May Long 2023

May Long 2023: What to Expect and How to Make the Most of the Long Weekend

May Long is one of the most anticipated long weekends of the year in Canada. It falls on the weekend before Victoria Day, which is celebrated on the Monday before May 25th. This means that in 2023, May Long will fall on May 19th to 22nd, giving Canadians an extra day to enjoy the beginning of summer. Here is what you can expect and how to make the most of the long weekend.

What to Expect on May Long 2023?

May Long is traditionally the start of the camping season in Canada. This year, there will likely be a surge in camping reservations as people flock to the great outdoors after a long winter. If you plan on camping, make sure to reserve your spot early as availability may be limited.

For those not interested in camping, May Long is still a great time to get outside and enjoy nature. Many national parks and provincial parks have day-use areas that are open to the public, allowing you to hike, bike, or have a picnic. Keep in mind that some parks may have limited capacities, so check ahead and plan accordingly.

If you prefer to stay closer to home, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy. Many communities have festivals and events to celebrate the long weekend. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to check local guidelines to see what is allowed.

How to Make the Most of May Long 2023?

With an extra day off, you have more time to relax and enjoy the long weekend. Here are some suggestions for making the most of the time:

1. Plan Ahead

With the popularity of May Long, many activities and campgrounds can fill up quickly. Plan ahead and make any necessary reservations early to ensure you get the activities and accommodations you want.

2. Stay Safe

May Long is a time for celebration, but safety should always be a priority. If you plan on drinking alcohol, make sure to have a designated driver or use a ridesharing service. If you are camping, make sure to follow fire safety guidelines and keep your campsite clean to avoid attracting wildlife.

3. Try New Activities

With an extra day, May Long is the perfect time to try new activities. Go kayaking, fishing, or try zip-lining. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and try something new.

4. Spend Time with Family and Friends

May Long is a great opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends. Plan a BBQ, have a picnic, or gather around a campfire. There’s something special about spending time with loved ones and enjoying the beautiful scenery.


1. Is May Long the same in all provinces?

No, May Long is not a statutory holiday in all provinces. However, it is often recognized as a long weekend in many provinces, including Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario.

2. What can I do if all the campsites are booked?

If all the campsites are booked, consider alternative accommodations, such as cabins or vacation rentals. You can also look for backcountry camping options or try camping on crown land (public land that is not designated as a park or protected area).

3. Will there be fireworks?

Fireworks displays are often a popular May Long activity. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many communities may not have fireworks displays this year. Check local guidelines to see what activities are allowed.

4. Can I travel during May Long?

Yes, you can travel during May Long. However, it is important to follow local guidelines and restrictions. Some provinces may have travel restrictions in place, so check ahead before making any travel plans.


May Long is a great time to enjoy the beginning of summer and spend quality time with family and friends. Regardless of how you choose to celebrate, remember to plan ahead, stay safe, and have fun.