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Exploring Canada’s Celebration of Queen Victoria– What is Victoria Day? 
exploring canadas celebration of queen victoria what is victoria day

Exploring Canada’s Celebration of Queen Victoria– What is Victoria Day? 

What is Victoria Day? 

Victoria Day is a Canadian holiday celebrated on the last Monday before May 25th. This year it falls on May 20th, and is a holiday to honor Queen Victoria. Queen Victoria was the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom and Ireland when Canada was formed as a country in 1867. This holiday began in 1845, and was originally celebrated on Queen Victoria’s natural birthday, May 24. This holiday holds historical significance to many as it signifies Canada’s ties to the British monarchy, and its colonial past. This holiday now reflects Canada’s evolution into its own country, while still honoring the legacy of Queen Victoria. 

Victoria Day is a public holiday celebrated with parades, BBQ’s, fireworks, and many outdoor activities. As Canada transitions to the Summer season during this time, Victoria Day long weekend is a great way for families to embrace the warm weather and spend some time outdoors.  

Is it a Statutory Holiday? 

Victoria is a federal statutory holiday meaning that it is recognized as a holiday throughout the whole nation of Canada. 

Events Taking Place on Victoria Day Long Weekend 

1) British Car Show at VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver 

The British Field Meet Car Show will take place at VanDusen Botanical Garden on May 18th, 2024. This event is the largest of its kind in Western Canada, and tickets for the event must be purchased here. The British Car Show is an all-ages event with a car show of British vehicles, and motorcycles. Vehicle models such as Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Aston Martins, and Land Rovers will all be featured. This event will also have various food trucks, vehicles from local dealerships, live entertainment, and motor part companies.  

2) Victoria Day Parade in Victoria, B.C.

The Victoria Day Parade will take place on May 20th, 2024 in Victoria, B.C. This parade will begin at Mayfair Mall, and will travel down Douglas Street. After 24 blocks of celebration, the parade will finish at the corner of Courtney Street and Douglas. The parade will start at 9:00am, and will finish around noon, making it one of the biggest, and longest parades in Canada. Centennial Square will also have various vendors, and food trucks open to the public after the parade, until 5:00pm on the 20th. 

Other Events Hosted in Vancouver on Victoria Day

Fort Langley May Day Parade– May 20, 2024: More Information

CloverDale Rodeo & Country Fair– May 17-20, 2024: More Information 

Sources: British Car Show, ABFM Car Show, Victoria Day Parade, Why Do We Celebrate Victoria Day

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