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Making the most of a long weekend

Whether you call it Victoria Day, May 2-4 or anything else, the first official warm weather long weekend is on the way. For many Canadians, this is the time to head up to the cottage, open the pool or get dirty in the garden.  For the rest of us Victoria Day offers a chance to unwind with good food, good drinks, and even better company.

If you’re looking for something to get up to over the long weekend, here are some of our favourite ways to celebrate Victoria Day:

  1. Host a BBQ

Gathering friends and family for a BBQ is definitely the go-to Victoria Day celebration for many Canadians. It’s easy, it’s fun and really, there is nothing that signals the start of the season like the smell of a fired up grill.

Just be sure to check your propane tank well in advance. There are several methods for determining how much propane you have left, but the easiest way is to use a propane tank gauge.

  1. Go on a Retail Road Trip

Victoria Day weekend is the perfect time to get into the car with a few of your favourite people and go exploring. This is especially true if you’re into treasure hunting.  We love nothing more than heading out to some of Ontario’s smaller communities and checking out antique shops, local artisans and farmer’s markets.

We happen to be partial to St. Jacobs, Ontario, which boasts two fantastic antique malls, an outlet mall, and a spectacular indoor and outdoor farmers’ market.

Keep in mind that the long weekend is also prime garage sale season, so your road trip could very take place on foot.

  1. Take a Hike (or stroll)

Speaking of “on foot”, if you’re the outdoorsy type, then you’ve likely been itching for the chance to get out and do some hiking, biking or even just walking. Here in Ontario, we have numerous trails that are just perfect for exploring.  There are easy, paved trails for those who simply want a gentle stroll, and breathtaking, woodland elevations for those looking for a more challenging adventure. Wondering where to wander? The Ontario Trails Council and The Waterfront Trail are excellent resources.

  1. Outdoor DIY

Yes, we know that working on projects isn’t everyone’s idea of a celebration. However, long weekends give us the gift of time. And that’s something that many of us just don’t have on an average two-day weekend.  The long weekend offers the perfect opportunity to build that tree house your kids have been asking for, or to start your first vegetable garden.  Maybe you can even gather some buddies and go to work on your deck?

If this is your plan for the Victoria Day long weekend, you won’t be alone. That’s why you see so many people wandering through garden centres during this particular long weekend.

Definitely combine this with option 1. Because outdoor projects and BBQ are truly a homeowner’s match made in heaven.


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