|Autumn dahlias in James Bay, Victoria, BC. Photo by Sue Frause.|
Yes, it's time again for Canadian Thanksgiving, that long weekend in October when our friends north of the border celebrate the harvest holiday before we do! I write something about it every year, and have even celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving in various locales: BC's Sunshine Coast, Vancouver and Vancouver's North Shore.
Thanksgiving is not as big a holiday in Canada as it is in the states. Whereas we celebrate four four days (big dinner on Thursday followed by three days of leftovers), the Canadians only make a three-day weekend of it. They simply call it Thanksgiving Long Weekend, and when you sit down to the big dinner is a personal choice. Most people I know have it on the weekend itself, not on the actual day, which this year is Monday the 8th of October. Sunday seems to be a popular choice.
Here are some of my past posts that have a tie-in to the autumnal holiday in both Canada and the US. And here's to my friends who live on the other side of the 49th Parallel. Happy Thanksgiving!
A pumpkin in Farmer Bob's garden. Photo by Sue Frause.
Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend Events in BC
North Vancouver: The Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier has a Thanksgiving Package that includes a three-course Thanksgiving dinner for two in the Lobby Restaurant and overnight accommodations. Rates from $209 / double occupancy, valid Oct. 6-8, 2012. Book online using promo code THANKS or call 604.986.7437.
Vancouver: The Wedgewood Hotel has a Thanksgiving Weekend package that includes one night's accommodation; European continental breakfast for two; Thanksgiving dinner for two on Sunday or Monday (both meals in Bacchus Restaurant); and complimentary valet parking. Rates start at $259 per night / double occupancy. Valid through Oct. 8, 2012.
Vancouver: The annual Turkey Trot is Monday, Oct. 8 starting on Granville Island. The family-friendly event is a 10K and suitable for racers, walkers, kids and families. Proceeds go to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank via cash and food donations.
Restaurants: Many restaurants offer special Thanksgiving dinners. Hastings House on Salt Spring Island has a three course holiday dinner on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 7 PM for $70. Edible Canada on Vancouver's Granville Island is showcasing an October Fall Feast menu during the month of October. The price is $30 and includes a four-course seasonal dinner. Parking is free on the island after 7 PM.
BC Ferries: They've added extra sailings for Thanksgiving Long Weekend.