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, PEI and Newfoundland. 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 Rachel :

Man! I don't really get why kings and queens are so important in Canada. But, I do like the name Victoria.

Posted by Canada Guy:

I love the Monarchy. That's the reason why we as Canadians have universal healthcare and the Americans don't.

Posted by Nickyninetoes :

Victoria day. Sure celebrate a monarch who was basically useless. She sent all the colonies under her control to fight so she could remain a monarch. Yes many commonwealth men died and so did many French and Americans. Yet Canada remains tied to this archaic holiday. You are now free and independent of Mothers "teat" Britain. Become like us Americans resourceful and vigilantly independent. I love Canada and the USA. Commemorate WW1 not a queens birthday.

Posted by Dale Forest Wind:

Always love a sense of humour, it keeps life refreshing. The mention of the two four holiday has inspired me to marinate my steak in beer. Am rather bemused with those who believe that only those who embrace the British colonial aspect of our history are somehow more 'true' red and white than those who enjoy diversity. Have spent decades researching history and enjoy it immensely without becoming a sour lemon. When one has lemons, make lemonade! One can appreciate the historical aspects of history without being a monarchist. For those who wish non-monarchists to leave the country, we will not and I will continue to flip my coins over to avoid viewing the Queen of England. (Prepare for seismic rumblings of outrage from the monarchists, as I said the Queen of England and not Canada.) Always entertaining to view the outrage when other Canadians do not always embrace the monarchy. ;-) I for one, will read a tome about the 1837 Rebellions. At least we ended up getting Responsible Government as a result of having the Rebellions, even if many of the rebellious ones were sent off to a penal colony in Australia. Today, we don't risk being shipped off to Van Diemen's Land for having a differing opinion. Perhaps, a few will want to ship me off the the Klingon Penal colony of Rura Penthe for my robust independent thinking. Will have to take a two four just to keep me warm, should they ever catch me, which is unlikely. As for leaving the country, why bother, as sometime in the future, Canada at some point in time will inevitably become a republic, but, one can always keep some parts of a Parliamentary system, thus making Canada a true hybrid, a mixture of fascinating things, with Question Period and the end of our colonial links. That will rattle the tea cups at The Empress during Victorian afternoon tea! Pass the scones. Shirley, we were a colony of Great Britain in the past. However, times have changed and we have evolved from colony to nation. Some need to get over the fact the the country has moved on. Growing up consists of accepting a variety of viewpoints and not pretending that there is only one Canadian perspective. Morris, hate to be the bearer of factual news, but Canada was built by a variety of people, not only white Anglo Saxons. A day also for gardening, the frosts have finally left, bringing a humidex of 36 C. (Well, except for the snow that some out West are experiencing.) Brrr! Happy Holidays.

Posted by Ed:

What could be more Canadian than complaining about complaining? Happy Patriots' Victory Day or Queen Dollard Day or whatever it's called. Happy free Monday!!!

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