Why Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend is Different Than The U.S.
Have you ever wondered why the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday isn’t synced with our southern neighbors’? Well, its thanks to an earlier harvest that we Canadians stuff and truss the big bird a month sooner than our US counterparts. Though Canadian Thanksgiving only became a public holiday in 1957, its origins and traditions are much older. In addition to celebrating the harvest like traditional European and First Nations festivals did, we also celebrate English explorer, Martin Frobisher’s 1578 voyage to Canada in search of the Northwest Passage. After a journey fraught with severe weather, he and his men were reunited in Frobisher Bay (current day Nunavut) and held the first ceremonial Thanksgiving thanking God for their survival.
Give Thanks Vancouver
Like Frobisher and friends, this weekend will see us bring our family and friends together in gratitude. And, collectively, as Vancouverites, we have so much to be thankful for, including:
- Granville Island Public Market – we’ve toured many of the great markets of the world, and this one is right up there. The variety, the vibe, the volume of goods is exceptional. Stock up on all your Thanksgiving food needs right here!
- Stanley Park – One of the world’s best urban parks, where woodlands, ponds, old growth forest meet up with the Pacific Ocean to provide the perfect respite from the concrete jungle next door.
- Turkey to go – no giblets to deal with, no lumpy gravy, no fuss at all, order your turkey dinner (including the fixings and dessert) from any number of places like Railtown Catering, Sutton Place Hotel, or Whole Foods, and pick up, heat and serve! For approximately $350 you can feed a party of 10 and avoid any and all kitchen disasters!
- Jericho Beach – Work up an appetite or burn off the turkey dinner walking the Jericho Beach coastline soaking in the beautiful views of the Howe Sound and the city.
- Pumpkin spice season officially underway – Sample these delicious creations flavored with the season’s favorite gourd – Pumpkin Ale at Steamworks Bre Pub, pumpkin ice cream at Rain or Shine, pumpkin caramels at Beta5 Chocolates or a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Traffiq Cafe & Bakery!
Happy Thanksgiving Canada!