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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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

Top 5 Thanksgiving Dinner Spots in Vancouver

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Wondering where to get turkey and all the fixings in Vancouver this Thanksgiving?  These five restaurants promise diners Thanksgiving bliss without having to spend all day in the kitchen.

  • West: Traditional holiday flavours meet contemporary West Coast cuisine at this Vancouver fine dining institution.  The Turkey Tasting Menu is a five-course feast that can be accompanied by wine pairings.  Start with a Lytton pear salad with Farmhouse Castle blue cheese.  Then move onto the spiced turkey consomme, followed by braised turkey leg cannelloni with black truffles.  The main course is butter poached turkey breast with Yukon Gold potato puree.  And top it all off with pumpkin flan, caramelized pears and orange chiffon.  Oct. 5-Oct. 8; $68.
  • Bacchus: The swanky dining room at downtown’s Wedgewood Hotel is famous for its lavish Thanksgiving spread.  The three-course Thanksgiving Dinner Menu offers up the best of the local harvest.  Start with roasted corn and lobster veloute or organic arugula and baby spinach salad with poached pear and crumbled blue cheese.  The main course is roast free-run turkey with cranberry compote, apple and chestnut stuffing and chive-whipped potatoes.  For dessert, save room for the spiced pumpkin tart with cinnamon ice cream.  Oct. 7-Oct. 8; $55.  Continue reading:
    Top 5 Thanksgiving Dinner Spots in Vancouver

Thanksgiving Meal Deals – Dining Out For Thanksgiving in Vancouver

Irish Heather's Long Table Series does Thanksgiving. Photo: Irish Heather.

More than any other holiday, Thanksgiving is the one most closely associated with a home-cooked meal. But there are lots of wonderful reasons to enjoy a traditional Canadian Thanksgiving out, too—you can dine with a group of friends, treat the family (without anyone needing to slave over a hot stove all day), or, if you’re in Vancouver over the holiday and away from your family and friends, you can meet new people at a Thanksgiving communal dining event.

Thanksgiving is this Monday, October 10, and many Vancouver restaurants are offering deals on traditional Canadian Thanksgiving dinners. So why not do something different this year and treat yourself to a Thanksgiving dinner out?

Vancouver Thanksgiving Meal Deals for October 10, 2011

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Halloween and Harvest Fun at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Photo: Capilano Suspension Bridge

For most people, Capilano Suspension Bridge is scary enough already.  The 137-meter-long bridge swings a lofty 70 meters above the Capilano River.  As you cross it, the bridge starts to sway violently from side to side.   Only a pair of steel cables and chain-link fencing keep you from plunging right over the side.   Even though it’s safe as can be – and strong enough to support the weight of a fully-loaded jet airliner – the bridge feels downright rickety.

Now, imagine a dose of Halloween horror on top of all this.   For Halloween weekend, Oct. 30 and 31, Capilano will be showing off its spooky side.  A massive display of carved and lit Jack-o-lanterns will be set up throughout the park.  And fortune tellers will be brought in to predict your future (like whether you’ll make it to the other side of the bridge or not).

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Halloween and Harvest Fun at Capilano Suspension Bridge