Victoria Day Weekend Events & Activities in Toronto
Saturday, May 16 – Monday, May 18, 2020
Though there are not many things you can do during these unprecedented times, there are few activities that can be enjoyed while physical distancing is in effect that is in accordance with Ontario’s Health Orders during this May long weekend.
Unfortunately, there are no public fireworks.
Due to COVID-19 all museums & other indoor attractions are closed and gatherings of more than 5 are prohibited.
Ontario is in a state of Emergency that mandates residents to maintain a 2-meter physical distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
1. Visit Tulips
The city of Ottawa has announced that the limited use of some spaces in the parks and beaches of Ottawa — hiking and biking is permitted.
Though the Tulip festival has gone online, you can still visit Ottawa Parks to enjoy the tulips from a safe distance.
2. Go Hiking
The Ottawa Valley area offers many hiking trails and walking opportunities for families to enjoy some fresh air and beautiful scenery not too far away from the Ottawa city core. These relaxed trails and green spaces are accessible and will allow the entire family to get connected with nature and check out the most stunning vistas in the Ottawa Valley region.
- 25 of the Best Hikes in and Around Ottawa
- 20 Family Hikes and Walks in and Around Ottawa
- 25 Must-Visit Nature Attractions and Nature Hotspots in and Around Ottawa
3. Explore Nature Attractions & Provincial Parks
Spring is a great time to go birding and there are many fabulous locations in Ottawa.
As the weather starts to warm up and the flowers start to bloom, there are many opportunities in and around Ottawa to get out and reconnect with nature. From simply hiking through stunning tree canopies and in nature preserve trails, to bird watching in a renowned conservation area, to taking advantage of the stunning waters by canoeing, swimming, and relaxing by the shore, there are a variety of options for all types of outdoor fun.
4. Go Fishing
Looking for a great fishing spot to call your own? Cast a line at:
Where to fish:
- West Carleton—Morris Island Conservation Area, Fitzroy Harbour, Fitzroy Provincial Park, MacLaren’s Landing, Buckham’s Bay Port of Call marina
- Nepean North—Shirley’s Bay, Crystal Beach, Dick Bell Park, Champlain Bridge
- Ottawa East—Rockcliffe Yacht Club, Blair Road
- Orléans East—Petrie Island
- Vanier Parkway—New Edinburgh Park, Riverain Park
- Downtown—Dow’s Lake, Brewer Park, Billings Bridge Plaza area, Windsor Park, Brantwood Park, OC Transpo Bridge (between Lees and Hurdman Stations)
- Hunt Club Bridge South to Manotick—Eccolands Park, Black Rapids locks, Chapman Mills Conservation Area, Riverside Park
- Manotick Area—Walter Upton-Collins Park, Rideau Township marina
- Kars and Osgoode Area—Long Island marina, Kars recreation area, Kars public wharf, W.A. Taylor Conservation Area
- Dilworth Road, off Highway #416—Baxter Conservation Area, Reeve Craig boat launch
- Kemptville and Kemptville Creek—Rideau River Provincial Park, Muldoon Launch, Pirate Cove Marina, Curry Park
5. Eat-In and Support Local
If you can afford to spend money during these times, order a take out from Ottawa restaurants.
6. Go Golfing
Ontario Golf Courses are open. Book a tee time! Ottawa Golf Courses.
7. Explore Public Art
Exploring Ottawa’s public artworks is one of the best physical distancing activities you can do.
8. Enjoy a Quarantine Concert
There are many free concerts live-streamed every day. Check them out.
9. Enjoy Live Theatre from around the World
With COVID-19 pandemic forcing theatres to shut their doors, many performing art centres have taken to being open virtually.
10. Explore Canada or the World From Home
Explore Canada’s arctic, Winnipeg, National Parks and many more places from Home. Travel to international or outer space destinations like the international space station, discover Egypt’s Heritage Sites from tombs to monasteries or take a trip on scenic trains in Europe virtually.