TIME TO GET THE SUMMER PARTY STARTED CANADA
It’s the unofficial start of summer for those of us living in Canada kicking off what is known as the Victoria Long Weekend. This is a time when pools and beaches are opened, garage sales are in full-swing and back-yard parties and patios are bustling with fun.
Not from Canada? New to Canada? No worries, I had to learn about all the different statutory holidays in Canada when I moved here and it has been great fun exploring my new home
What is the Victoria Day Long Weekend?
The Victoria Day Long Weekend is a public holiday in Canada that is celebrated on the last Monday before May 25 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday. There are many names for this anticipated May holiday ranging from;
- May Run
- May 2-4 Long Weekend
- Victoria Day Long Weekend
- May Long Weekend
- May Long
- May Two-Four
Although many places are closed for this statutory holiday there are some places that will be open for the Victoria Day Long Weekend that you may want to check out.
The holiday has been observed in Canada since at least 1845, originally falling on the sovereign’s actual birthday, and continues to be celebrated in various fashions across the country on the fixed date; the holiday has always been a distinctly Canadian observance. It is a federal statutory holiday, as well as a holiday in six of Canada’s ten provinces and all three of its territories. – Wikipedia
What excites me the most is that I finally get two entire days off this Victoria Day Long Weekend and I’m so excited that the wife and I createdhttp://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/extension/ a list of things we could do so it didn’t feel like just another day. With the weather forecast to be in the high 20’s all weekend long the last thing we want to be doing is be sitting inside with the windows closed.
The sun comes up very early in the morning and with that the birds are chirping a beautiful song which means it’s time to get up and get moving. I’m not a big fan of sleeping in when I have time off from work because I don’t want my day to be half over before the time I get up. What’s the point?
Although I didn’t stock up on beer for the Victoria Day Long Weekend friends of ours did and since they invited us over Saturday night this gave the wife and I time to complete our plans. For most of you who have counted down the days until the official start of summer the Victoria Day Long Weekend can be costly especially if you plan to attend local festivals, musicals, concerts and drinking lots of booze in restaurants and bars.
Victoria Day Long Weekend Fun For Less
If you’re not into all the heart-pumping music and drinks there are plenty of other activities that you can partake in this Victoria Day Long Weekend that won’t be overwhelming and cost you a fortune.
If you are in and around the Vancouver area there are plenty of things to do this Victoria Day Long Weekend but if you’re in the Greater Toronto Area there are plenty of places to explore as well.
I’m a huge fan of jumping in the car and just driving to different towns and major cities to explore. Sometimes we research them and other times we just go and hope for the best. It’s so much fun to see what is lurking in places that are in our beautiful country.
One of my favourite road trips with the wife was to Stratford, Ontario where it was a beautiful day filled with nature, birds, tea and scones, shopping and lots of flowers. We would certainly go back again. Parking was super cheap too and the people were friendly.
There are 16 amazing waterfalls in Ontario and if you are up for a hike spend your time touring these spots as we have over the years. You won’t be disappointed and it’s great exercise. We pack a lunch and make sure to have running shoes on and lots of beverages. A fun hike is along the escarpment in Hamilton at Websters Falls which is a gorgeous place to visit.
Fun for everyone surrounded by nature’s beauty is a day filled with harmony and peace. Also, If you’re in the mood you could also travel to Niagara Falls and explore what the city has to offer along with the breathtaking views of the Falls and a small trip to the Casino if you dare.
If you love taking photos but just haven’t had the time due to everyday responsibilities the Victoria Day Long Weekend is a great time to get out and explore nature and what’s happening in your local area. You’ll be surprised to find the best photos are the photos that are unplanned.
Creating memories will last a life-time. A friend of mine who had his best friend pass away 20 years ago regrets not taking more photos so now it’s his mission to take as many as he can of everyone dear to his heart.
It’s the official start to garage sale season so put on your negotiating hat and stock up on small coins as you scour the streets for bargains and plenty of them. Nothing beats getting something for much less than you would have paid for retail. Most times prices are so insanely cheap it’s hard to say no.
If you live close to a beach or park that offers a picnic area or somewhere to park and set-up your BBQ and food take advantage this Victoria Day Long Weekend. If you can’t make it camping spend the day at the park with the family playing games, eating good food and chilling out before it’s back to reality on Tuesday.
Ring in the summer with a blast of fireworks. If you’re not in the mood for daytime festivities head over to just about any city across Canada where you will find fireworks happening in and around the 10pm mark. It’s a great time for the family. Bundle up, bring chairs, blankets, sweaters, beverages and maybe you’ll be lucky to have entertainment and food booths where you’re at.
I think Victoria Day Long Weekend is probably one of the busiest weekends for most campgrounds and provincial parks as nature enthusiasts take to the woods to party and enjoy the outdoors. Whether you have a trailer or a pop-up tent the camping excursion is a great way to have fun on the cheap.
Time to get your green thumb out and start planting your flowers and seedlings for the garden. If you haven’t started your seeds yet now is the time to get them done.
This year I plan to plant basil pots, parsley and like always we will have a bountiful harvest of Rhubarb over and over again. We average about 4-5 rhubarb crops every summer.
The photo on the left is the current state of our rhubarb which is massive. You’re only seeing one portion of the plant. I wish we loved rhubarb as fast as we can grow it.
It’s a warming feeling when the windows are open in the house and the sounds of lawn mowers and other gardening equipment sound. If you’re sick of the snow you welcome these sounds with open arms.
Open the Pool
If you don’t own a pool make friends with a homeowner that does because you’ll want to spend your time catching some sun and enjoying the cooling effects after a long day in the sunshine. What I love about back-yard pools is that you don’t have to leave home. The investment may seem steep to some but for those of you who love having the family pool it’s an investment worth risking. I know when we buy another house we will be looking for a house with an in-ground pool or space to install one.
I think you’ll find that many people will want to stay home for the Victoria Day Long Weekend especially if they are ready to party in their backyards. Neighbours of ours have a party every May 2-4 and it sounds like great fun right into the wee hours of the morning.
They have little attractions set up for the kids, BBQ, Face painting from friends, photos and games. The adults are just as excited to kick-back and forget about work for a couple of days with a cold beverage and good eats on the BBQ.
Maybe this year we’ll get lucky and they will invite us this time around!!
Restaurants, cafe’s, bistros and just about any food and beverage establishment that has an outdoor patio is already set up and ready to take on the Victoria Day Long Weekend crowds. This is the start of patio season so put on your sandals, shorts, sunglasses and sunscreen and get ready to party outdoors on the patio with your friends.
If you haven’t read the weekly flyers, your email or walked through the mall to see tonnes of Victoria Day Long Weekend sales happening you’ll want to get in on the action. If shopping is on your master plan this holiday you can save up to 50% at many places if not more. Some shoppers may head over the border to the USA to get in some shopping but staying at home is just as fun as there are plenty of holiday deals to be had.
Not everyone likes heading out for the Victoria Long Weekend especially if you have little ones in the house. Sometimes just a quick trip up to the park is fun along with some snacks, books and balls. Keeping it simple this holiday is a great way to savour the moment and enjoy what the outdoors have to offer without touching your wallet.
There are endless beaches in Ontario so all you need to do is pick one or two, jump in the car and head out for the day. Some of our favourite Ontario beaches are Grand Bend, Port Stanley, Ipperwash and many Toronto Beaches.
If you have a boat this may be the time to get into the water and enjoy the breeze on the Ontario lakes as you sail or jet across the waves. I’ve been in a few boats over the years and it’s certainly something I don’t mind doing.
Other places you can visit:
You can visit the CN Tower or even better save 42% off the costs of seeing 5 local Toronto attractions if you purchase the Toronto City Pass.
Whether you stay home for the Victoria Day Long Weekend or take to the roads to search out adventures in your area remember that this holiday is a time to welcome summer so enjoy it and smile.
Have a good one everyone!! 🙂
Where are some of your favourite places to go during the Victoria Day Long Weekend?
What did I do this week?
I finally finished the driveway this week as I was sure it wasn’t going to rain, well, so the forecast said. While I was rolling the drive the paper-boy decided to walk across it through a wet patch and up the path. I had to shake my head. He’s lucky he didn’t get it all on my path to the front door.
We had a fairly boring week this week as I’m trying to catch up on things that need to get done. I’m in work for another 3 weeks before I officially get some days off again. We were planning to go to the UK but that has been cancelled now so we’re looking at road trips around Ontario. Any suggestions on where to go are welcome that are different from what I listed above let me know.
On a good note our neighbour from across the way who has kids that are grown now gave us lots of free Little Tykes play equipment for our son. I’ll spend some time cleaning the stuff up this weekend and get them set up in the back garden for him. It’s nice to have great neighbours!
That’s all the excitement for this week. Have a fun Victoria Day Long Weekend everyone!! Party Hard!
Awesome posts I published this week
Just in case you’ve missed any of my blog posts this week I will share them all below. If you are looking for past Saturday Weekend Review posts scroll down to the bottom of this post where I will list up to 5 previous weeks for you to read.
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Hi Mr.CBB and Fans!
Jen Peacock here with my weekly garage sale scores to share with all of you.
Here are today’s garage sale deals:
- Blue step 2 car and Melissa & Doug wooden pizza set $20 (they were asking $25 – car is in like new condition and retails for around $45)
- Life jacket – free!
- Blue cooler bag $1 (like new)
- Harry Potter Scene It game $2 (for my sister)
- The Heft (snow shovel attachment) $2
- Penguin ornament – free!
- Cars themed bubbles $.50
- Toy ambulance $.50 (my dad paid for it)
I also got another Blue step 2 car like pictured above but not in as good condition for $1 (to keep at my parents house)
Total spent $26.50
Making a difference (MAD)
Welcome to the 2016 Making A Difference series! Join the networking movement of Personal Finance Bloggers around the world. If you are a personal finance blogger (anywhere around the world) and would like your blog to be MAD featured simply drop me an email and I’ll explain the process to you. I’m currently booking for July and August. I have one spot left for June.
This is my way of giving back to the personal finance community through networking and sharing knowledge with my fans. Today it is my pleasure to share with you the blog, The Budget Mom run by the lovely Kumiko.
Happy Saturday, CBB readers!
Kumiko Ehrmantraut is the creator of The Budget Mom, a personal finance blog. The Budget Mom focuses on guiding people through financial issues, creating an open conversation about realistic budgeting, and helps people find financial peace.
Through her blog, Kumiko hopes people will not only learn new things about personal finance, but gain a passion for their financial well-being.
Kumiko graduated in 2011 with a business degree in finance and obtained her Accredited Financial Counselor® designation in August 2015. She enjoys photography, flea market shopping, and spending all the time she can with her 4-year-old son.
She is working on a personal finance saving challenge that she will offer to her readers in September 2016.
My best recipe find
Food and grocery shopping are relevant to us because food is a large part of the budget which people struggle the most with. We all have to eat to survive but just because we have a budget doesn’t mean we can’t eat delicious home-cooked meals that are drool-worthy.
If you are someone who would rather buy convenience foods consider cooking homemade meals or baking from scratch.
Not only will you save money but you will be proud of what you’ve accomplished and you’ll see that from the smiles on those you feed.
For the past 2 years I’ve had a second Facebook page called The Free Recipe Depot where I exclusively share recipes from Food Bloggers around the world. I also share recipes on the blog on Sunday either made by home cook and mom Nicola Don or myself.
This week our Top Recipe Pick goes to Kristin at the food blog DizzyBusyandHungry has this amazing recipe for Pan Fried Cinnamon Bananas that I’m betting I’m going to love and our son will love even more. What I like about this recipe is that it’s simple and it uses up those ripe bananas when you don’t care to make banana bread or have room to freeze them. I’d also try these with homemade caramel or paired with fluffy pancakes. Delish!
Top DIY project
How cool is this Bookshelf Chair?
Our son has boxes and boxes of children’s books many of which were given to him for free. The problem is that they are still in boxes. We have a small 3-shelf book-case in our living-room but that’s about it.
The moment I saw this DIY Bookshelf Chair over at the Instructables website by Darko I thought this was the perfect DIY project for any parent or adult who wants a really cool space to store their books. This would go great in our son’s bedroom and store plenty of the books he will be reading.
Editor’s Choice weekly read
Every week I will pick a blog post of the week from around the web that I found interesting and want to share with all of you. Please head on over and give the post a read and let them know that Mr. CBB sent you if you comment. Thanks.
Editor’s pick (That’s me Mr.CBB) This week I read a post over at Retirement Manifesto titled, “5 Reasons Why Retirement Is Hard” and it really can be a challenge from beginning until the day comes where you no longer go to work. What many might not realize that is retirement is a system that we must invest in from a young age so we prepare ourselves for life beyond the daily grind. A great read. Enjoy.
The things people Google
Every week I get thousands of people visit Canadian Budget Binder because they did a search online and found my blog. Any spelling errors below are because I share with you the exact way they typed their search engine query to land on my blog. Some of them are serious and others are meant to have a laugh.
- How to find love– Well, you won’t find it here but I may blog about it one day since it’s one topic of expertise for me!
- How to get rid of OSAP Debt– Pay it off. I’m honestly amazed at how many people search for this topic when it’s pretty clear… you have a debt, you owe money.
- Is the Almond butter at Bulk Barn Safe? Um, I’m pretty sure it’s just as tasty as store-bought and cheaper.
- Pee on a stick Dollar Store– That’s just another name for pregnancy test.
That’s all the fun for this week, thanks for dropping by.
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