Canadian Tradition Since 1845

Published On May 18, 2015 | By Jeff Norgate | Jeff Norgate

Call it, “Empire Day”, “Commonwealth Day” or “National Patriots’ Day”, this holiday weekend that most call “Victoria Day” is distinctly Canadian.  We have recognized the birthday of Queen Victoria since well before Confederation. Following her death in 1901, it was made law in Canada to recognize May 24 to remember the late queen who was known as, “The Mother of Confederation.”  It was much later when the date was moved to the Monday before May 24th.  Many consider “the May 2-4” weekend as the unofficial start of summer.  Celebrate and enjoy!

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