Hello Summer!

This weekend we roll into the first long weekend of summer by celebrating Victoria Day on Monday. Canadians itch for the feel of sunshine on their faces after a long winter and this weekend is shaping up to offer lots of it, according to the Weather Network.  I for one hope the weather man is correct this weekend, as many of the local seasonal attractions will be opening their doors for the start of summer fun. I know many of you will be headed out-of-town to open cottages, trailers or looking forward to the first camping trip of the season, but if you are sticking around London, here are a few options of where to go for summer fun this Victoria Day weekend.


East Park

Race into summer this weekend with a trip to East Park! You know summer has arrived, when the Go-Karts hit full speed ahead in the east end of London. That’s right, this weekend you can hit the driving range, play a round of golf or mini golf, practice your swing in the batting cages, and of course enjoy everything that the indoor attractions have to offer in the INTENCITY, after spinning around the Go-Kart track. Unless you can convince the powers that be to open up the waterpark, you will have to wait until May 26th, but there is still plenty to keep you busy in the interim. FYI; a season’s pass will get you access to the park anytime you want all summer long. Just saying!

Fanshawe Pioneer Village

As of May 19th, Fanshawe Pioneer Village will also open its doors for their 53rd season. You can wander through the village on a self-guided tour, through an example of rural living in this area from about 1820-1920. You can peek through the schoolhouse or church, watch people dressed in period costume tend the garden or work at the sawmill, or even stop into the general store or cafe to purchase handmade treats, gifts or snacks. On Monday, May 21st celebrate her royal majesty the Queen the old-fashioned way. There will be historical games, speeches and a vintage game of baseball all in celebration of Queen Victoria’s birthday.

Storybook Gardens

The park itself may not close during the off-season, but certain sections of it does. With all the sunshine that is forecasted for this weekend, the re-opening of the splash pad will be a welcome thing to area children and parents alike. Along with the splash pad, the ferris wheel will begin spinning again on May 19th for another season. The train, carousel, swings, elephant ride and super slide are all open for fun in the sun as well. Don’t forget to check out Pirate Island, Old McDonald’s Farm and the maze. If you go, make sure that you stop by to say goodbye to the harbour seals too, as their last weekend at the park is May 26-27, before being relocated to the St Louis Zoo.

Play On!

If you are looking for something a little different this weekend, how does Canada’s favourite pastime of hockey sound? On May 19-20, 2012, all across Canada there will be a street hockey tournament to beat all games. And right here in London, Ontario, players will be grabbing their sticks for London’s 6th annual weekend hockey game. This year, Victoria Park  will host Canada’s largest Sports Festival, with divisions for all ages, genders and skill levels. If  London’s own hockey league, the London Knights, will be there, maybe you should be too! See you there!