Victoria Day

Green Acre Park

We are having an absolutely beautiful holiday weekend in Waterloo, Ontario.  Temperatures are soaring well into the high 80sF.  We are 27 C at noon today and will certainly go higher before this day is over.  We’ve fought against turning on the air conditioning inside Phaeton Place so far because it still cools off nicely at night.  Green Acre Park is literally bursting at the seams with campers.  We walk Teddy around the park many times throughout the day and I don’t think there are more than 3-4 empty spots in the entire park.  We popped out briefly on Saturday morning but have sat outside under our sun shade for the most part.  A little BBQ for lunch yesterday and we are doing pork tenderloin on the BBQ for supper today.

Green Acre ParkSunrise at Green Acre Park

I’ve been asked to take some new photographs for the Green Acre Park website throughout the summer.  I was out before 6:00 am this morning with my camera and tripod trying to catch the best morning light and get some nice reflections in the main pond inside the park.  It was a gorgeous morning with beaucoup reflections as you can see in these photographs.  Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse!  There is nothing more peaceful and relaxing for me than seeing nature undisturbed first thing in the morning.  Awesome!

Green Acre ParkGreen Acre Park

I think I like “Sunrise at Green Acre Park” best out the three photographs.  Which is your favorite?

Chris is busy at the picnic table working on her nutrition course while I tinker with my photographs.  Teddy mutters to himself whenever another dog goes by our site.  He’s just trying to be friendly and figures every dog should want to play with him.  The swimming pool seems to be very popular with everyone.  Anything for a chance to cool off a little.  We haven’t tried the pool ourselves yet but may just have to go for a dip before this long weekend is over.  Victoria Day is the long weekend in Canada that signals the start of camping season.  Most of the RV parks gear themselves to be ready for the May long weekend and Green Acre Park has done a great job sprucing things up.

Here’s a little history on Victoria Day:

The birthday of Queen Victoria was a day for celebration in Canada long before Confederation, with the first legislation regarding the event being in 1845 passed by the parliament of the Province of Canada to officially recognize May 24 as the Queen’s birthday.[1] It was noted that on that date in 1854, the 35th birthday of Queen Victoria, some 5,000 residents of Canada West gathered in front of Government House (near present day King and Simcoe Streets in Toronto) to “give cheers to their queen.”[2] On May 24, 1866, the town of Omemee, also in Canada West, mounted a day-long fête to mark the occasion, including a gun salute at midnight, pre-dawn serenades, picnics, athletic competitions, a display of illuminations, and a torch-light procession.[3]

Victoria Day, 1854; crowds gather outside Government House in Toronto

Following the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, May 24 was by imperial decree made Empire Day throughout the British Empire, while, in Canada, it became officially known as Victoria Day,[1] a date to remember the late queen, who was deemed the “Mother of Confederation”.[4] Over the ensuing decades, the official date in Canada of the reigning sovereign’s birthday changed through various royal proclamations until the haphazard format was abandoned in 1952. That year, the Governor-General-in-Council moved Empire Day and an amendment to the law moved Victoria Day both to the Monday before May 25,[1][5] and the monarch’s official birthday in Canada was by regular vice-regal proclamations made to fall on this same date every year between 1953 and January 31, 1957, when the link was made permanent by royal proclamation.[1][6] The following year, Empire Day was renamed Commonwealth Day and in 1977 it was moved to the second Monday in March, leaving the Monday before May 25 only as both Victoria Day and the Queen’s Birthday.

Victoria Day celebrations were marred by tragedy in 1881, when a passenger ferry named Victoria overturned in the Thames River, near London, Ontario. The boat departed in the evening with 600 to 800 people on board — three times the allowable passenger capacity — and capsized part way across the river, drowning some 182 individuals, including a large number of children who had been with their families for Victoria Day picnics at Springbank Park. The event came to be known as the Victoria Day disaster.[7]

3 Comments

  1. Anne McKinnell May 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    Hi Mark, I really enjoyed browsing through your website. This looks like a beautiful RV park! We high-tailed it through Ontario as fast as we possibly could because a big heat wave was coming, but maybe next time we will have a bit more time to spend and visit this place. It looks very inviting and you are doing a great job photographing it.

  2. Mark May 23, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    Ontario is great! There are so many lakes and rivers, our nation’s capital in Ottawa, Algonquin Park and the drive across the top of Lake Superior and Georgian Bay is simply stunning. Come on up and stay awhile!

  3. Donna and Dennis May 23, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    We haven’t been to Ontario, and I would really love to go ..It looks lovely!