All About Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Day always falls on the second Monday in October, which celebrates the harvest and other blessings of the past year.
Thanksgiving has been officially celebrated as an annual holiday in Canada since November 6, 1879.
While the date varied by year and was not fixed, it was commonly the third Monday in October.
On January 31, 1957, the Governor General of Canada Vincent Massey issued a proclamation stating: "A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed – to be observed on the second Monday in October."
Schools and most businesses are closed today. Banks, Department Stores, and most grocery stores are closed today along with government services. Gas stations and smaller convenience stores almost with most drug stores are open, some may have reduced hours.
Thanksgiving is a statutory holiday in most of Canada, with the exceptions being the Atlantic provinces of Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, where it is an optional holiday.