In Saskatchewan it is important for a few reasons. My favorites being that it is the accepted date at which we can plant our gardens without fear of frost, and that it is the official start date of camping season.
With the rain (CONSTANT) we have been having the past few days, I haven't even been out to till the garden, and will the rain (AGAIN - CONSTANT) I don't even want to think about camping.
I love camping, but NOT when it is cold and wet!
One other thing that starts on the may long weekend is bear hunting season. My father in law got home Monday night and has shot two bears.
This morning he came over to borrow our camp stove. For some reason he plans on boiling the heads of the bears to get the skulls.