Three ways Canadian Thanksgiving differs from American Thanksgiving

Pumpkins at the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market | Facebook photo.

Pumpkins at the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market | Facebook photo.

If you’re American and you love a good holiday dinner, the second weekend in October is prime time to head up to Canada. That’s because Thanksgiving celebrations are in full swing here, so you can enjoy turkey and stuffing not once, but twice–six weeks before American Thanksgiving. Score!

So what’s the difference between American and Canadian Thanksgiving? When I taught English in Japan years ago, my students were surprised to hear that there was a difference at all–but indeed, there is.

I freely admit that most of what I know about the U.S. celebration comes from American television and movies. However, I’ve celebrated many a Thanksgiving in Vancouver and can tell you how we do it based on a very scientific survey of People I Know.

Here are three basic differences.

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Three ways Canadian Thanksgiving differs from American Thanksgiving

First Impressions, Part 3: Vancouver’s Transit System

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Hello again, Vancouver.

In case you missed the last installment of this series my name is Tom. I’m new in Town.

I just moved here from my hometown of Ottawa. It was a bit of leap of faith because I’d never been to BC before, but it’s all paid off. You see, I’ve already fallen in love with your city.

Vancouver has a lot going for it: solid sports teams, a beautiful harbour, delicious restaurants, and more. But as I clumsily learn my way through its neighbourhoods—all unfamiliar to me—I’m learning that there is so much more to this city than the obvious. As a Vancouver newbie, I’m finding that even the city’s ordinary is excellent. Even the mundane is thrilling. Yes, Vancouver, with my fresh set of eyes, I’m here to remind you to appreciate the little things—the lovely little things—because your city is full of them.

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First Impressions, Part 3: Vancouver’s Transit System

First Impressions, Part 2: Vancouver’s Trees

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Hello again, Vancouver.

In case you missed the first installment of this series, my name is Tom. I’m new in Town.

I just moved here from my hometown of Ottawa. It was a bit of leap of faith because I’d never been to BC before, but it’s all paid off. You see, I’ve already fallen in love with your city.

Vancouver has a lot going for it: Stanley Park, a thriving nightlife, the Pacific Ocean, and more. But as I clumsily learn my way through its neighbourhoods—all unfamiliar to me—I’m learning that there is so much more to this city than the obvious. As a Vancouver newbie, I’m finding that even the city’s ordinary is excellent. Even the mundane is thrilling. Yes, Vancouver, with my fresh set of eyes, I’m here to remind you to appreciate the little things—the lovely little things—because your city is full of them. Continue reading:
First Impressions, Part 2: Vancouver’s Trees

First Impressions, Part 1: Vancouver’s Pizza

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Hi Vancouver,

My name is Tom. I’m new in town.

I just moved here from my hometown of Ottawa. It was a bit of leap of faith because I’d never been to BC before, but it’s all paid off. You see, I’ve already fallen in love with your city.

Vancouver has a lot going for it: the ocean, a bustling downtown, a solid hockey team, and more. But as I clumsily learn my way through its neighbourhoods—all unfamiliar to me—I’m learning that there is so much more to this city than the obvious. As a Vancouver newbie, I’m finding that even the city’s ordinary is excellent. Even the mundane is thrilling. Yes, Vancouver, with my fresh set of eyes, I’m here to remind you to appreciate the little things—the lovely little things—because your city is full of them.

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First Impressions, Part 1: Vancouver’s Pizza

Showing Up for Street and Graffiti Art in Vancouver

Urban Stormtrooper by Wrk(less). Photo by Ehren Seeland

Urban Stormtrooper installation by Wrk(less). Photo by Ehren Seeland

Weaving through the busy sidewalks of Granville Street, head bowed over a screen as I heed the Pavlovian ding of my incoming text messages, I retrieve a description of who to look for at the designated meeting spot on Hastings Street. “I’m out front with a bucket and pole. Hard to miss.”

It’s the tail end of summer and I’m fresh off an inspiring trip to the street and graffiti art mecca of Bushwick, Brooklyn. Now back in Vancouver, my resolve is focused on sourcing the best examples of urban art in the city.

Initially encouraged by the recent addition of the behemoth OSGEMEOS mural on Granville lsland by Brazilian artists Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo, my quest turns a bit challenging as I glance down manicured streets lined with glass towers, with no trace of my target visuals in sight. That said, there is street and graffiti art in Vancouver – you just have to know where to look for it.

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Showing Up for Street and Graffiti Art in Vancouver