We are just a few short days away from the first (unofficial, really) long weekend of the summer! We say unofficial because summer doesn’t actually begin for another month or so, but the Victoria Day weekend – or May 2-4 – has long been the weekend that cottages are opened, camping equipment is tested out for another season, BBQs happen with increasing frequency, and fireworks are the star of the whole thing.
If it feels like we just had a long weekend, well you’re right, we did. Easter was extra late this year, so Victoria Day has kind of come up quickly, but honestly, there is never a bad time for a long weekend, is there? So yeah, no arguments from us! And something else that we want to let you in on, but we’re going to say it quietly so as not to ruin it, but the weather is looking pretty good Friday through Monday! But shhhhh, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. We still have a few days of cold rain to get through. But with the promise of a few days off and some sunny skies and warmer temperatures, we can do it, friends!
If you’ve already made plans and you’re all sorted for the weekend, that’s great! If you’re still not sure what you’re going to get up to, well we here at the blog have done a little legwork for you and sourced out some fun ideas, so get ready to make some decisions!
First up Tourism Hamilton always comes through with a comprehensive list of what’s happening in the area. They’ve got it covered with everything from art gallery exhibitions and concerts to basketball, baseball, and beer! And speaking of beer…Canadian Beer News has a Beer Festival Calendar you can peruse and find out what’s going on with your favourite local brewery! Or maybe you feel like taking a road trip for beer a little further afield? They’ve got information about breweries and events around Ontario and all across Canada as well, so you’ll be set for the summer too.
If wine is more your thing, be sure to check out Wine Country Ontario for all the upcoming wine-related events and festivals, or to just browse the different wineries and choose one or two to visit on a sunny day! Their site is organized by growing area (smart!) so if you want to stay local, click on either of the Niagara links, but if you’re interested in getting out of town for the holiday weekend, check out Prince Edward County or Lake Erie North Shore & Pelee Island for even more wine opportunities. And definitely check out the Events page and stay up to date on what’s happening in wine country this season!
Late May is often a good time to get to know your local growers, too, and if you are interested in taking in some friendly farms, we can hook you up with that too. The Local Flower Collective is your guide to beautiful blooms with all the details of area flower farms that you can visit. Much like the Wine Country site, TLFC lists farms close to Hamilton as well as in other parts of Ontario, so you’re covered no matter where you’re headed this weekend. For more farm information including fruit and vegetable farms and orchards, check out the website for Ontario Farm Fresh. This page will provide you with everything you ever wanted to know about visiting a farm including farm etiquette for first-timers, guides to picking your own apples and strawberries, and of course a detailed guide listing of farms all over Ontario. Search by postal code or what kind of farm you want to visit and get a custom list just for you. Farms make great day trips and day trips can get a lot of fun on long weekends. Visit The Heart of Ontario for 7 FUN FAMILY DAY TRIPS IN HAMILTON HALTON BRANT and choose your own adventure.
Finally, if fireworks are on your agenda for this long holiday weekend, To Do Canada has a list of Victoria Day Weekend Fireworks in Ontario including all the details for our very own Dundas Driving Park event!
Whew! Lots of choices, and we hope this didn’t make things more difficult for you! The great thing about this weekend is that it kicks off Summer, so if there are things you want to do that you don’t get to this weekend, well you’ve got a few months of nice weather and hopefully some vacation that will allow you to take advantage of some of these ideas now through Labour Day and beyond!
And please remember that Willow will be CLOSED on Saturday so our team can also have a lovely long weekend too!
Have a great week, everyone, and happy holiday weekend planning! We’ll chat again on Friday.