This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer for Canadians. On Monday we’re celebrating Victoria Day and today at five o’clock you’ll be able to hear bottles of beer open across the country simultaneously.
Three to four-day weekends are meant to be taken advantage of! Having that extra day off work means one extra day of fun and relaxation but it doesn’t have to include an expensive vacation somewhere. Here are a few inexpensive long-weekend ideas.
Though it’s too early in the year for me, I know a lot of people who start their camping season this weekend. Since I prefer to camp in a tent it’s still a bit too damp and cold at night for my style. If you’re a trailer of 5th wheel type of ”camper” then you’ll likely be taking advantage of this extra day to get outdoors for a bit (and then quickly retreat to your furnace-heated house on wheels).
A weekend of camping (our style) won’t cost more than $100. This includes any park fees, alcohol if drinking, gas and extra s’mores ingredients. Not bad for a whole weekend of fun! We almost always bring food from home to cut out an extra grocery trip and try to pre-make some dinners which would just require a re-heat on a fire or stove (think something like chili). Since the prime real estate in the cooler belongs to beer or rum, we don’t want to fill it with a bunch of unnecessary containers and ingredients so we keep it simple for breakfast and lunch with toast, bagels burgers or hotdogs. I’m only half kidding.
I love picnics. I don’t know why we don’t do them more often. They’re cheap, fun and a great excuse to get outside. We’re actually hoping mother nature cooperates enough this weekend to do one with kiddo, her first!
I say Etc because I’m going to lump in art gallery’s, zoo’s, aquariums and alike. Halifax has a few great museums and a farm/zoo about 40 minutes outside the city. I wish we had an aquarium like Boston’s(!), and for the life of me can’t understand why we don’t, but sadly I can’t change that so I’ll have to settle for some goats and peacocks at the ‘zoo’. Check out long-weekend prices because sometimes main attractions lower their prices for long weekends to attract tourists.
Need I say more? Any excuse for me to eat something off a grill is enough reason for me. Food simply taste better when it’s grilled. Meat, veggies or fruit…yummm….
Alongside BBQ’s we also like to have a fire in our backyard firepit. For the cost of some ground beef (I always make my burgers from scratch!), and a few beers (or drink of choice) we have ourselves a whole evening of fun with friends and family.
This is something I plan to do more of this summer especially since I got myself a fancy-smancy baby carrier that I can put baby M in (which I wrote about here). We have some beautiful hiking trails that I have yet to explore so will capitalize on my three day weekends and hike it up!
Not So Fun
I have to include it since it’s something a lot of people use their long weekends for, and that’s cleaning. No one loves to clean but a long weekend is sometimes exactly what the cleaning fairy ordered! De-clutter and clean the house and yard up. We plan on cleaning the house and if the weather cooperates, the yard this weekend. I’d love to get some gardening done too but Mother Nature is toying with me and I don’t want to kill any plants with drastic temperature changes.
What are your favorite long-weekend activities?