Today is a Canadian Holiday, Victoria Day, and it is Canadian Appreciation Day in the Port Huron area. The St. Clair County Economic Development Alliance, along with several business leaders, began planning the event several months ago. The alliance picked Victoria Day, a federal Canadian holiday celebrated on the last Monday before May 25 honoring Queen Victoria’s birthday, in part because Canadians have an extended weekend to shop and stay in the area. The alliance stated on their Facebook page, “Canadian neighbors have a significant impact on our local economy. In addition to shopping, lodging and dining, there are also several Canadian based companies providing quality jobs to the region. Canadian visitors contribute $60 million annually to our local economy helping our existing retailers and restaurants to thrive and boosting our ability to attract new business to the region.” Canadians are invited to stop in at a number of restaurants, local shopping in both Port Huron and Fort Gratiot and receive special discounts today on services and merchandise. The Blue Water Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, located at 405 Water St.in Downtown Port Huron, is offering a chance to register to win a $100 Visa Gift Card, by stopping in 10am and 3pm, present your valid Canadian ID. Drawing will be at 4pm this afternoon.