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    Posted: May/12/2009 at 7:41am

Victoria Day 2009 Long Weekend Overview

Victoria Day is a public holiday observed across Canada on the Monday before May 25th. In 2009, Victoria day falls on Monday, May 18.

Victoria Day celebrates the Sovereign's birthday (Canada is still a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, of which the Queen is head).

Victoria 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 or, in Ontario, as the May Two-Four (a case of beer there is called a "two-four"). The weekend is also called the May 24th weekend, although it does not necessarily fall on May 24th.

The 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.
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