The Victoria Day long weekend is a long tradition in Canada, which has come to be largely separated from Her Majesty Queen Victoria's birthday of 24 May 1819. Now, "May 24" is sooner associated with the convenient coincidence that there is 24 beers in a flat (or a case if you are Ontarioan), and has slightly less pomp and ceremony than earlier celebrations.
The weekend itself, of course, has had different flavours in different eras. In 1902, the North West Mounted Police band paraded down the clap-board streets of Dawson, Yukon. One must assume that God Save the Queen was on the playlist.
NWMP Band and Personnel, Victoria Day Parade, May 24th, 1902, Dawson, Yukon Territory.
Credit: Library and Archives Canada / e008128928
Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1983-28-518
|Glenbow Archives Image No: NA-5600-6194b|
Title: Girls in swimsuits sun bathing and fishing on snow at the edge of the Bow River, Calgary, Alberta.
Date: May 1953
Photographer/Illustrator: De Lorme, Jack, Calgary, Alberta.
|"We promised the kids, if we get a break in the traffic we're going away for the long weekend." |
Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1988-243-690
Copyright: Estate of Leonard Norris