Since it was first declared a holiday in 1845, Victoria Day (unofficially recognized as Firecracker Day early on) quickly grew into one of Canada’s biggest celebrations, featuring entertainment such as fireworks, amusement rides, and musical performances.
Now, 170 years later, Canadians are proving that their enthusiasm for this special day is still very much alive and well. As a matter of fact, Victoria Day is now somewhat of a rite of passage into spring, and the kick-off to great weather and activities such as opening up the cottage, first camping trips, road trips, and BBQs – a truly exclusive celebration of all that it means to be Canadian.
Well, another Victoria Day is finally here again so, if you’ll be in Ottawa over the long weekend, make sure you celebrate it to its fullest. While the meaning of Victoria Day is different for everyone—from family time to celebrating history to being proud of our country; it is definitely something for everyone to experience and enjoy. Be sure to book one of the downtown Ottawa hotels early, and be as close as possible to all of the activities and festivities.
The Top Activities for the Victoria Day Long Weekend
Ottawa has some of the best activities year-round, but during the long weekend for Victoria Day, there are some unique events that do not happen the rest of the year. Hotels downtown are within walking distance to all of the fun, so make sure to check out some of these fun long weekend activities:
- First and foremost, make sure you don’t miss out on THE festival of the day – the “Victoria Day Festival”. Taking place at Queen Juliana Park, on Victoria Day Monday, this year’s lineup has something for the entire family. Enjoy a wide range of midway rides with your loved ones, make a few new furry friends at the petting zoo, or simply relax while enjoying refreshments from a large selection of food and beverage concession stands. The fun doesn’t end at sundown though – when the clock strikes 10PM, you’ll have the opportunity to marvel at a wonderful and traditional fireworks display to close out the day.
- Go to the Tulip Festival – What better way to celebrate the season than walking around through the Tulip Festival. The festival wraps up over the long weekend and this once-a-year event features more than a million tulips. The fireworks display can be seen over Dow’s Lake on Sunday night and there will be numerous artists showcasing their best products at the Big Urban Living Boutique.
- Visit an Ottawa Farmers’ Market – Taste fresh food and fare, delightful baked goods and some of the freshest produce, all at the Ottawa Farmer’s Market and the Metcalfe Farmers’ Market.
- Overlap with International Museum Day – If you are taking advantage of the long weekend then do not forget that Victoria Day is also International Museum Day. Some museums in the area may offer a reduced admission rate or free admission too.
There are plenty of hotels to choose from in downtown Ottawa, but at Cartier Place Suite Hotels, you get a comfortable stay within walking distance of it all. As one of the few pet-friendly accommodations in Ottawa, we want to provide you with a convenient stay while you enjoy a holiday that celebrates everything there is to love about Canada.
Book your stay online now or contact our hotel’s information desk at 1-800-236-8399.