For some May Long has been highly anticipated since the beginning of the year. Mostly because it’s the turn of the season when things start to get hot and sunny. For others, the long weekend has come up like a sneak attach–reading this post may be your first reminder that Victoria Day is just around the corner.
For all, I’m sure, the weekend is being met with open arms. However, the only possible downfall is that an extra Sunday usually means that a couple of extra dollars—or 50—is likely to be unloaded out of your pocket, or off your credit card.
But! That doesn’t have to be the case. Here are a list of totally free things to do this long weekend, whether you’re in northern B.C., on the coast of B.C. or maybe you’re not even in B.C.–these activities are sure to keep you busy before realizing the sweet long weekend has come to an end. (PS: Netflix is not on the list.)
1) Take a hike through a regional park. Pack a bottle of water, maybe even a sandwich and get on the trails! Regional parks and trails are vibrant throughout B.C. and Alberta. Pick up a map at your local visitor centre or do a quick Google search!
2) Garage sale-ing. Okay, this may not be free–if you end up finding treasure-junk (as I like to call it). A list of garage sales in a community are usually posted on a local classifieds sites or local news station site. Find an area that has multiple sales in one neighbourhood. Fill a tumbler with some home-brewed coffee and peruse the streets for garage-sale gold (which is usually a kitschy cup for $.50)
3) Farmers’ Market. Farmers’ Markets are great because there’s so much to see and hear. It’s also a great place to explore all the local talent. You don’t to have necessarily buy something every time you go, you can show your support by simply taking interest in their products, and hopefully, you’ll consider buying local the next time you need that certain something. Like organic soap and body wash, or a new house decoration, or honey.
4) Picnic. Okay, this one is probably a cliche. But really, when was the last time you actually had a picnic? Pack a cooler, or a picnic basket (my mother-in-law snagged me a picnic basket for $2 at a garage sale), and fill it with yesterday’s leftovers, or a quick salad. Bring whatever drinks you have in the fridge–even if it’s water, and head out to the lake. Don’t forget a blanket! Tuck a book or magazine in your bag and take some time to unwind.
5) Slo-pitch tournament. Slo-pitch tournaments usually happen in most communities during May Long Weekend. I’m not saying go join one, although you can, instead you can go watch one! It’s a free game and makes for some great people watching. You won’t even notice it, but by the end you’ll become a full-fledge slo-pitch commentator. Even if you don’t know half the rules of the game.
Alright folks, that’s all I have for now. And if you’re wondering how I came up with that list–those were all activities my family and I did last weekend. We may have splurged a bit on the garage sales (a $10-haul), but all-in-all we had made such great memories and didn’t break the bank!