"Thanksgiving" Canada Local Custom Tip by Carmanah

Canada Local Customs: 138 reviews and 102 photos

Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving during the beginning of October. It's a holiday to celebrate the harvest and autumn season, as well as giving thanks to what we cherish in our lives: peace, family , friends, and good times.

(In contrast, American Thanksgiving is held in November and celebrates the historic voyage of the Mayflower, and the arrival of the first pilgrims to what would become the USA)

Thanksgiving is held on a Sunday. Traditionally, turkey dinners are served for the main meal, usually accompanied by mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and gravy. My family also includes corn, brussel sprouts, roast squash, carrots, green peas, and turnip with our Thanksgiving dinners. There really are no rules for the vegetable served, although most Canadians have a variation of what I decribed above. Almost always, pumpkin pie (with whipped cream) is the traditional Thanksgiving dessert, although sometimes there will be a second choice of home made apple pie with vanilla ice cream.

For more information, including pictures, on Thanksgiving in Canada, check out my Surrey, British Columbia page travelogue.

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  • Updated Feb 23, 2003
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