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Cheapflights Canada

May 18, 2010 12:36 ET

Cheapflights.ca Celebrates Victoria Day

Creates Top 10 List of Global Destinations Named in Honour of the Queen

TORONTO--(Marketwire - May 18, 2010) -  This upcoming weekend, Canadians across the nation will be enjoying the first long weekend of the summer as Monday, May 24th, is a public holiday in honour of Queen Victoria's birthday. As Canada is a member of the Commonwealth and a former British colony, the whole nation celebrates this special day. In honour of Her Majesty, Cheapflights.ca, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, created a list of Top 10 Places Named Victoria  -- the most commemorated British monarch in history.

"For Victoria Day, we decided to create a list of places around the world named after the Queen. Our research brought us on a virtual tracking of the expansion of the British Empire during Queen Victoria's reign," said Oonagh Shiel, content editor at Cheapflights.ca. "We discovered hundreds of cities, lakes, parks, statues, waterfalls and more named after Her Majesty. For a woman who never travelled outside of Europe, Queen Victoria's influence around the world was immense."

Of the hundreds of destinations found, below are some of Cheapflights Canada's favourite places named Victoria:

United Kingdom - Roads, streets, docks, museums, gardens, train stations, hospitals, schools -- there is no shortage of places named after Victoria. Perhaps the most famous of all is the Victoria Memorial that stands in front of Buckingham Palace. Return flights from Calgary to London are available on Cheapflights.ca from C$536. Search and compare more cheap flights to London.

Victoria Island, Canada - The heritage buildings, tea rooms, horse-drawn carriages and flower gardens give this former colonial outpost its old-world charm. The grandest lady in town now is the Fairmont Empress, at the Inner Harbour, and taking Afternoon Tea there is one of Victoria's greatest traditions. Return flights from Edmonton to Victoria are available on Cheapflights.ca from C$292Search and compare more cheap flights to Victoria.

Regina, Saskatchewan - Pile of Bones was the early name for the area, but naming it Regina was a family affair. Princess Louise, wife of the Governor General, named it after her mother in 1882. Return flights from Calgary to Regina are available on Cheapflights.ca from C$299. Search and compare more cheap flights to Regina.

Victoria Park, Hong Kong - It's called Victoria Park after the bronze statue of Queen Victoria, which has been there since 1952. Today, this 19-hectare park, the largest in Hong Kong, has a mini zoo, picnic spots and a children's park and is a magnet for revellers during Lunar New Year. Return flights from Toronto to Hong Kong are available on Cheapflights.ca from C$919Search and compare more cheap flights to Hong Kong.

Lake Victoria, Kenya - John Hanning Speke was the first European to see the lake and called it after his queen. It's Africa's largest lake, bordering Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania -- an Eden for birdwatchers, fishermen and photographers. Return flights from Montreal to Kenya are available on Cheapflights.ca from C$1473.  Search and compare more cheap flights to Kenya.

Victoria, Virginia, US - Two English queens have influenced this region. One is Queen Elizabeth, monarch at the time of the first New World colonies, and the other is Victoria. This tiny railroad town was established in 1906 and named after the queen by Henry Rogers, the rail baron.  Return flights from Toronto to Virginia are available on Cheapflights.ca from US$427.   Search and compare more cheap flights to Virginia.

Other destinations to make Cheapflights.ca's list include: Victoria, Australia; Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe; Victoria, Gozo and Victoria, Seychelles. To read the complete list of Top 10 Places Named Victoria in full detail, please visit www.cheapflights.ca/travel-tips/top-ten-places-named-victoria

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