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By Carissa Bluestone
Monday is Thanksgiving in Canada, which according to a recent poll by Hotwire.com, is the traditional time of year when Canadians go to US hot spots like New York, Las Vegas and, um, Minneapolis. Unless you’re heading to Toronto (the #1 destination for the holiday weekend), you’re likely travelling away from the hordes and it’s not too late to snag a last-minute deal: Air Canada is having a 20%-off sale on all Western Canada cities through October 6, plus sales on Ontario-bound tickets, which means you can still make it to the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, the country’s largest Thanksgiving weekend event. And VIA Rail tickets are up to 75% off for the holiday weekend. For more-luxe fun, most big resorts like those overseen by Tourism Whistler are still offering last-minute discounts and holiday packages that include a turkey dinner.
Discover our favourite budget-friendly stores and restaurants, where you’ll find quality eats and merchandise for $20 or less.
Weekend brunch at River Café
This idyllic café sits in the middle of Prince’s Island Park. Specializing in a regional, seasonal menu, they take the idea of Canadian cuisine seriously—the chefs even have their own garden. Brunch is a great way to experience the restaurant when you’re on a budget.
Cost: Most brunch dishes are listed at under $20
A cone from MacKay’s Ice Cream
It’s a bit outside of Calgary (in Cochrane) but this handmade ice cream in 15 flavours is worth the drive. This is a family-run business that has been serving its own ice cream since 1948.
Cost: $2.50 – $7.50
Country-style roast beef dinner at Smuggler’s Inn
A 7-oz.-cut of Alberta prime rib served au jus with fresh vegetables and red jacket mashed potatoes. Plus, a choice of soup, their own baked bread, and a trip to their long salad bar.