Kick off your summer in Vaughan
Explore the city this Victoria Day weekend
The Victoria Day weekend is around the corner – which signals the unofficial start of the summer season. Skip the cottage traffic and make plans to spend your long weekend in Vaughan! Whether you’re playing tourist close to home or visiting Vaughan for the first time, there is lots to explore in the city.
From fireworks to markets and so much more – plenty is happening over the long weekend! For a full list of events, explore visitvaughan.ca and check out the Summer in Vaughan webpage for Victoria Day weekend ideas.
Here are a few highlights to get your planning started:
Hike our nature trails
Explore the city’s beauty with the Great Walks of Vaughan, featuring a variety of trail options weaving throughout several of Vaughan’s scenic neighbourhoods. No matter what you’re interested in – a calming walk in North Maple Regional Park, an easy stroll in Sonoma Heights, or an energizing hike through the forest in the Maple Nature Reserve – you’ll find it right here in Vaughan!
Enjoy family fun at its finest
Make Vaughan your destination for family fun! Vaughan community centres are open on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 for drop-in activities, including recreational and length swimming, family basketball, adult pickleball and youth badminton. In addition, fitness classes, such as bootcamp, barre, yoga, Zumba and spin, are available to individuals ages 13 and older. Program offerings vary by location. Pre-registration and pre-payment is available one week in advance of the scheduled activity. For schedules and links to online registration, visit vaughan.ca/recreation.
Visit Vaughan’s downtown core
The Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) is an emerging arts, culture and entertainment district and home to Vaughan’s first university and subway station. It features the first City of Vaughan-curated panoramic art installation, Metropolis in Motion, at the south gateway of the VMC along Highway 7. This three-dimensional art mural by Vaughan-based artist Frank Mazzuca gradually reveals two different images depending on your viewing perspective. And when you get hungry, you can stop for some great food! Whether you’ve got a hungry family to feed or are looking for a quick snack, there are so many delicious options super close to the VMC. Check out local dining options – from restaurants to bakeries and cafés, you’ll find something to please every palate.
Shop until you drop!
From outlet malls to unique boutiques, check out great shopping options in and around the city. Vaughan plays host to a ton of amazing attractions: no matter what you’re looking for – roller-coasters, reptiles or LEGO bricks – you’ll find something for everyone to enjoy!
Plan your travels
Consider using the York Region Transit Trip Planner Tool, which makes it easy to navigate Vaughan’s neighbourhoods no matter where you’re visiting from.
Stay for the whole weekend
Exploring the city of Vaughan is a great one-day trip, but it’s an even better weekend getaway! With so much to discover and explore, 24 hours just isn’t enough. You can make the most of your visit by planning an overnight stay. Choose from a wide range of accommodations waiting for you at visitvaughan.ca/accommodations.
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