25 Canadian Thanksgiving Facts You Probably Never Knew

Posted by , Updated on October 1, 2018


Much like the United States, Canada has its own Thanksgiving celebration. It’s a time for family and friends to come together around a table full of food and be thankful. Too often, our lives can be consumed with woes and worries rather than taking a second to meditate on the blessings. Historically, Canadian Thanksgiving has its roots in a bountiful harvest, but today it’s more about spending time with those you love. Of course, while both countries have their version of the holiday and they share many similarities, they’re also quite different. Ready to find out what those are? Here are 25 Canadian Thanksgiving Facts You Probably Never Knew.


Canadian Thanksgiving is held on the second Monday in October, making it coincide with Columbus Day.

canadaSource: https://globalnews.ca/news/164295/canadian-thanksgiving-facts-and-trivia/

Not all Canadians get the day off for the holiday. For instance, Atlantic Canada considers it an optional holiday.

atlantic canadaSource: https://www.bustle.com/articles/124804-8-ways-canadian-thanksgiving-is-different-from-american-thanksgiving

In Quebec, they call the holiday "Action de Grâce" and don't really put it too high on the priority list. Meaning, they don't really celebrate it much.

pumpkinsSource: https://www.bustle.com/articles/124804-8-ways-canadian-thanksgiving-is-different-from-american-thanksgiving

Cranberries are a big part of any Thanksgiving meal, be it American or Canadian, and we have the Algonquin natives to thank for it. They were the first to harvest wild cranberries and use them for food and medicine.

berriesSource: http://qa.healthyeating.org/Healthy-Eating/All-Star-Foods/Fruits/Article-Viewer/Article/205/health-benefits-of-cranberries

Naturally, cranberry's popularity leads to high production rates for cranberry farmers. In 2017 alone, Canada produced 125,000 metric tons.

cranberrySource: https://www.statista.com/statistics/448240/volume-of-fresh-cranberries-produced-in-canada/

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