VICTORIA DAY FESTIVAL, May 9th to 11th and 16th to 19th 2014
Celebrate Victoria Day with us at the NRC Fields, at the corner of
Carling Avenue and Booth Street. Make a day of it, incorporating
Ottawa's beautiful Tulip Festival, in neighbouring Commissioner's Park. This
family event has something for everyone; midway rides; petting zoo;
food, drink, and dessert concessions. (see Events).
A Little History About Victoria Day....
Whether you are celebrating in Banff at the close of their ski season
with the Victoria Day Slush Cup; packing up your tent trailer to stake
out your favorite campsite; priming the pump and opening the cottage;
putting the boats in the water; or just enjoying Victoria Day weekend at
home, Ottawa has everything you need to celebrate!
Victoria Day occurs every year on Monday, prior to May 25th. It is the
official celebration in Canada of the birthdays of Queen Victoria and
Queen Elizabeth II. Victoria Day was established as a holiday in
Canada West (now Ontario) in 1845, and became a national holiday in 1901.
Victoria, queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
and empress of India was born on 24 May 1819. She ascended the throne
after the death of her uncle George IV in 1837 when she was only 18. She
ruled until her death in 1901 when her son Edward the VII became king of
People of the Algonquin First Nation were in the
Ottawa area since time immemorial.
The former City of Hull, Quebec, was first settled in 1800.
The Town of Bytown became the City of Ottawa
on January 1, 1855.
The City of Ottawa became the capital of Canada on July 1, 1867.
Today, the Ottawa / Gatineau region is the fourth largest urban area
In some parts of Canada, the holiday is colloquially known as May
Two-Four. This phrase has two meanings: the holiday always falls near the
date of May 24th, and a two-four is slang for a case of 24 bottles of