Thanksgiving weekend events

Highbush Cranberries for Thanksgiving in Northern Canada  (Photo: /Bruce McKay/CC BY NC-ND 2.0, Flickr)

Highbush Cranberries for Thanksgiving in Northern Canada
(Photo: Bruce McKay/CC BY NC-ND 2.0, Flickr)

This weekend is Thanksgiving in Canada. It is quite different from the US Thanksgiving.

Two differences are:

  • The date: In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October. In the US, Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday in November.
  • The origin: Canadian Thanksgiving is more about giving thanks for the harvest season. In the US, thanks is given for the arrival of pilgrims and the settlement of the US.

A popular dish to eat on Thanksgiving is cranberry sauce. So, in BC, we also celebrate the cranberry season!

Did you know Richmond grows most of Canada’s cranberries? And 90% of BC’s cranberries are sent to the US.

Listen to the audio for this December, 2013 WCR story, “A great crop of cranberries.”

There are many ways to celebrate the holiday. Share a meal. Go to a pumpkin patch. Visit a cranberry festival. Take a short trip.

Here are some things you can do this holiday weekend!

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Cranberry Festivals and Pumpkin Patches:
The Pumpkin Patch at Richmond Country Farms.
Details: There will be performers, a sing-a-long hay ride, an animal farm, and a visit to the Pumpkin Patch. A child-size pumpkin and plastic bag is included with admission. Admission is $12 on weekends and $8 on weekdays.
Dates and times: Daily from October 4 to October 31. Open weekends from 10:00 am-4:30 pm and weekdays 9:00 am-1:30 pm.
Location: Richmond Country Farms

Langley/Fort Langley:
The Pumpkin Festival at Aldor Acres Pumpkin Patch.
Details: There will be animal displays in the barns, a Petting Zoo area, a tractor-pulled hayride out to the pumpkin patch, The Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off on October 11, and more!
Dates and times: Daily from September 28, 2014 to October 31, 2014
Location: 24990 84th Ave

Fort Langley Cranberry Festival in the Village of Fort Langley.
Details: This free, popular event features sales of all kinds of tasty cranberry items (from popcorn to jam to candles), activities for families and kids, contests, live music and entertainment, and even a canoe regatta! The event also features an annual pancake breakfast.
Dates and times: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Location: Glover Rd

Pitt Meadows:
Watch some shows at Cranberry Day @ Meadows Maze .
Details: There will be cranberry product tastings, a hay wagon tour of the Cranberry bog, a pancake breakfast and a cranberry bog exhibit to try, so make sure you bring your gumboots! Enjoy cranberry baking, fun stuff for kids, and much more.
Dates and times: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Location: 13672 Reichenbach Rd, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia

Other Thanksgiving events
Prince George:
Celebrate an Old Fashioned Thanksgiving on Monday at Huble Homestead.
Details: There will be food, music, crafts, pumpkin carving, scarecrow making, blacksmithing, pioneer demonstrations, a special lunch menu, and more!
Dates and times: Monday, October 13
Location: 40km North Off Hwy 97 On Mitchell Rd, Prince George

Boston Bar:
Do something different and fun at the Pumpkin Drop on Thanksgiving Day.
Details: Everyone who brings a carved pumpkin rides the tram for FREE! Plus, you get a chance to throw the pumpkin out of the tram, down 500 feet (150+ metres) to the target below and win cool prizes.
Dates and times: Monday, October 13, 2014
Location: 43111 Trans Canada Hwy, Boston Bar, British Columbia