Victoria Day is a Canadian holiday, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be celebrated around the world. And what better place to celebrate it than a place named Victoria?
I’m not sure how old I was when I realized there was a “Victoria Day.” But I thought it was the coolest thing ever. A holiday dedicated to me?? How awesome was that??
Ok. So maybe it wasn’t exactly dedicated to me. Maybe it was for this pretty well-known lady… Queen Victoria. Perhaps you’ve heard of her? Well, either way, I used it as an excuse to celebrate myself. At the beginning of each year when I got a new calendar, I looked up when Victoria Day was (it’s celebrated on the last Monday before May 25th). Then as I got older and started to travel, I thought it would be super cool to visit different places named “Victoria.” Since this woman was pretty famous, it was kind of easy to find places named after her. 😉
I’ve been to a few already, but a couple of my blogger friends have suggested even more places to visit that were named after
me Queen Victoria.
Victoria is the second smallest and second most populous state in Australia. Located in the South East corner of the country, it packs a huge punch.
We live in the capital of Melbourne – a city of over 4 million which is full of fun things to do. It is known as the sporting, cultural, shopping and eating capital of Australia and it’s lots of fun trying out all of these things. I particularly love all the great food and the fact that there is always a fun event to go to.
There is plenty to do in the rest of the state too. From watching the penguin parade at Phillip Island, to the scenery on the Great Ocean Road, to panning for gold in Ballarat, to tasting top wines in the Yarra Valley, to visiting the many beautiful beaches and towns, there are plenty of great things to do in this Victoria.
Victoria (the capital of British Columbia, Canada) is located on the east side Vancouver Island. I’ve been to Victoria a few times and I love visiting this city. Victoria has relatively mild weather (compared to the rest of Canada) so the gardening season is longer there meaning I can go to Victoria and see beautiful flowers when there might still be snow back home. Victoria is small and easily walkable, but there is still a lot to do there.
I love getting a tuna tacone from Red Fish Blue Fish, a seafood restaurant located right on the harbour, and watching the float planes and boats go by. The British Columbia Legislature is across from the Inner Harbour and you can get a free tour of the building. There’s also the nearby Empress Hotel, which helps give Victoria its sense of Britishness because they have high tea there. Last time I was in Victoria, I went to Miniature World (more for kids, but I still loved it), visited Craigdarroch Castle (a historic mansion now turned museum), and did a whale watching tour.
Located near the Gulf of Mexico, Victoria is a growing city in the county of Victoria (so cool!). It is part of the Main Street Program, which is dedicated to historic preservation, innovation, and community pride. There are a lot of cute locally-owned shops, up-and-coming restaurants, and great architecture. They also have a great Framer’s Market where they have arts and crafts, food vendors, and music.
Of course, if you’re in Great Britain, you’re sure to find a lot of places named Victoria as well.
So maybe you had never heard of Victoria Day. But now you know, and I believe you should go out and celebrate! Have a drink for me, Queen Victoria, and/or any Victoria you know. And if you can celebrate it in a place named Victoria, even better! 😉
Have you ever celebrated Victoria Day? What’s your favorite place that’s named Victoria? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂