Thanksgiving had been unofficially observed in Canada for over 100 years by the time it was named a statutory holiday in 1957: an official â€śDay of General Thanksgivingâ€ť for â€śthe bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed.â€ť Since then, Thanksgiving has been celebrated across Canada on the second Monday in October.
Along with turkey (and tofurkey for those soy aficionados out there) dinners, Thanksgiving comes with a few traditions. One of the biggest Thanksgiving events happens here in Southwestern Ontario:Â Kitchener-Waterlooâ€™s annual Oktoberfest Parade, which will be broadcast on TV nationwide on Monday morning.
Of course, thereâ€™s one more Thanksgiving tradition to always keep in mindâ€”thatâ€™s to think about all the people who work hard to reap that bountiful harvest, including the 28,000 Ontario grain farmers growing corn, soybeans, and wheat across the province. With this yearâ€™s cool, wet summer and late harvest, most of them will still be working hard to harvest their fields for the rest of the monthâ€”and itâ€™s a sure bet theyâ€™ll be thinking about you while they do it.