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Thanksgiving in Canada

Thanksgiving in Canada
Issue Time:2018-10-08
When is Canadian Thanksgiving
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.

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.