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victoria day weekend
aka the Biggest Birthday Bash for the Greatest Monarch in British History
…but celebrated only in Canada, excluding the provinces of Nova Scotia / Newfoundland / Prince Edward Island / Quebec…
What exactly is Victoria Day Weekend?
-essentially, it signals the end of winter (put away the ice skates and the full hockey gear)
and the beginning of spring / summer (take out the street hockey gear)
-nominally, it celebrates the birthday of Queen Victoria
Why does Canada celebrate Queen Victoria?
-Victoria is considered the “Mother of Confederation” (it is a Canadian thing)
-Canada is a member of the Commonwealth and is still very much about Queen & Country
How does one celebrate Victoria Day Weekend?
-ideally, since she was born on May 24th, one purchases a two-four (aka, case of beer)
and sits by the river bank and dreams of a frozen river and playing hockey
-one raises the Royal Union Flag and offers a 21-gun salute
-reads speeches by Pierre Elliot Trudeau, father of Justin
How is terroir celebrating Victoria Day Weekend?
-by enjoying many a Canadian beverage:
Kölsch (lagered ale…you know you love it!), Steamworks Brewing Co., Vancouver, British Columbia
Dernière Volonté (Belgian-style IPA), Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!, St.-Jérôme, Quebec
Riesling, Tawse, 2012, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Pinot Noir, Norman Hardie, 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
We look forward to seeing you this weekend.
The official / unvarnished / lacking-alternative-facts story of Queen Victoria:
-born Alexandrina Victoria on May 24th, 1819
-her official title was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland AND Empress of India
-she married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1840 (he was her first cousin)
-she gave birth to nine children…damnnnnnnnnnn!...
all of whom married into other royal and noble families
-she ruled for just over 63 years…
just about as long as the Rolling Stones have been a band