When is the May Long Weekend in 2018? (and Victoria Day Trip Ideas from West to East)

By Andrew Wong,

You’re just about done with winter, whether that means snowbanks or dark clouds (or both) in your part of the country. You were good and did a staycation during the four-day Easter long weekend and your mind is already wandering to the May 2-4. First things first, when does Victoria Day fall this year?

Step 1: When is the May Long Weekend and Victoria Day in 2018?

In 2018, Victoria Day falls on Monday, May 21st, meaning the May Long Weekend in 2018 lasts from Saturday, May 19th to Monday, May 21st.

In Quebec, the holiday is officially known as National Patriots’ Day and coincides with Victoria Day.

Sorry Nova Scotia, Victoria Day is not considered a paid holiday.

 

Step 2: Book your May Long Weekend away

With one paid holiday given, why not tack on the Friday preceding the weekend or the Tuesday immediately following to make it a May Extra Long Weekend? And how to best make use of that time off? By shaking off winter’s chill by greeting summer with a trip away!

Victoria Day May Long Weekend Bow Lake Alberta

 

A May Long Weekend away from Vancouver and the Lower Mainland

For a Victoria Day Weekend Away by car: Okanagan

Victoria Day May Long Weekend Okanagan Valley red wine tasting vineyards

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Though Whistler is in the midst of slush season (with rock-bottom hotel discounts to match), we’re looking for a wine country escape this May Long Weekend to the Okanagan Valley. Pull over to admire the fruit orchards in bloom with rosy red cherries, golden apricots and indigo plums. A stay on the water at Cove Lakeside Resort or up on the hill at Chez Nicole may fit the bill.

 

For a Victoria Day Weekend Away by plane: Arizona

Victoria Day May Long Weekend Arizona waterfall

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If your Vitamin D reserves are at a winter-long low, escape south to Arizona. Unmatched landscapes from the Sonoran Desert to the Grand Canyon can be enjoyed throughout the day before extreme summer heat strikes. Rent a car to criss-cross the state or hunker down by the pool at an affordable luxury retreat like The Scott Resort & Spa in Scottsdale.

 

 

A May Long Weekend from Edmonton and Calgary

For a Victoria Day Weekend Away by car: The Rockies

Victoria Day May Long Weekend Rockies Alberta Jasper gondola

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Heading westwards through the Rockies for the Victoria Day Long Weekend can go two ways. Depending on the weather conditions, it could mean some high-elevation skiing at Sunshine Village or Marmot Basin, or some tranquil Spring hiking at lower elevations in K-Country. As the shoulder season (valley?) between summer and winter visitor peaks, you can expect some top hotel deals at spots like the Rimrock Resort in Banff.

 

For a Victoria Day Weekend Away by plane: Winnipeg

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As Manitoba’s cultural oasis, Winnipeg is a top contender this Victoria Day for a city break from Alberta. Pack your DSLR and follow our Photographic Winnipeg guide around the city. From the Canadian Museum for Human Rights to the Assiniboine Forest, we’ll show you the best sides of The Peg. Make it a historic stay with a room at the Fort Garry Hotel, made all the loveable by a morning tea and cookie service. Macro lenses at the ready!

 

 

A May Long Weekend from Winnipeg

For a Victoria Day Weekend Away by car: Interlake

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Celebrate the “May 2-4” in its truest form and pack a case of your favourite brew on your trip to the lake. With Manitoba fishing season opening right in time for Victoria Day, load up your roads, lures and nets to snag a few of the season’s first catfish. A round of golf or a sail on Lake Winnipeg may also figure into your Interlake road trip stops. trivago users are big fans of the smart rooms at the Canalta Selkirk, which puts you close to the city’s historic churches.

 

For a Victoria Day Weekend Away by plane: Niagara Falls

Victoria Day May Long Weekend Niagara Falls Ontario Maid of the mist

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New low-cost flights with Flair Airlines are now bringing Winnipeg and Hamilton, Ontario closer together. Strategically situated between Toronto and Niagara Falls, for less than $200 roundtrip you could be in Southern Ontario over the May Long Weekend. From the airport, it’s only an hour’s drive to charming Niagara-on-the-Lake and its wineries. Then, another half-hour due south to the heart of Niagara Falls. You’ll arrive right in time for the region’s famous tulips in bloom as well — all that’s left to do is snag a hotel deal!

 

A May Long Weekend away from Toronto and Southwestern Ontario

For a Victoria Day Weekend Away by car: Ottawa

Victoria Day May Long Weekend Ottawa Ontario Downtown Rideau Canal

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Isn’t it about time we all gave Ottawa another chance? Drive up to Trudeautown this May weekend and divide your time between the city’s essential sights and sliding across to Quebec’s Gatineau Park (just ten minutes from Downtown). In case you stay later in the week (May 23-27) check out the buzz around The Happening in Wellington West, otherwise strolling Bank Street in The Glebe will do the trick!

 

For a Victoria Day Weekend Away by plane: The Caribbean

Victoria Day May Long Weekend Caribbean Beach

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Can we ever really tire ourselves of quality rum and sand between our toes? Likely not. You may have your favourite all-inclusives in Cabo, Curaçao and Costa Rica. Here we share our go-to resorts in Puerto Vallarta, Playa del Carmen and Punta Gorda.

 

 

A May Long Weekend from Montreal and Ottawa

For a Victoria Day Weekend Away by car: Charlevoix

Victoria Day May Long Weekend Charlevoix La Malbaie Fairmont Manoir Richelieu grounds St Lawrence River

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There’s no escaping the majesty of Charlevoix’s beauty even on the most basic drive following the Saint-Lawrence on Highway 138. Bring along your hiking boots to Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie National Park or sit back and leave it to the captain of your bateau-mouche to steer you down the Malbaie River. If it’s not the Fairmont Manoir Richelieu you’re after, then it has got to be an auberge. An overnight stay, hosted by Odile and Arnaud, at La Châtelaine in Pointe-au-Pic will give you a real taste of the Belle Province.

 

For a Victoria Day Weekend Away by plane: New Brunswick

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Fly over to New Brunswick this May Long Weekend and take it slow as you pass from St. Andrews along the Bay of Fundy through Saint John to Moncton. Then double-back through the province’s Acadian communities along the Gulf of St. Lawrence before checking into Fredericton. See for yourself that this Gateway to the Maritimes is more than just its Flowerpots!

 

How will you spend your May Long Weekend 2018? Tell us if it will be an escape by car or by plane!

Deal prices were taken at the time of publishing from trivago.ca for hotels with a tRI rating of 7.5/10 or over.