Victoria Day


It’s Victoria Day! In honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday and Canada’s unofficial start of summer, most of us have today off to sit back and enjoy ourselves. If you are in need of something to do, here is what is open and closed today:


There will be no garbage/recycling/yard waste pick up today and no Canada Post delivery

Grocery stores and drug stores (excluding a select few)

All malls

City of London indoor pools


LCBO and Beer Stores

All public libraries

Government offices



Movie Theatres

Many Garden Centres (e.g. Home Depot, Lowe’s, Heeman’s)

Fanshawe Pioneer Village/Fanshawe Conservation Area

Storybook Gardens

London Children’s Museum

Palasad North and South

Boler Mountain Treetop Adventure and Mountain Bike Trails



Victoria Day Fireworks


This Monday is Victoria Day and one of the two days each year where we are allowed to set off fireworks in the city. If you are interested in staying up to see them, there is only one public show happening. You are allowed to set off your own fireworks if you follow the rules and precautions set out by the London Fire Department.


WHERE: Fanshawe Conservation Area

WHEN: Monday, May 18 at dusk

WHAT: Approximately 40 minute firework display, weather permitting

ADMISSION: $15 per car


If you decide to have your own fireworks show at home, the City of London Fire Department recommends the following:

  • Only responsible adults who are aware of the hazards and appropriate care required should handle or discharge fireworks. Never use illegal fireworks. Firecrackers are illegal.
  • Carefully read and follow the label directions on fireworks packaging.
  • Always keep a water hose or pail of water close by when discharging fireworks.
  • Keep sparklers away from children.  They can cause severe burns.
  • Light only one firework at a time and only when they are on the ground. Never try to light a firework in your hand or re-light dud fireworks.
  • Discharge fireworks well away from combustible materials such as buildings, trees and dry grass.
  • Discharge fireworks only if wind conditions do not create a fire or safety hazard.
  • Keep onlookers a safe distance away, upwind from the area where fireworks are discharged.


If you or your children are wondering why we are even celebrating this long weekend, read up on Queen Victoria HERE or HERE!