Some of us Canadians might have forgotten why the holiday we just celebrated is called Victoria Day. The holiday is held always on the first Monday before May 24th to celebrate Queen Victoria of England who was born on May 25th; 1819.The birthday became an official public holiday in 1845 and is typically celebrated with picnics, fireworks, and parades. Queen Victoria died on January 22, 1901 after serving as the monarch for 63 years. Her great, great, granddaughter, today’s Queen Elizabeth11 has to date served as monarch for 64 years.
Interestingly, the park near the falls is called Queen Victoria Park and it opened on May 25, Victoria Day in 1888.It is considered the “heart” of the lovely Niagara Parks Gardens. Surprisingly, there is no sign anywhere in the park that lets the public know the name of this gorgeous park or a plaque that tells about Canada’s Victoria Day holiday. I believe not only would Canadians find this of interest but also many of our visitors from the United States.
Here’s a photograph taken in Queen Victoria Park with tulips and the American Falls in the distance.