In Canada, Victoria Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer. Not sure how to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday with your significant other this year? Here are some ideas to get you started:
Head to cottage country.
Get away for the weekend and rent a cottage by the water somewhere. Invite some other couples or keep it just the two of you. Unplug and spend a day or two reading, playing board games, canoeing, chilling on the dock — don’t forget the sunscreen — and cooking over a grill or open fire.
For the outdoorsy couple, camping might be the perfect quick getaway. Just make sure you’re both okay with relaxed hygiene standards and slightly uncomfortable sleeping arrangements for a couple days.
Note: Many campgrounds ban alcohol on this particular weekend, so do your research if beer is an important ingredient to your May 21-23 weekend.
Watch fireworks. Or set them off yourselves.
In almost every town and city across the country you can find a fireworks display. Grab a blanket and snacks and join the rest of your community oohing and aahing over the impressive show in the sky. Or find a nearby rooftop patio where you can watch the fireworks from a romantic table for two.
If you have enough space — country folks, this is you — consider setting off your own fireworks. Invite some friends over, get a campfire roaring, and watch fireworks while you snack on s’mores.
Get the royal treatment.
This is the weekend to book a high tea date at a local hotel. Or host your own Victorian-themed tea party or dinner party. (Recommended movie viewing: Young Victoria.)
The weather is no longer frightful. Get outside and get dirty (in the garden) together. Stock up on supplies at a garden centre and spend a day in the sun and soil. Reward your hard work with a cold beer. It is May 21-23, after all.
Speaking of beer…. Instead of shelling out for a 24-pack of brewskies, consider sampling local craft beers. Create your own sampling menu at home — bonus points if you nail your beer-and-food pairings — or tour a microbrewery or two and learn to appreciate the science behind your favourite summer beverage.
As always, please imbibe responsibly.
Be a local tourist.
As summer kicks off, cities come to life. Farmer’s markets open and street festivals pop up. Be on the lookout for rib fests, family-friendly events, country fairs, community picnics and outdoor concerts. Go on a winery tour. Grab an ice cream cone and go for a walk along a boardwalk.
Embrace the staycation and play tourist in your hometown.