I'm always surprised when people aren't aware that Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving. No, they don't do the whole Pilgrim routine like we used to in the states -- their history is a bit different than ours. Thanksgiving Day in Canada (Jour de l'Action de grâce) has only been around since 1957. That's when the Canadian Parliament proclaimed:
"A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed – to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October."Since 1971, the holiday has coincided with our observance of Columbus Day. I've been north of the 49th Parallel twice for Canadian Thanksgiving. Once in Vancouver, and last year across Burrard Inlet on the North Shore. I'll be home for their holiday this weekend, thinking of my Canadian friends and counting the days (45) 'til our Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 23.
When Googling Canadian Thanksgiving, I discovered this funny video titled Crappy Canadian Thanksgiving, starring Canadian actress Ellen Page and Justin Long. Bon Appetit!
The 10K Granville Island Turkey Trot for runners/walkers is Monday, Oct. 10 in Vancouver. Photo by Sue Frause.