It's Victoria Day Weekend in Canada! We will be celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday. Over the years the holiday has come to mean many different things to many different people. Some people call it Firecracker Weekend because we have incredible firework displays; big events by beaches and smaller folksy events in neighbourhood backyards. Others call it May Two Four weekend (although this year it doesn't fall on May 24th), the birthday of this Queen. A case of Canadian beer comes in a 24 pack, so the holiday is synonomous with heavy beer drinking and finishing off several cases of 'two four' - usually 'Canadian' brand beer. Some people just know it's a long weekend and they couldn't care less about why we have it off. Still, many people don't even know who the heck Queen Vic was.
Warmhearted and lively, Victoria had a gift for drawing and painting; educated by a governess at home, she was a natural diarist and kept a regular journal throughout her life. Imagine that! An artist. On William IV's death in 1837, she became Queen at the age of 18. Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria; 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from June 20, 1837, and the first Empress of India from 1 May 1876, until her death on January 22, 1901. Her reign as Queen lasted 63 years and seven months, longer than that of any other British monarch to date. The period centered on her reign is known as the Victorian era.
On May Two Four Weekend, Wasaga Beach becomes a party town - think Spring Break in Florida - that's what it's like here. We are invaded by thousands of college age students (boys begging girls to show them their breasts) - yes there are signs like this everywhere....'Show Us Your Tits'.....and the young girls oblige......young couples visit too....a usual 10 minute drive down the strip will take you 4-5 hours to do....or the police will close off Beach One when it gets too packed....hmmm, by about 4pm today. I will be attending a festive event at my son's beach house. We will light fireworks at dusk on the sand and laugh the night away under the stars.
Oh, and if you want to see a silly 30 second commercial about our national beer.... Happy Vicky Day!