Victoria Day is marked as a public holiday. May Long Weekend has always been the unofficial start of Canada's summer. Welcome the warmer weather, and get outside on the open road! So you're looking for something fun to do during the May long weekend, but the prospect of Vancouver's crowded streets, patios and beaches diminishes your enthusiasm?
Why not take a trip over the new Port Mann Bridge and spend your holiday weekend in British Columbia's second-biggest city?
Surrey has grown by leaps and bounds over the last several years.
So with all those accolades, surely there must be some fun activities to do during the long weekend, right?
Absolutely! If you're looking for an enjoyable outing East of the Fraser River, Surrey has plenty of fun for the entire family.
Surrey was formerly known as The City of Parks, and although The Future Lives Here now, the parks are still a top-notch way to spend a budget-conscious day with your family. Among my favourite (being born, raised and residing in Surrey):
BEAR CREEK PARK (13750 - 88 AVENUE)
I spent a large portion of my childhood here, and the amenities have only increased since then.
If you want to go for a nice hike along the wooded trails, you won't have to look far.
The park also features a public swimming pool, playground, running track, several large picnic areas and a mini-train the kids love. All that, plus 18 holes of mini golf make this one of the best parks in the city.
It is not uncommon to see a wedding party taking pictures in the beautiful garden. If it's good enough for their special day, it is certainly a great way to spend some of your long weekend.
HOLLAND PARK (13428 OLD YALE ROAD)
One of Surrey's newest, Holland Park is somewhere I spend a lot of my free time.
It features a small playground and a few amenities, but the major charm of this spot is it's large open fields. You'll have no trouble finding a patch of grass to relax or throw a Frisbee over these 10 acres, and the centrepiece fountain is a modest, tranquil spot.
If you are looking for space to have a picnic or a game of catch, Holland Park should be your destination.
It is also steps from King George SkyTrain station, making the trip cost-effective.
GREEN TIMBERS URBAN FOREST NATURE TRAILS (14400 100 AVENUE)
If parks aren't really your thing, but you love the outdoors, there is nothing better than an afternoon spent walking these trails.
With five kilometres of walking distance, you will come across wetlands, grassland meadows and even a large lake nestled in the centre of your hike.
It is one of the best nature walks in the Lower Mainland and a wonderfully relaxing destination for your long weekend.
There's also trout fishing in the lake for any anglers with a valid B.C. freshwater fishing licence.
Definitely an added perk if fishing is a hobby.