Victoria Day in 2019

In 2019 the Victoria Day holiday is on Monday, May 20.

Victoria Day is a Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the Monday preceding May 25 in every province and territory. It honours Queen Victoria's birthday.

In Quebec this holiday is called "National Patriotes Day" (Journée nationale des patriotes).

Victoria Day is also commonly referred to as the "May two-four weekend" or the "May long weekend" and it marks the unofficial start of the cottage season where cases of beer* are consumed by hard working Canadians. That's what we heard anyway. Or maybe it's called May two-four because May 24, 1819 is Queen Victoria's birthday :-)

FYI: Prince Edward (1767–1820) after whom PEI was named was Queen Victoria's father.

Victoria Day is a non-statutory "general" holiday in the maritime provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI. In Quebec the National Patriots' Day is commemorted on this day.

*A case of beer containing 24 bottles or cans is called a two-four.

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Posted by Chad Payne:

In Newfoundland is always called May 2-4 weekend, its the kick off to the summer camping season.

Posted by Michelle DiNovo:

I am 55, born in Toronto, ON, and it has always been referred to in the 'cases of beer weekend', at least in my circles (hmmm). I have rarely, if ever, heard it by any other name and I had no idea that it was only Ontario that refers to the holiday May 24 weekend as "The May 2-4 Weekend". Also known as "The May 2-4" and usually is simply referred to as "May 2-4". What are you doing for May 2-4?

Posted by robert:

I too have never heard of the holiday being called may 2-4. I've experienced this holiday in bc,alberta,sask and manitoba. Always being called may long weekend

Posted by GG:

I live in Ontario and itís ALWAYS referred to as May 2-4!!! If you lived in Ontario and didnít know that, you must have been living under a rock!

Posted by Mississaugan:

I have lived in Mississauga and Toronto the last 15 years and it's very common knowledge that the May long weekend is called May two-four. I have also heard the same phrase used commonly in Ottawa.

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