Friday, May 16, 2014

Things to do on Victoria Day Weekend in Toronto

By: Ishita Ghelani, Humber Student & International Centre Marketing & Communications Intern

As an international student in Canada, there are a lot of things that you can do during your stay: make new friends, try different shopping malls, restaurants, bars/pubs, try a new sport or even visit different cities. The possibilities are infinite! Moving to a new country is as good as a blank canvas that can be painted the way you want-beautifully of course.

In Toronto, one may want to experience the hustle and bustle of the city that never sleeps, visit the CN Tower (the tallest structure in Canada). If you are a water baby or like sea views like me, you may want to visit the Harbourfront Centre.

So, for the people who are still exploring, there's something to cheer about - Victoria Day Weekend is here!

Victoria Day a statuary holiday that is celebrated every year on the last Monday on or before May 24 in honour of Queen Victoria's birth (May 24, 1819). This year, Victoria Day is on Monday, May 19, which makes this weekend a long weekend! It is one of the most popular holidays as it also marks the unofficial start of summer and gardening season. People open their cottages, start barbecuing, etc.

Apart from the opportunity of a getaway to mini-vacation, there is one thing that people must attend at least once in their lifetime on Victoria Day: fireworks.

This year, fireworks will be conducted at Ashbridge’s Bay on Monday, May 19 at 9:45 p.m. (free to attend but get there early to get a good spot!) Canada’s Wonderland will be hosting  fireworks on Sunday, May 18 at approximately 10:00 p.m. (free with admission to the park).

For people who have planned to stay in town for the weekend, here is a list of malls that are open the is weekend and on Victoria Day: 
  • The Eaton Centre
  • Yorkdale (closed on Monday)
  • Fairview (closed on Monday)
  • Sherway Gardens (closed on Monday)
  • Scarborough Town Centre (closed on Monday)
  • Vaughan Mills

Some attractions that are open during the long weekend are: 
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If you want to celebrate the long weekend in style, you can either go on a day-time cruise at Jubilee Queen Cruises or go to the Centre Island via the Toronto Ferry Docks. You can stay at the island from morning till evening and head back to one of the locations that is hosting the fireworks to see the magnificent view!

If you are travelling around the city via TTC or GO Transit on Monday, please keep in mind that both of them will be working on a holiday schedule.

Photo Credit: Gavin Lu
The picture above  was taken by Gavin Lu, an international student at Humber who witnessed the beautiful fireworks last year in Toronto at High Park. After seeing this picture, I am definitely enticed, fascinated, and motivated to attend it for the first time this year. Where are you going? Please do let us know about your plans. Share your pictures of how you spent your first Victoria Day Weekend in Canada by tweeting us at @HumberGlobal and using the hash tag #VictoriaDay!

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