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Thanksgiving in Canada 2018

National and public holidays in Canada Regional Holiday in Canada

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When is Canadian Thanksgiving?

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Dates of Thanksgiving
Year Weekday Date
2019 Monday October 14th
2018 Monday October 8th
2017 Monday October 9th
2016 Monday October 10th
2015 Monday October 12th
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Celebrated on the Second Monday in October and statutory, except in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
Regions
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Yukon

Celebrated on the Second Monday in October and statutory, except in New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

In Nova Scotia, Thanksgiving is a Designated Retail Closing Day. This means under the Retail Business Designated Day Closing Act, some retail businesses are prohibited from opening, but it is not a paid holiday.

History of Canadian Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving, Canadians give thanks for a successful year and harvest.

The Thanksgiving holiday tradition in Canada dates back to when the English explorer, Martin Frobisher, came upon the land we now know as Canada while searching for a Northern passage to the Orient.

When Frobisher settled in Canada, he held a formal ceremony where he gave thanks for surviving the long journey.

Thanksgiving became a nationally recognised holiday in Canada in 1879.

Today, it is celebrated by gathering with loved ones and preparing the Thanksgiving Day meal, which usually includes turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and many other dishes.

In the regions where Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated, most government offices will be closed and so will many local amenities. Public transport is likely to run on a holiday or Sunday schedule. Banks will be closed along with the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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