Make the Most of May Long

It’s the three days most Canadians wait for all year: the May Long weekend. No matter what you call it – May Long, May two-four, or just Victoria Day – that extra day off, this year on May 23, marks the unofficial start to summer. But how exactly should you celebrate those days off? We have a few suggestions.

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Camping, of course

Since Canadians love to be outside at the first hint of warm weather, it’s no surprise that May Long is one of the more popular camping weekends of the year. Many camp grounds across Canada open up to the public that weekend – check your province’s website for provincial park details, or look into a national park near you.

Want to try a different camping experience? Consider a park that hosts yurt camping. Yurts are wooden frames with windows, enveloped with canvas, and are provided by the park. Or try the old fashioned tent setup in your own backyard.

Open the cottage

For many Canadians, Victoria Day is also known as cottage opening day. Highways are filled with people driving to the cabin – so make sure you leave early. While BBQs will be turned on and bonfires will be made, cottagers will also be putting in a lot of work, cleaning out their cabins, raking the leaves and just getting ready for the summer.

For many Canadians, Victoria Day is also known as cottage opening day. Highways are filled with people driving to the cabin – so make sure you leave early.

Why not invite some friends up to the cottage to kick off the opening? Feed them some drinks and steaks and hopefully they’ll help you clean up.

Go gardening

Now’s the time to start thinking about what fresh vegetables or flowers you want to plan. If it’s not too cold, dig out your weeds, mix in some compost and turn that soil. This is the perfect opportunity to get your seeds and bulbs planted in time for a beautiful summer display.

If gardening isn’t your thing, you can still pick up a bevy of fresh veggies at the many Farmers’ Markets that open their doors on Victoria Day. Though they may not have their full spread of produce yet, many markets do have a variety of products and crafts ready to go. Some also have activities for families.

Here’s to patio hopping

There’s a saying that good things come in threes – and for Canadians that’s drinks, food and patios. Eating outside is pretty much the only thing that gets people through the winters, so find your nearest patio as soon as work lets out that weekend. Some will even open up in milder weather, so call ahead to find out which spot has opened itself to the outdoors.

Whatever you plan for this long weekend, take the time to participate in an activity that you’ll both enjoy and remember. With the busy schedules that life throws at us, long weekends like this should be treasured.

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