Like the United States, Canada gives thanks for its good fortune once a year and eats itself silly with turkey and mashed potatoes.
Whereas in the US, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, in Canada the second Monday of October is a statutory, or public, holiday. This year, Canadian Thanksgiving falls on Monday, Oct 11, 2010.
The Canadian Thanksgiving holiday is officially observed on the second Monday of October, however people generally get together for their Thanksgiving meal on any one of the three days of this three-day holiday weekend.
Although Canadians do tend to get together on Thanksgiving weekend, the holiday is not as big a deal in Canada as it is in the US, where Thanksgiving seems to be the year's biggest holiday occasion. Nevertheless, Thanksgiving weekend is a popular time for Canadians to gather with family, so more people than usual are traveling on that weekend.
Like other public holidays in Canada, banks, government offices, schools and many businesses are closed. Call ahead to find out about other tourist attractions and landmarks, some of which may remain open.
When is the Thanksgiving Holiday in Canada?
2008: Monday, Oct 13
2009: Monday, Oct 12
2010: Monday, Oct 11
2011: Monday, Oct 10
2012: Monday, Oct 8
2013: Monday, Oct 14
2014: Monday, Oct 13
2015: Monday, Oct 12