Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend. What Did You Do?

Posted by in Louise Behiel | 29 comments


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Canadians celebrate thanksgiving  on the second Monday of October. We get together with our families and friends, eat too much, drink too much and enjoy.Unlike our American neighbors, our holiday is not about the Pilgrims landing in the new world. Rather, it is a celebration of the fall harvest. It is a statuatory holiday for most companies and in most provinces, except for the Maritimes.

The actual date has moved around a lot, but for the last 50+ years the date has been settled.

 Canadians seem to have moved the actual celebration to any of the days that suits them. In my extended family, we used to plan our celebration to allow for most of us to get together, given the plans of the many in-laws. But in the last few years, we haven’t even done this – we all have busy lives and busy families, so we spend the time with them.

 It’s been a busy weekend at my house. The weather in Calgary has been extraordinarily warm (for October). We had a light skiff of snow this week but it melted as soon as it landed. This is a miracle for my part of the globe and I am truly grateful.

 I also have some vacay days left, so I took a few extra days around this long weekend, planning to write and work on my book and do other boring stuff.  Imagine my delight when my daughterin-law called to say they’d love to come for the long weekend. I was thrilled, to say the least. So it’s been a busy few days. My daughter and her family live only a few minutes away, so they’ve also spent most of the weekend here. It’s been like old times, with a horde (or is it herd) of people, children and pooches around.

We went swimming today at the Westside Recreational Center. It’s an awesome rec center and I thoroughly enjoyed the wave pool, the hot tub, the steam room and the ‘river’. I did not go on the water slide.  Ahem.  No way. Not me. Although I have to admit I was a little embarrassed when my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter went down by herself. Sighhh

Tonight, we’ve had a lovely dinner of barbecued chicken and now we’re all sitting around, kids on tablets, i-pods, or watching a move, the two guys playing battle pirates on their laptops, my daughter is studying on hers and I’m writing a blog post. My how things have changed.

Yesterday we went to the zoo. Calgary’s zoo is incredible. It is large and focused on conservation. And it has a huge dinosaur park.

I decided to follow in the example of so many and post some of the pictures of the animals we saw. I’m not a photographer but the kids loved these animals in particular, so I’m posting for them.

We chose not to wait in line for an hour to see the full penguin display since these little guys were outside enjoying the weather. My youngest granddaughter loves the penguins (and the movie “Happy Feet”) and she’d gladly stay there all day.


After seeing the new hippo and new giraffe we went outside and saw the zebras.


All three of the girls loved the flamingoes, although my grandson preferred the monkeys and gorillas.


They had lots of questions about this camel.


We were there when they fed the Condor a rabbit for lunch (can you say yuck?).


And although this is not a good picture, there are three tiger cubs tangled together in this pile of fur. They were sound asleep the whole time we watched.


I almost walked by the snow leopards – they blended with their environment so well, they were hard to see.


 All in all, it was a lovely day, although after six hours of walking around the zoo, I was ready to come home. And everyone slept well last night.

These pics were taken on my Samsung Galaxy IIs phone and it’s my first time taking pictures on it. It took a fair bit of time to learn how to get them to my ‘puter from my phone and then it was a challenge uploading them here, but … what to heck. Practice makes perfect.

To all my Canadian friends, I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with love and good cheer. To my American friends, feel free to join your neighbors to the north and remember what you’re grateful for this weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving 




  1. Oddly, I’ve lived in Calgary for close to 20 years and I’ve only been to the zoo to do shows. I’ve never actually looked around. Silly me.

    • shame on you. best of all to do it with little kids. they love the zoo.

  2. That sounds like the perfect way to spend Thanksgiving–with family. 🙂 Love the tiger cubs. Aw!

    • they are so cute. Bigger than i thought but still gorgeous

  3. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I’m feeling a little bit like that tiger today. Lazy. LOL. Sorry my greetings are belated.

    • no problem, Debra. it wasn’t a time sensitive post. I’m just dleighted to see you.

  4. Happy, happy.. Louise! It’s fun to see the animals when outside my RV there’s only vultures to watch. I keep as close an eye on them as they do me! Fun to see your celebration pics!

    • where are you that you see vultures outside your RV? inquiring minds want to know.

  5. Just arriving back from my Thanksgiving weekend and now playing catchup. So a belated Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Louise!

    • hope your thanksgiving was as grand as mine, Sheila.

  6. Happy Thanksgiving Louise! Looks like a lot of fun!

  7. Happy Thanksgiving, Louise. Sounded like a wonderful time with family.

    • It was wonderful – and now life goes back to normal

  8. Happy Thanksgiving, Louise! The zoo looks like fun and shame on you for not trying the water slide. Maybe next time, eh?

    Good time! Cheers!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    • yes, shame on me. I knew I’d regret posting it here.oops

  9. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Louise!

    What a fun weekend you had. Even though everyone sort of vegged out and did their own thing, you were together. Battle pirates? I must check out that game. Not that I need another game on my iPad, but it sounds fun.

    I love the pictures you took at the zoo. Yay for you figuring out how to use your phone’s camera. Technology is confusing at the best of times…

    Enjoy your mild weather, it’s starting to cool down here (finally!), and starting to feel like Fall.

    • we have a bit of rain today, Tameri and fall is definitely in the air. sighhhh we all know what follows fall. thanks for the encouragement. it’s a challenge with all this new stuff.

  10. We had awesome weather here in Toronto as well. Our families arrange things to suit attendance as well. I had nine for dinner yesterday and am goofing off today. Not even touching the stove except to boil water for tea. Did the grandson not like the flamingos because they’re pink?

    • he loved the peacocks but not the flamingoes and I’m sure color was part of it – but he loved the monkeys. of course none of those pics are good. lol

  11. Sounds like you had a great time. Loved the pics too. Happy Thanksgiving, Louise!

    • happy Columbus Day Rhonda. is this a stat holiday in the US? or just a day you recognize?

  12. Happy Thanksgiving! Sounds you had what a mom and grandmother loves best … all you ducks scampering under one roof. I can’t believe you didn’t do the water slide. Come on, Louise!! 😉 Love your zoo pics!

    • one of these days I”m going to go to the rec center by myself and give it a whirl when no one can see me. then when I’m sure I won’t cry like a baby, I’ll surprise my kids LOL. it was the perfect weekend – kids and grandkids around and lots of activity. reminded me of 45 years ago when mine were all much younger

  13. Love the animal pics – I’d say your phone does well!

    I spent the weekend working on writing stuff, visiting with my parents (they live very close which is nice), and a bit of relaxing playing computer games. Happy belated Thanksgiving!

    • thanks Jennette. Still more work to learn about pics, but it was fun because it was simple. Hmmm what does that say about me? Happy Columbus Day

  14. Happy Thanksgiving Louise & Everyone,

    When we lived in Canada for 8 yrs we would celebrate both Thanksgivings and enjoyed it very much.
    This past weekend everything was centered around watching our General Conference for our church which was broken into 5 sessions and making all sorts of things out sugar pumpkins. Since my Steve and I normally teach a class of Sunbeams at church, the lesson last week was how to make conference special. We all had a great time enjoyed the messages from our leaders while having muffins, roasted pumpkin seeds and even a hearty pumpkin soup. We had a wonderful feast both spiritually and physically. We feel invigorated and uplifted, plus I have all these wonderful leftovers to continue to enjoy.
    Looking forward to hear what everyone else did over the weekend.:)

    • nice. where did you live in Canada Shirley?

      • We lived in Watson Settlement, 10 miles from Woodstock, New Brunswick. I introduced a sister to her future husband and they are still in New Brunswick, and another sister and her husband moved there also. We moved back to CT in 81, but the children were all born in various parts of Canada. New Brunswick, Manitoba and Newfoundland:)

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