If you close your eyes you can almost feel the warmth of the sun in anticipation of the long weekend. One extra day off this May means one extra day to enjoy the beautiful weather and make the most of the sunshine – in the safest way possible.
May 24 Weekend is a sure indicator for all Canadians that summer is coming, so we’ve lined up a list of activities to ring in the new season.
If you’re lucky enough to own a cottage close to the water, or even live by a lake, ocean, or pond, grab your paddles and hop in for an adventure. Whether you enjoy a tranquil trip in a canoe or kayak, or if you prefer the extreme speed of a motor boat, there’s something magical about being on the water. However, light reflects strongly on the water’s surface, which means you have to be extra careful with sun safety. It’s easy to get burnt, so wear plenty of SPF 30 sunscreen, a hat, and any other sun-protective clothing you have. And if you fall in the water or get super sweaty from all the hardcore paddling, don’t forget to reapply.
A picnic in the park is the right way to start off the weekend and brings together friends and family for a fantastic outdoor feast. Having a portable barbecue means hot dogs and hamburgers wherever and whenever you please, and takes your classic picnic to the next level. Of course, the main component of any successful picnic is the blanket, so choose wisely. Make sure it can comfortably fit all your guests and that you place it in a shady area under a tree to keep everyone safe from the harmful rays! Another key component is hydration, and what better way to quench your thirst than with summer’s most abundant fruit – watermelon. Slice it up, blend it up, juice it up, or whatever you’re into and you’ll have yourself one sweet treat. On top of all the delicious food, bring along some cards or board games for some après-picnic fun!
The ground has finally thawed, so dust off your gardening tools and get to work! Picking up bright flowers and other seasonal plants from your local flower market can instantly brighten your day and give you a project to look forward to for the long weekend. And if you’re new to the gardening scene, no need to fret – there’s plenty of helpful staff members at your local garden centre that can tell you which plants are right for your garden and how to care for them after they have been planted. Gardening is usually a full day event, so make sure you wear your sunscreen and a sun hat to stay safe, especially between 11 am to 3 pm, when the sun is at its strongest.
If you’re brave enough to face the frigid waters of Canadian lakes in May, then swimming is the perfect activity for you. Even though the sun may be shining this Victoria Day Weekend, the lakes surrounding cottages are still cold enough that a quick dip is all you need to refresh yourself. So tie up your bathing suit strings and prep your body for shock as you dare to take the plunge into the cold lakes of Canada. And if you hop out and need to warm up in the sun for a while, don’t forget to reapply your sunscreen.
Rainy Day Activities
On the off chance that it rains this Victoria Day Weekend, make sure you have a back up list of activities to do indoors.
Sometimes the simplest fun brings the greatest memories, like playing a game of cards or inventing your own rules of poker with friends as the rain beats down on your windows. But we’ll keep this section short – we want rain just as much as the next person. Fingers crossed for a sunny long weekend!
What would Victoria Day weekend be without fireworks? Many parks and communities have made it an annual tradition to organize fantastic firework shows as soon as the sun goes down for everyone to enjoy. It’s the perfect way to end a long weekend, and celebrates both Queen Victoria’s birthday, a wonderful weekend spent with friends and family, and of course, the beginning of summer. So grab a blanket and some chairs, and camp out for the night as you lean back and watch the vibrant hues explode across the sky.
Whether you try all these activities this long weekend, or just one, or you’d rather lay around and do nothing, remember to be smart about sun safety and slip on a t-shirt, slap on a hat, and slop on some sunscreen!