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Victoria Day fireworks highlight Ontario travel this weekend

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The May Victoria Day long weekend in Ontario is a travel getaway weekend taking place one week before the American Memorial Day holiday in the U.S. In 2014 the Victoria Day weekend starts today and continues to the official holiday Monday May 19. Canadians celebrate this weekend with a visit to the cottage and the lighting of fireworks to acknowledge Queen Victoria's birthday and Canada's ongoing love affair with everything British.

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Overnight in 'Cottage Country'

Toronto residents tend to travel north, northeast and northwest to Ontario's cottage and resort country on the first long weekend of the spring. There are a variety of May Getaways available in:

Many special events including fireworks are taking place over this weekend. Attractions and farmers' markets are opening up for the summer travel season. Portarama for boaters in Southern Georgian Bay kicks off the sailing and boating season. Enjoy a Victorian celebration in Halilburton this weekend. Race car enthusiast will be heading to Mosport north east of Toronto. See more events for kids and details at This Weekend Events and Parties.

Queen Victoria trivia

Who knew, Queen Victoria was responsible for Ottawa being designated Canada’s Capital. Queen Victoria (1819-1901) Queen Victoria officially chose Ottawa as Canada's capital in 1857. How would she travel in the early 1900's. Do you think she will be watching fireworks? Would she be canoeing or hiking this weekend?

Unofficial start to summer season

This traditional long weekend holiday is a prelude to the summer fun and vacation travel season in Ontario cottage and resort country destinations north of Toronto.

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