Where to Gobble Up Thanksgiving Turkey in Vancouver

Railtown’s Sage Roasted Organic Turkey; Photo Credit; Jelger and Tanja Photographers

It’s that time of year again when you have license to gorge on turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and plenty of gravy. However, cooking the whole spread on your own can be considerable work. Or, if you’re visiting from out of town, you might not know anyone whose Thanksgiving dinner you can crash.

Fortunately, many places in town will do the slaving in the kitchen for you. Here are five that promise to be delicious:

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Where to Gobble Up Thanksgiving Turkey in Vancouver

5 Vancouver Restaurants Serving Canadian Thanksgiving Dinner

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Turkey Dinner | Courtesy of Market by Jean-Georges

Whether you’re a visitor to Vancouver or just want to skip out on the prep (not to mention dishes) of cooking this year, here are 5 downtown restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner in style. Click on the restaurant name to reserve your table now. Continue reading:
5 Vancouver Restaurants Serving Canadian Thanksgiving Dinner

Pumpkin craft beer rolls out for Thanksgiving and Halloween in Vancouver

Photo credit: Carolyn Ali

Photo credit: Carolyn Ali

It’s not just the leaves on the trees: the beer labels at Vancouver liquor stores are turning orange, too.

A new crop of pumpkin beers is appearing both in stores and on tap at local craft breweries and restaurants.

Some are old favourites, and others are new, seasonal concoctions. Here’s a taste of what’s brewing.

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Pumpkin craft beer rolls out for Thanksgiving and Halloween in Vancouver

Where to get American Thanksgiving dinner in Vancouver

Fraser Valley turkey breast with all the trimmings at Yew seafood + bar.

Fraser Valley turkey breast with all the trimmings at Yew seafood + bar.

Right about now, Americans are gearing up for the big bird of all dinners. In Vancouver, we’re way ahead of you–Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October. (Here’s more on how our celebrations differ.)

Fear not: there’s still plenty of fresh turkey to go around. While November 27 is not a holiday in Vancouver, several restaurants are welcoming their American cousins to dinner and putting on a south-of-the-border-style celebration. Here’s where to find turkey with all the trimmings.

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Where to get American Thanksgiving dinner in Vancouver

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This WeekendMusic, walking tours, lots of food, and dozens of theatre options will keep you busy in Vancouver this holiday long weekend, Friday through Monday! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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

Burn those Thanksgiving Calories at the Turkey Trot 10K in Vancouver, October 8

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Looking for a way to work off some Thanksgiving calories?  Put down that drumstick and head to Granville Island on Monday, Oct. 8, for the annual Turkey Trot 10K.

Now in its 14th year, the Turkey Trot is defined as a “run/walk/stroll.”  In other words, if you don’t feel like sprinting after a weekend of stuffing your face with pumpkin pie and mashed potatoes, then you don’t have to.  The unique race is equal parts competition and family get-together.  There’s even a special Tot Trot, where moms and dads can push junior in a stroller.

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Burn those Thanksgiving Calories at the Turkey Trot 10K in Vancouver, October 8