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Victoria Day Weekend 2017

by Linda Cvetanovic

Officially this holiday celebrates the birthday of Queen Victoria, however for many of us it also marks the unofficial beginning of summer.  May 2-4 as it is often referred to, is when we break out our sandals, start the BBQ and return to the outdoors after a long Canadian winter.  If you are looking for Victoria Day weekend events and activities, we’ve got you covered.

Victoria Day Weekend Camping or Glamping – it’s all here!

Why spend hours in traffic when you can enjoy all the fun of camping without the long drive.  Pack up your tent, sleeping bags and s’mores supplies for a long weekend getaway.  We are lucky to have a Provincial Park located right on the border of Burlington/Oakville. Bronte Creek Provincial Park offers both tent, trailer and yurt camping.  You can make reservations online or by calling the park directly.  Conservation Halton also offers camping at two of their six parks (Kelso and Rattlesnake Point). Both parks offer group and individual; tent or tent-trailer camping but do not have hook-ups for RV’s.  If glamping is more your style then consider a visit to KOA Toronto West,  where you will find several styles of Deluxe Cabins to choose from. For those that don’t need all the amenities a one room camping cabin will suit your needs.  Campers can choose from RV sites or tent sites – water & electrical hookups available.

Connect with Nature this Victoria Day Weekend

We are incredibly lucky to be surrounded by the beauty of nature from our wonderful waterfront to the escarpment views, there is no shortage of ways to explore.  The parks of Conservation Halton provide a wealth of experiences from the Raptor Centre at Mountsberg, the 17th Century Aboriginal Village at Crawford Lake to rock-climbing, hiking, cycling and more!  Be sure to check the individual park pages on their website. Families will want to make plans to join the fun at Mountsberg on May 20th as they present Pajama Night Fairy Doors (pre-registration required).

If you are a fan of flora and fauna, then a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens is the perfect destination for the long weekend.  With spring blooms in many of the gardens and the always in season Mediterranean Garden at the RBG Centre, there is lots to see and do. Also be sure to make time to see the new Nature Connects – Art with Lego Bricks exhibition (May 20 – Aug. 20) featuring 14 sculptures from New York artist, Sean Kenney.

Our beautiful waterfront has a great trail to cycle or walk with picturesque lakefront views.  This year Mother Nature and the rain have taken a bit of a toll on our sandy beach and we are hoping that lake levels return to normal soon so the beach can reopen.  Visit Burlington Beach Rentals website or follow them on twitter for updates on opening day.

There is plenty to do for the whole family at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. Visit the day use area and enjoy hiking trails, the children’s playbarn and farm. On Victoria Day weekend they will also be hosting a Victorian Tea Party ($) at 2pm daily and holiday Monday is Spring Time on the Farm with special activities and demonstrations from 10am-4pm.

This holiday weekend golfers will want to hit the links at one of the many public courses here in Burlington.  Grab your clubs and play a round (or two) and soak up the sunshine.

Get creative and celebrate Canada 150 this Victoria Day Weekend

Join the City of Burlington and take part in the Canada 150 Mosaic project. 150 communities will create community murals that celebrate Canada’s unique history and culture. Burlington’s mural will be made of 400 tiles. This holiday weekend head to one of the two community drop in sessions to paint a tile of your own for inclusion in the mosiac.   Sunday, May 21, 2017 – Burlington Mall – 777 Guelph Line – 2 to 6 p.m. or Monday, May 22, 2017 – Art Gallery of Burlington – 1333 Lakeshore Rd. – 1 to 4 p.m.  Burlington’s mural for the Canada 150 Mosaic project will be unveiled  July 1. 

Family Fun on Victoria Day Weekend

It’s always a good time to visit our friends at Springridge Farm.  Kids can run, play and visit with the goats and their friends in the Fun Farmyard.  While you are there take a hike up to the escarpment lookout for spectacular views and save time for an educational wagon ride.  Be sure to stop at the cafe/bakery where you will find delicious, locally sourced treats and healthy options for lunch for the entire family.

Other fun activities include booking an outing to one of our local escape rooms, bowling, laser tag, axe throwing, indoor golf and more!

Eat Local this Victoria Day Weekend

As you plan your long weekend menus, be sure to head to our local farmers’ markets to stock up on locally sourced Ontario ingredients.  Head to Burlington Mall Farmers’ Market on Friday May 19 (8am-4pm) and Saturday May 20 (8am -2pm) or visit the Centro Garden Market on Sunday May 21 (9am-noon).

Victoria Day Weekend Fireworks

There are no official firework display happening in Burlington but you can see them in Milton (Saturday), Oakville (Sunday) and  Dundas (Sunday).

Need some help? Our visitor centre located in downtown Burlington at 414 Locust St will be open 9am – 4pm daily over the long weekend. For more information on what to see and do in Burlington drop by, give us a call at 877.499.9989, visit our website or connect with us on twitter or facebookFor information on what city services are open and closed at the City of Burlington please visit their website.

3 Responses to “Victoria Day Weekend 2017”

  1. Sylvia Teaves says:

    I am so frustrated!!

    I have been trying to find out if there are any FIREWORK DISPLAYS in Burlington over the Victoria Day weekend. Your website only tells me about getting permits!!

    Since your website has images of fireworks, one would think that this should be near the top of weekend events.

    Will there be fireworks anywhere?

    • Linda Cvetanovic says:

      Hi Sylvia
      At the bottom of our blog is the fireworks section. There are no official fireworks in Burlington, we have linked to the fireworks in Dundas, Oakville and Milton
      Hope this helps

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