History of Victoria Day

Why do we celebrate Victoria Day?

It is celebrated on the first Monday preceding May 25, and  is a statutory holiday throughout the country except for New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and PEI.

Victoria Day was first observed in Ontario in 1845 to recognize the birthday of Queen Victoria who was born on May 24, 1819. After the death of Queen Victoria, an act was passed by parliament establishing a legal holiday. In the United Kingdom, the Queen’s birthday is celebrated in June.