of participants and fans of the 9th Annual Scotiabank Bluenose Marathon! Offering youth runs, 5k, 10k half and full races, there’s something for everyone (including cheering on the runners from the sidelines). Marathon-related events run Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Every year the marathon fills Halifax with an exciting buzz!
Head to Hali
From out of town? Not from Nova Scotia? Join us in Halifax for a fun-filled weekend. Head down to the waterfront and check out the I Heart Bikes kiosk, offering hourly and daily rentals along with bike tours of the city! A great way to learn about Halifax. Present your coupon and receive a 10% discount at our restaurant, Seasons by Atlantica.
The streets will be bustling with visitors, marathon runners and locals alike. As usual the nightlife will be busy with pubs and restaurants open in full force on the waterfront. Live music is always on the agenda in downtown Halifax. Kick off your summer with some Halifax fun!