Every year, Canadian Thanksgiving falls on the second Monday of October –in 2018, Canadian Thanksgiving is on October 8, 2018– weeks ahead of American Thanksgiving and with significantly less fanfare.
Yes, Canada enjoys its turkey dinner and family reunions, but the holiday itself is comparably lower-key than what's observed south of the border and Canadians most definitely do not observe anything like the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping sprees its southern neighbors flock to, though select Canadian retailers and manufacturers have, in recent years, mirrored American Black Friday sales with discounts of their own, albeit more so in concert with American Thanksgiving dates.
And in Quebec, it's not called Thanksgiving at all. Rather, the second Monday of October in Quebec is action de grâce*. Translated literally, it means "action of grace."
01 of 08
So Canadian Thanksgiving is not like American Thanksgiving. And Quebec's action de grâce is even less so.
I was born and raised in Quebec and mark my words when I say I only had my first traditional turkey dinner when I was 19. And it wasn't during Canadian Thanksgiving, nor action de grâce for that matter.
02 of 08
Many businesses shut down for Thanksgiving, but not everything grinds to a halt. In fact, there are quite a few things to do on Canadian Thanksgiving Monday and more stores remain open than during other holidays in the province of Quebec and city of Montreal. Details here.
03 of 08
Things to do in Montreal Thanksgiving weekend? If you like browsing the month's full monty, just go straight to my piece on Montreal's best and brightest October festivals and events. But if you want a quick and easy way to kick start a glorious long weekend, behold your beeline.
04 of 08
Where to Stay in Montreal Thanksgiving Weekend
The Old Port is stunning in the fall. Consider staying at Old Montreal's top-rated accommodations for a picturesque sojourn.
For a choice location sandwiched between Chinatown and Old Montreal, stay at these hotels near Palais des Congrès, a nice spot for avid walkers who want to explore different city centre neighborhoods or for those who direct access to the underground city.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
With Halloween only weeks away, you might want to start thinking of what kind of costume you and yours want to wear. So I put together a list of Montreal costume shops to get you started. I also included a fairly exhaustive rundown of Montreal-based Halloween events for kids as well as a list of events for, well, bigger kids.
06 of 08
Apple picking orchards near Montreal? Take your pick, no pun. City centre is surrounded by orchards in every direction.
Included in this guide are a comprehensive list of said orchards as well as an apple picking solution for those of you who do not have a car.
07 of 08
When was the last time you headed out with the family to pick the ultimate pumpkin? Spend a day in the country while you're there.
08 of 08
*How to pronounce action de grâce? It sounds a little bit like "axsyoan de grahss" with a subtle, almost silent N.