Victoria Day in 2017

In 2017 the Victoria Day holiday is on Monday, May 22.

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 is also commonly referred to as the "May two-four weekend" or the "May long weekend" and it marks the unofficial start of the cottage season where cases of beer* are consumed by hard working Canadians. That's what we heard anyway. Or maybe it's called May two-four because May 24, 1819 is Queen Victoria's birthday :-)

FYI: Prince Edward (1767–1820) after whom PEI was named was Queen Victoria's father.

Victoria Day is a non-statutory "general" holiday in the maritime provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI. In Quebec the National Patriots' Day is commemorted on this day.

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*A case of beer containing 24 bottles or cans is called a two-four.

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Posted by Charles:

The name of the holiday should be changed to something that better represents modern Canada. The British Crown has done nothing but oppress true Canadians.

Posted by Joe from NL:

I am not sure where your information comes from but Victoria Day has been a stat holiday in NL as far as I can remember...and as others said we are not part of the maritime.

Posted by Tom Shanahan:

Let's have a NEW Canada-wide holiday and call it " First Nations Day ".

Posted by Duff:

Living in several different Canadian cities over the last 40 years, I have never once in my life heard anyone refer to May-long as "May 2-4 weekend".

Posted by Andrew:

Re:Posted by Nickyninetoes : Before you criticize Canada learn your history. Victoria died well before WW1. She was (until recently) the longest reigning Monarch. Her titles included Queen of Canada and Empress of India. She was the Monarch at the time of Confederation, therefore we celebrate her birth. Celebration of someone that sent "colonials" to die for empire? I think you are confusing that with your Memorial Day celebration.

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