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Victoria Day: The 24th of May (and Every Day) in Newfoundland

The sun didn't set on her empire but Queen Victoria didn't make use of all that daylight to see her world. In fact, she didn't leave Europe.  You'd never guess that here in Newfoundland.   Like good, loyal subjects we didn't let the fact that she'd never been near the place dampen our enthusiasm for her.  Like lots of places, we put her face on coins and stamps. We borrowed her name for communities and parks across the island. Even one of our most iconic landmarks was built in her honour... all of that's nothing compared to how we celebrate her birthday. May 24th, Queen Victoria's birthday, is still one of the most anticipated long-weekends of the year in Newfoundland.  Not that many of us spend a lot of time thinking of Victoria -- we're mostly checking the weather forecast and ensuring we have enough propane to heat the trailer.  It's become, a sort of unofficial first weekend of summer and a sizeable piece of the Newfoundland populace takes ad

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