Did you know Victoria Day has been celebrated Canada-wide since 1845? Originally marking the birth of Queen Victoria on May 24th, it now falls on the last Monday before May 25th every year, giving Canadians a three-day weekend to kick off the summer. Make the most of your Victoria Day long weekend with these family-orientated activities around the Lower Mainland.
For a night out, the annual Richmond Night Market draws crowds from all over the Greater Vancouver Area to its fair-like atmosphere of games, food, and extensive array of wares for sale. Conveniently located near the Canada Line’s Bridgeport Station, it also features a generous parking lot. Friday & Saturday nights from 7pm-midnight, Sundays & holidays 7-11pm. Admission is only $2.75, kids under 10 are free.
The Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair runs May 20 – 23rd at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey. The invitation-only rodeo hosts the world’s top Cowboys and Cowgirls, showcased in five different performances. It also features BC’s largest traveling Midway rides, games and food, plus a Kidz Zone, Agri Zone, live bands and the fifth annual World Freestyle Round-Up of the top pro and amateur freestyle skateboarders. See more event and ticket information here.
Gear up for an adventurous weekend at Golden Ears Park. One of BC’s largest parks, Golden Ears has three large campgrounds, extensive trails for both hiking and horseback riding, and a multitude of water sports. Swim, windsurf, water-ski, canoe, or fish on Alouette Lake. Canoes, kayaks, and pedal boats are even available to rent at Alouette’s day-use area.
Spend the day on Granville Island. Explore the Public Market for locally produced food and wares, take in a play at the Arts Club, and spend some time wandering through the numerous alleyways and shops featuring artisanal goods. North America’s largest free water park is conveniently located near the Kids Market, and is a great place to spend an afternoon of play with a picnic lunch from the market. Forget driving, and take an aquabus to make it feel like a true getaway!
Children and train aficionados alike will love the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish. Tour authentic railway equipment and glimpse Canadian history at its best. And this May long weekend, Thomas the Tank Engine is coming on his Ready, Set, Go! tour. Kids can meet Sir Topemhatt and ride the famous blue engine himself.
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