...because the long weekend is almost here. The Victoria Day long weekend. Yes the Monday which falls on or before the 24th of May is a national holiday in Canada when we celebrate the birthday of the Queen of England. Generally if you ask any Canadian, only a few could name Queen Elizabeth II as our reigning Monarch. Her actual birthday is in April but Queen Victoria started it all. Yes Canada is part of the British Commonwealth along with Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India and a bunch of other countries.