What To Do In Toronto For Victoria Day

Victoria_Day_fireworks_Toronto_2010Victoria Day, the first long weekend of the Spring, and what most consider to be the start of summer, is upon us. Commonly known as May two-four weekend (it refers to a case of beer, and not the actual date of the holiday), and there are plenty of things you can do with your family during it. We take a look at some of our favourites in Toronto.

The may long weekend is well known for being the first real weekend of camping, and if you are up for a little outdoors fun it may just be for you. The only downside is that you can never predict the weather for this weekend (sometimes it can be pretty cold and wet). Within Toronto there is the option of Glen Rouge Campground, Toronto’s only urban campgrounds. If you are looking for something a little farther away, you can always check out the Elora Gorge or even Algonquin Park.

Down at the Harbourfront Centre the Victoria Day weekend is all about the Toronto International Circus Festival. Acrobats, jugglers, comedians, clowns, will be there all weekend long to amuse you, and if your kids are so in the mood they can take their own turn at tumbling. There is even a sideshow alley where you can view the attractions or become one of them yourself thanks to the help of professional artists.

If you are looking for something to do on Victoria Day, and are a little athletically inclined, you can take part in Bubble Ball Fest 2015. Basically you play soccer while wearing a giant, inflatable bubble. It costs $5 to watch and $20 to play, with all proceeds going to the Humanitarian Project, Build For Belize 2015. It takes place at the Crawford Academy in the north end of the city.

Fort York in downtown Toronto is also planning a special day of events on Victoria Day, ranging from kids’ activities such as soldier’s drill, and demonstrations of Georgian-era cooking techniques in one of the oldest kitchens in Toronto. Adults will enjoy roaming the historic grounds while their kids will enjoy all the activities.

A regular tradition for the end of the weekend is to watch fireworks. Whether you set off your own, or watch a larger display is up to you, but we prefer heading out to watch with a crowd. After all we really enjoy the bigger explosions. If you are up for a day of rides at an amusement park beforehand, Canada’s Wonderland always puts on a great show on the Sunday before the holiday. Otherwise, the display down at Ashbridges Bay in the East part of Toronto (in the Beaches part of the city) is always fun to watch. The fireworks go on for about 15 minutes, and is a great way to end the weekend.

Photo: Skeezix1000 on Wikipedia

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