Guide to Canadian Thanksgiving in Quebec

Canadian Thanksgiving spread on a wooden table, including turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing, and gravy.

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Every year, Canadian Thanksgiving falls on the second Monday of October, which is 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. In addition, 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 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." 

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What's Open and Closed?

Interior view of the center of the downtown Place Montreal Trust shopping center.

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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. More stores remain open than during other holidays in the province of Quebec and the city of Montreal. Consult this list to find out what's open and closed during Thanksgiving.

02 of 06

What to Do

Lighted buildings and structures at the Garden of Light at the Botanical Garden in Montréal illuminates the night.

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Are you looking for things to do in Montreal during Thanksgiving weekend? If you like browsing the month's full list, check out some of  Montreal's best festivals and events during the month of October. The area also has several free events you can enjoy during October.

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Where to Stay

Room with bed and view at the William Gray Hotel in Montreal

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If you're traveling to the area from out of town and need a place to stay, the Old Port is stunning in the fall. Consider staying at some of the top-rated accommodations in Old Montreal for a picturesque sojourn.

Maybe you have deep pockets, so you will surely appreciate the city's top 5-star hotels. Perhaps you have a tighter budget but have an eye for style, you will love Montreal's hottest boutique hotels

For a choice location sandwiched between Chinatown and Old Montreal, stay at these hotels near Palais des Congrès, which is a nice spot if you're an avid walker who wants to explore different city center neighborhoods or if you want direct access to the underground city.

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Halloween Prep

Zombies participating in the Montreal Zombie Walk

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With Halloween only weeks away, you might want to start thinking of what kind of costume you and yours want to wear. Stop in at a few Montreal costume shops to find some ideas. If you have children, check out any of these Montreal-based ​​Halloween events for kids.​ Or if you want to enjoy something a little more adult, register for the Montreal Zombie Walk.

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05 of 06

Apple Picking

Two people walking among the trees in a Montreal apple orchard.

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For something a little different, consider going apple picking at orchards near Montreal. The city center is surrounded by orchards in every direction. Bring your friends and family to any of these local places to pick your own apples.

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Pick a Peck of Pumpkins

Scarecrow overseeing pumpkins in a Montreal pumpkin patch.

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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 in Montreal.

*How to pronounce action de grâce? It sounds a little bit like "axsyoan de grahss" with a subtle, almost silent N.

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