You’ve probably heard of Thanksgiving - it’s a pretty popular holiday that’s observed in the United States. But did you know that Canada has its own take on the holiday? Much like in the U.S., Canada also observes a time of the year when they give thanks for all the blessings and good fortune that they’ve received in the year. They also do this with turkey - the classic thanksgiving symbol - and some mashed potatoes. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.Overview

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However, Thanksgiving in Canada is not as grand as the folks in the U.S. want them to be. But that doesn’t mean that Canadians don’t give the holiday as much value. In fact, it remains to be a time when the whole family comes together under one roof for the weekend.

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2.When Does Canada’s Thanksgiving Happen

When Does Canada’s Thanksgiving Happen
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While Canada is geographically connected with the US, the two do not celebrate Thanksgiving on the same day. For Canada, the holiday is, as set by law, every second Monday of October compared to the American counterpart which is celebrated every fourth Thursday of November.

But that doesn’t mean that all families celebrate the holiday on the same day. Most families gather together on this long weekend and have their Thanksgiving on any of the three days.

For 2018, the Canadian Thanksgiving is going to be on October 8. It will then be officially on October 14 and 12 for the years 2019 and 2020, respectively. In comparison, the American Thanksgiving will be on November 23 this 2018, while it will be on November 22 and 26 for 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Being a public holiday, Canada’s businesses are likely to close down. This includes government offices, banks, and schools.

The unique dates for the Canadian Thanksgiving imply two things:

  • Because it’s held in October, people can have Christmas decorations for two months long, which is a lot longer than people would in America. Thus, families who are a bit too excited about putting up those Christmas lights actually get an excuse to have them up much earlier than their American neighbors.
  • Because the date is set on a Monday, people don’t really have time to recover from what most people refer to as a “food coma”, since there would be work on the following day. Canadians respond to this situation in two ways, namely: (1) some families decide to celebrate a day earlier in the three-day holiday, or (2) many establishments give their employees a day off (though this is really dependent on company policy).
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    3.Celebrating Thanksgiving in Quebec

    Celebrating Thanksgiving in Quebec
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    Thanksgiving in Quebec is known as action de grace by the locals and is a relatively modest celebration compared to all the other parts of the country. This is thanks to the holiday’s Protestant background.

    Many of the French Canadians, however, celebrate thanksgiving similarly to Catholics. And although it is still observed by much of Quebec’s English-speaking inhabitants, most businesses continue to operate during that day.

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    4.History of Canadian Thanksgiving

    History of Canadian Thanksgiving
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    It was 1879 when the Canadian government first recognized Thanksgiving as an official holiday. However, it wasn’t until the year 1957 that the holiday was fixed on the second Monday of October each year. This act was done at the behest of the Protestant leaders who took after the American Thanksgiving which was already being observed since the year 1777. The holiday was intended to be a national day of prayer and thanksgiving. Similarly, the Thanksgiving in Canada was meant for people to reflect upon God’s mercies.

    And although Thanksgiving was celebrated quite similarly with the American counterpart, some believe that the first ever Thanksgiving celebration actually took place in Canada way back in 1578. It was when Martin Frobisher, an English explorer, reached the Canadian Arctic through the Pacific Ocean as he searched for the Northwest Passage. Some, however, refute the notion that this event was the first Thanksgiving because the thanks that was being given on that day was for Frobisher’s being alive after his dangerous journey, and not for a successful harvest, which is what Thanksgiving is traditionally about.

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    5.What about Black Friday

    What about Black Friday
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    In the United States, people have Black Friday, a huge shopping day held after Thanksgiving. Canada didn’t have this when they started celebrating the holiday, but they eventually made changes in 2008 as stores in the country started giving huge discounts for Christmas shoppers a day after America celebrated Thanksgiving. Black Friday eventually became a thing in Canada in response to the trend of Canadians migrating south to do a lot of shopping in the US just to net some discounts.

    While it’s still not as big an event as it is in the U.S. Canadian shopping malls have begun attracting more people during Black Friday such that local police and traffic enforcers had to prepare for the upcoming season. The day when deals are highest in Canada is called Boxing Day, which is dated December 26. It’s now considered to be the Canadian counterpart of the Black Friday in America.

    And although Canadians have picked up on the Black Friday trend, many continue to see Thanksgiving as a day to enjoy long walks along the countryside. This isn’t really something Americans can do since it gets too cold outside when Thanksgiving comes.

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    6.What about Food

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    Canada and America differ very little in terms of the food that they choose to eat on Thanksgiving. They have the classic turkey, but some Canadians want their ham, chicken and other meat types. Meanwhile, the turkey itself usually comes with servings of gravy, veggies, corn, and mashed potatoes.

    Traditionally, Canadian Thanksgiving is meant to be a time when people are thankful for the bountiful harvests of the year. However, modern families see it as a time to be thankful for all kinds of things. This is also a time when distant relatives come home to reconnect and spend time with one another. The fact that families come together under one roof to celebrate all their blessings, of course, remains to be the most important thing about Thanksgiving.

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    Set on a beautiful property overlooking the Sheep River in Okotoks, Canada, the Riverview Bed and Breakfast is a warm and welcoming inn that offers a home-away-from-home retreat. Located 15 minutes south of Calgary, the charming guest house features comfortable accommodations with private bathrooms and modern amenities, and a range of facilities such as a fully equipped fitness room, a large screen movie theater, and a games room. Surrounded by beautiful rolling landscapes, guests can also enjoy an array of outdoor activities, such as hiking, fishing in the Sheep River and wildlife watching.

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    Dining

    A complimentary continental breakfast is served every morning and includes cereals, granola, yogurt, fresh fruit, juices, freshly brewed artisan coffee and organic teas.

    Amenities and Recreation

    The Riverview Bed and Breakfast offers a range of amenities and activities for guests to enjoy during their stay, including a complimentary continental breakfast, which is served every morning, a fully equipped fitness room in which to exercise and an indoor swimming and relaxing area. A large screen movie theater features a high definition projector, plush couches and surround-sound for movie nights, and a games room boasts a bar area and a piano, a pool table, dart board, foosball and air hockey. The games room can be opened up onto the back yard for an outdoor entertainment area during the summer.

    354032 80 St, Okotoks, AB T1S 1A9, Canada, Phone: 403-938-5862

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    More Ideas: A Seafaring Maiden Bed and Breakfast

    Overlooking the historic town of Annapolis Royal from the quaint village of Granville Ferry, A Seafaring Maiden Bed and Breakfast is an ornate guest house with beautiful views across the Bay of Fundy. Built in 1881 for sea merchant, Captain Joseph Hall, the heritage property was named after one of his daughters who bravely sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in 1870 and has been lovingly preserved in its original state.

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    Named after Captain Joseph Hall's second wife, Abigail Litch, The Abigail is a quiet room with intricate lace window treatments, an inviting queen-size oak bed with handmade quilted bed covers and plush pillows, an early 1900's armoire, and elegant dresser and nightstand. This room has an en-suite bathroom with soaking tub, walk-in shower, luxurious oversized bath towels and signature bathrobes, and organic bath amenities.

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    Dining

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    Amenities and Recreation

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    5287 Granville Road - Granville Ferry - Nova Scotia – Canada, Phone: 888-532-0379

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    More Ideas: Anchors Inn

    Overlooking Ucluelet Harbor on the shores of the Kennedy Lake, Anchors Inn is a lovely lakeside retreat that offers rustic, secluded cabins with kitchenettes, private bathrooms, and tree-shaded sun decks with beautiful harbor views. Ideally situated for exploring the beauty of the area, which includes the rushing waters of Kennedy River, the Wild Pacific Trail, and the white sands of Long Beach. The Inn enjoys direct access to a pretty pebble beach, and storage and launching facilities for canoes and kayaks for use on the lake and is a short walk to the Main Street of Ucluelet where there are shops, restaurants, art galleries and quaint cafés.

    Guest Accommodations

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    The One-Bedroom Waterfront Suite is a self-contained suite with a full bedroom, an en-suite bathroom with a soaking bathtub, walk-in shower, fresh towels and organic bath products, and a spacious living area with comfortable sofas and armchairs. A fully equipped kitchenette has cooking facilities, including a stove top, fridge, and sink, microwave, coffee maker, pots and pans, dishes, and cutlery and a large private deck have a four-person hot tub, barbecue grill and a bistro set of tables and chairs.

    Dining

    A complimentary breakfast is served every morning in the sunny dining room or out on the deck overlooking the harbor and includes cereals, granola, yogurt, fresh fruit, juices, hot entrées and egg dishes, freshly brewed artisan coffee and organic teas.

    Amenities and Recreation

    Anchors Inn serves guests a gourmet breakfast every morning in the sunny dining room or out on the large deck overlooking the harbor. The town of Ucluelet offers an array of activities and attractions, ranging from hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking to fishing, whale-watching, and scuba diving. The world-renowned Wild Pacific Trail is a short walk from Anchors Inn and attracts hikers from all around to savor the spectacular natural beauty of the trail, the Long Beach Golf Course offers nine challenging holes of golf with beautiful surroundings, and the Pacific Rim National Park is a short drive away.

    131 Garden Street, Ucluelet, BC, V0R 3A0 Canada, Phone: 250-726-8255

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