: May 18, 2020
Happy Birthday, Queen Victoria!
In 2020 the Victoria Day holiday is on Monday, May 18. Victoria Day is a Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the Monday preceding May 25 in every province and territory. It honours Queen Victoria's birthday. In Quebec this holiday is called "National Patriotes Day" (Journée nationale des patriotes).
Victoria Day was declared a Canadian holiday by the government in 1845. When Queen Victoria died in 1901, Canada's Parliament officially named the holiday Victoria Day to honour Queen Victoria's birthday.
A little bit of History:
For many Canadians, the Victoria Day holiday weekend is the time to start thinking about summer. But why do we celebrate the birthday of Queen Victoria, who died nearly 115 years ago?
Until 1956, the birthday of the monarch—that’s the king or queen—of Great Britain was also celebrated in Canada, sometimes on his or her own birthday (or close to it). Now all monarchs are celebrated on Victoria Day.
Queen Victoria was important in the creation of our country. She was Queen when Canada became its own country in 1867, and she was the one who chose Ottawa as our Capital. After she died in 1901, the Canadian government declared there would be a holiday in her honour.
Traditionally, Victoria Day weekend also marked the official beginning of BBQ & cottage season and enjoying the great outdoors. However, this year we know that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will look different. Please continue to follow all Health and Government guidelines - physical distancing (6 feet apart), wear a mask, wear gloves, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap and no social gatherings/parties. We can still enjoy the weekend with our families by spending time outside - gardening, going for a walk, bike riding and enjoying a BBQ family dinner! Happy Victoria Day!