Main picture, scene from Virgil Stampede.

It looks like there is tons to do locally with the family if you are looking to get out and enjoy some Victoria Day long weekend events.  Here are some of our top picks:

Virgil Stampede

The Virgil Stampede starts today on Saturday, May 19th. The Stampede includes lots of variety including amusement rides, pony rides, refreshment stands, silent auctions, and a demolition derby. Fireworks at 9:30 pm on Monday are a must-see and for the full line up of events check here for the schedule.


Sat. May 19: 9:30am – 10:00pm
Sun. May 20: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Mon. May 21: 9:30am – 11:00pm

Admission Cost

Adults $5.00/ea
Children under 15 Free
Sunday May 20: Free Admission


Lakeside Park Carousel Opening
The opening of the Lakeside Park Carousel is today, Saturday, May 19, always a family favourite.

May 19 – June 3, 2018: open on weekends and holidays from 11 am – 8 pm.
June 9 – August 31, 2018: open daily from 11 am – 8 pm.
September 1 – October 8, 2018: open on weekends and holidays from 11 am – 6 pm.
Location: Lakeside Park, 1 Lakeport Road, St. Catharines


Fireworks at Heartland Forest

Saturday, May 19th at 7pm a great fireworks night awaits you at Heartland Forest. There are also lots of other activities for the kids like Tootsie Express train rides, mini putt and more.


Cost:$15 per carload, bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.  For full details visit their website HERE.


Fireworks at the Falls

If fireworks are your thing, another option are the fireworks displays in Niagara Falls, with regular shows every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night until the end of June and then every night until the end of September. For full schedule details, check out the Niagara Parks website.

This weekend, the Victoria Day fireworks display are on May 21st at 10pm, weather permitting.


Victoria Day Celebrations at the Welland Sports Complex

Victoria Day festivities at the Welland Sports Complex include activities and fireworks. Enjoy face painting, 9-hole Mini-Putt Golf Course, Pirate Ship Inflatable, Marshall the Firedog Bouncer and more. Fireworks at 9:30pm  on May 20, over the canal. This is a free event.

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 6:30pm to 9:30pm

For more information visit the Welland Community Wellness Complex website HERE.

Happy Rolph’s

The animals will be at Happy Rolph’s Animal Farm starting Victoria Day weekend. Enjoy the animals as well as picnic areas, a nature trail along the water, and a large playground.

Location: 650 Read Rd. (corner of Read Rd. and Northrup Cres.), St. Catharines


Victoria Day Picnic at the Farm


On Victoria Day Long Weekend OstrichLand Farm opens its doors to the public for the summer season! Come spend a day (May 20, 2018) at the farm with your whole family with great food, music, fun games and activities to keep you and your kids busy for the whole day.

Discover the unique countryside activities like campfire and farm excursions, feed the farm animals (including ostriches, alpacas, goats and many more!), have a ride on our cute pony and try catching a rabbit with your bare hands! Take tons of great pictures with beautiful countryside scenery. And don’t forget to pack a picnic basket!

No time to pack a picnic basket? No worries, they have a FARM CAFE ($$) servicing great tasting ostrich burgers, sausages and authentic Crimean chebureki!

FARM STORE ($$) is also opening its welcoming doors with great fresh farm produce available for purchase. So you won’t leave the farm empty-handed! Fresh free-range eggs, natural unpasteurized local honey, farmers fresh bread, fresh dairy (including fresh farmer’s cheese and ryazhenka) and homemade preserves!

Ticket Prices are as listed below and full details of the event HERE:

Adult 20$
Child (3 years and up) 10$
Family Pass (2 adults, 2 children) 50$

Whatever you do this long weekend, enjoy!

Let us know what you think!