Victoria Day Long Weekend: COVID-19 Edition

As we head into the Victoria Day long weekend, Parks Canada is reminding everyone that National Parks, National Historic Sites, Heritage Canals, and national marine conservation areas are closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19. If you want to find out more about when the National Parks may be opening or loosening restrictions, visit

In light of this, there are still fun ways to enjoy the Victoria Day Long Weekend, from the comfort of your own home! 

Have a campfire in the backyard

As long as there are no fire restrictions in your province, either make or buy a fire pit and sit around the fire. Share family stories or ghost stories. Then make s’mores or toasted marshmallows. You can even cook over an open fire by making foil pack meals or mountain pies (camping versions of Hot Pockets).

Camp in the backyard

If the weather cooperates, take the campfire a step further. If you have the gear, string up a hammock, put up a tent, and “rough it” from the safety of your own backyard. Click here for some ideas.

Have a backyard “drive-in”

Find a sheet, get a projector, and let the movie light up the night after the sun goes down. Click here for setup ideas that run from low tech to over the top when it comes to gear.

Hold a block dinner party

Bring a table out, and enjoy dinner with your neighbours, together but apart, as the “Today” show suggested. You can also hold a virtual wine or beer tasting party.

Get organized, deep clean

It’s time for Spring Cleaning and why not do it when you have the time to purge. Good Housekeeping has 33 easy tips to help you get the job done.

Fun with the kids

If you have children and are looking for new ideas to keep them entertained, check out this awesome website full of quarantine-friendly activities you can do with them this weekend!

Have fun and stay safe this weekend!