Celebrate Thanksgiving, Canadian Style

If you are cruising in Canada during the month of October, Thanksgiving comes early.

The annual Canadian holiday – held on the second Monday in October (which also happens to be Columbus Day in the United States) is somewhat similar to that of the one celebrated in the United States. Canadians enjoy a three-day weekend with a feast that includes turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce and an afternoon of football consists of the Canadian Football League’s Thanksgiving Day Classic. And like the Macy’s Day Parade, Canada’s Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest parade is broadcast nationwide. Perhaps the primary distinction is citizens of the Great White North do not experience the shopping mayhem known as Black Friday.

October is also a great time to experience once-in-a-lifetime events centered around Canada 150, a year-long celebration of the country’s 150th birthday. Toast the country’s sesquicentennial with the famed Second City Touring Company in Toronto as a variety of comedic talents perform sketches. Quebec City will feature free access to historic sites such as the Naval Museum of Quebec that highlights the history of World War II (and a display of the HMS Jeffy Jan II aka Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s Yacht).  Mìwàte (meaning “dazzled by light or fire”) is a dynamic light display show that illuminates the Chaudière Falls in Ottawa and will not disappoint.

While in Canada, you can also enjoy one of the many perfect day excursions offered by Regent Seven Seas Cruises.  Celebrate Halloween with a Ghost Tour of Quebec where a costumed guide will share the unexplained mysteries and murders of the past 400 years in Quebec City. Or if wine is more to your liking, Beaupre Coast, St. Anne Canyon and Winery provides breathtaking views of the countryside while sampling and learning about the making of local wines.

If you are cruising in the Northwest, the Discover Vancouver tour is an excellent way to maximize the sights, exploring the downtown, Chinatown and Stanley Park areas of the city. Or explore the gastric side of Canada’s second largest city with A Taste of Montreal and experience maple flavored delicacies, exotic cheeses from authentic farmer’s markets an handmade chocolates.

Tour Halifax on a British double-decker bus with the Historic City Tour. Coined the Warden of the North, the three-hour historical tour includes the popular Halifax Citadel, a fortress that stands guard over the city, Province House, St. Paul’s Anglican Church and The Old Town Clock. Famous Peggy’s Coastal Tour offers a view of Peggy’s Cove, a rustic fishing village with only 40 inhabitants. Here you can walk the picturesque seaside villages, visit the historic lighthouse and the DeGarthe Monument and sample their famous homemade gingerbread.

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