Monday May 21st is Victoria Day, a day to honour Queen Victoria’s birthday, May 24, 1819.

For many people, the Victoria Day long weekend marks the unofficial start to summer, longer, warmer days, gardening, outdoor play, camping trips and for some, cottage season.

If you don’t have any plans this weekend you may be looking for something to do with the family. Whether you want to stay at home, stay within your community, or take a road trip, we’ve got some suggestions the whole family will love.

1. See a Fireworks Display: During long weekends there are usually multiple firework displays going on in and around communities. Check this site for just a few of the firework displays happening in Southern Ontario this Victoria Day long weekend.

2. Bike Ride: Get the bikes out, if you haven’t already. There are so many great parks and trails in Ontario to ride bikes.

3. Take a Trip to Niagara Falls: Whether it’s a day trip or overnight there is so much to see and do in Niagara Falls.

4. Plan a Picnic: Work together as a family to choose a destination, pack a delicious picnic lunch and hit the road.

5. Canada’s Wonderland: Canada’s Wonderland is now officially open for the season and there is something fun for all ages.

6. Garden: The May long weekend usually marks the end of frosty weather so gardeners can go ahead and plant their less hardy flowers and plants.

7. Have a BBQ: Invite some friends and family over and BBQ lunch or dinner and enjoy the weather.

8. Visit the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre: Children can learn so much while they get to experience nature, wildlife and the environment.

9. Go to the Movies: Summer months usually bring the biggest blockbusters, find a movie you can all agree on that is family appropriate and spend an afternoon at the movies.

10. Ottawa Tulip Festival: Visit the Capitol of Canada and enjoy their annual Tulip festival, it ends this weekend.

11. Visit a farmers Market: Farmers Markets are open for the season! Visit a Farmers Market for the chance to shop and buy farm fresh products directly from the producer. Find a Farmers market near.

12. Take a Boat Cruise: There are so many cruise types to choose from; sightseeing cruise, lunch cruise, dinner cruise or a sunset cruise. The nice thing is you can find boat cruises all across Ontario, so they may not be too far from home.

13. Waterfalls of Hamilton: Head to the Hamilton area, walk a trail and explore some of many waterfalls in the area.

14. Visit the Toronto Zoo (Toronto): Walking around the zoo is not only great exercise but also educational. Children can learn all about animals from around the world. Splash Island opens this weekend so be sure to bring swimwear to cool off.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy long weekend!