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What to do May Long weekend

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It’s here! Summer is here!

It’s May long weekend in Canada and next weekend in the US.

Many things to do May Long Weekend

Camping, gardening, bicycling, and many more activities are a good indication that summer is here. The May long weekend is what we wait for all winter long and some years all long winter.

I know I will be out investigating my new neighborhood, walking the trails, riding my bike, and definitely barbecuing some nice food on the grill.

Summer is here

Where I grew up, May long weekend is usually the first warm weather we usually had, living on the Great Lakes in Northern Ontario, Canada.

This weekend is typically the gardener’s Delight as they make their way to get their new plants at the greenhouses, plus checking out the new patio furniture and decor for outside.

This spring brought new challenges to our house because we’re now living an apartment on the 6th floor, with a very large balcony, in Southern Ontario. Read about the move here.

The weather down here is warmer weather with a longer season. The excitement of being able to go and get plants and outdoor furniture for the balcony is very real.

The balcony garden

Making an outdoor living space on the balcony that feels like you are in a garden, is what I am attempting to do. Watch for a blog on the results of how I do this….

The garden will be mostly containers, some that are large, some that are small. There will be a laddered wall that will be used to grow herbs and other small items like radish and lettuce.

cucumbers tomatoes ornamental cabbage herbs

The plants that will be cultivated over the season will be tomatoes, cucumbers, some carrots, definitely beets, green onions, chives, sunflowers and a variety of other bush-type perennials that are small and will winter on the balcony well.

City parks, trails and activity centres

Our neighborhood and most other neighbourhoods in our city are flush with walking trails, parks and conservation areas. I have walked to several of them so far I have found some very interesting spots. Conservation areas are a little ways away and it’s always nice to go with someone to those. Spring flowers, the birds and the water life are always an interesting sight to see.

It’s also time to tune up the bike and get out and get some exercise of a different form. The bike takes you several other places quicker so you do get to see more and everything is fairly accessible by bike in this community.

Barbeque or BBQ season


The long weekend in May usually meaning the opening of the barbecue season for most people I prefer to barbecue year-round but that’s not what everyone wants to do.

It would be interesting to know how many hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks, were cooked over the weekend.

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Camp, cottage, trailer or tent

Camping is another thing that a lot of people will be doing on the long weekend. People camp in tents, tents trailers, cottages and camps as we call them in Northern Ontario.

There are a lot of people with places that they go on the May long weekend every year. Many will brave the icy cold water of one of the Great Lakes or an inland lake. Having sommores over the fire, having a fire to just sit around and tell jokes or ghost stories and singing. The time left is for hikes, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, and for some there is fishing. Of course, the best is the time for general relaxing and taking it easy time.

What have you got planned for the May long weekend? Share in the comments below. I would love to know what people are up to.

Need some ideas?

Here are 10 “To Do” ideas for the May long weekend!

10 Ideas for the May Long Weekend

1) Take a day hike to a Conservation area /park.

2) Invite family and or friends over for a BBQ and relaxing fire in the firepit after the sun goes down.

3) Go for a bike ride.

4)Explore your city’s largest park.

5) Get friends and family together to play softball and have a picnic.

6) Do your annual trek to the cottage to open up and enjoy for the rest of the cottage season. Don’t forget the BBQ fixings.

7) Go to the greenhouse to get all your plants and planting accessories so you can start planting.

8) Get on your bike and go for a ride.

9) Go to the zoo or Butterfly house.

10) Go roughing it camping with a tent trailer or tent, sleeping bags and cook on a fire.

Plus Other things a long weekend is useful for

1) Going to visit family

2) Doing a short trip to watch a ball game and maybe some shopping.

3) Decluttering your home a.k.a. spring cleaning. Click here for ideas of where to rehome this stuff.

4) Cleaning up your yard to make it summer-ready.

5) NOTHING but straight R & R. This is good because you will be soooo rejuvenated by the end of the weekend.

I’m off to the greenhouse to start on my balcony garden. Comment below and tell me what you plan to do.




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2020-01-29 7:49 PM

You live in a beautiful country with four seasons, it’s nice to have these activities in place whenever the most awaited season arrives. I once lived in a fourseason country, group gathering was common for us. We play games, sing songs, BBQ and having delicious food at a beautiful park. Missed those days. 

Thanks for your sharing.

2020-01-29 7:23 PM

When I was a kid, the May long weekend was the first weekend with warm enough weather to go camping.  We lived in the mountains in British Columbia so my parents would pack up us kids, the dog, and cat, hook up the trailer and off we went.  Some of my best memories are from our May long weekend excursions!

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2020-01-29 7:22 PM

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