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Thanksgiving

7 Places for a Thanksgiving Feast in Calgary 2019

By Anna Rybnickova

All you pumpkin π-fans out there, rejoice! Once again, the Thanksgiving festivities are upon us and there are plenty of places in Calgary where you can spend the day savouring your favourite dishes with your family without all the cooking hustle and bustle. Simply get on that fancy dress and pick a spot!

Carriage House Inn
Saturday – Monday, October 12 – 14
The Carriage House Inn provides three dining options throughout the whole holiday weekend. You can choose from the brunch buffet on Sunday, delicious, three-course dinner on Sunday and holiday Monday, or even take-out dinner from Saturday until Monday so you can enjoy an exquisite feast from the comfort of your home.
Carriage House Inn, 9030 Macleod Trail South, carriagehouse.net

Heritage Park Historical Village
Saturday – Monday, October 12 – 14
Thanksgiving weekend will be your last chance this year to enjoy the attractions of the historical village. A traditional Thanksgiving lunch, themed activities, pumpkin pie baking and crafts are awaiting you at the Wainwright Hotel.
Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Dr SW, heritagepark.ca

Wainwright Hotel, credit: Heritage Park

Selkirk Grille
Sunday – Monday, October 13 – 14
Selkirk Grille at Heritage Park prepared a delicious Thanksgiving menu that has something for everybody. If you want a light nibble to take with you on the park’s many attractions, enjoy a roast turkey sandwich. If you are in for the whole experience, enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner or lunch with all the traditional goodies, which were given a creative spin.
Selkirk Grille, 1900 Heritage Dr SW, selkirkgrille.ca

The Selkirk Grille, credit: Colin Way Photography

Vegan Thanksgiving at Hearts Choices
Sunday, October 13
Getting tired of the constant image of turkey as the sole meal of this holiday season? This year, plant-lovers of Calgary will have the option to try out a purely vegan Thanksgiving feast, including a vegan turk’y, mashed potatoes, herb stuffing and as a dessert, of course, a pumpkin cashew cheezecake.
Hearts Choices Cafe Market, 4127 6 St NE, heartschoices.com

Courtesy of Hearts Choices

Brunch at Fort Calgary
Sunday, October 13
An overflowing brunch buffet at Fort Calgary is always a good idea. Chef’s selection of hot and cold platters, made-to-order omelettes, eggs benedict, sausages, bacon and everything else and more you expect from an excellent brunch. This is the ultimate Thanksgiving comfort food in style as you also receive a complimentary admission to the Fort Calgary’s museum.
Fort Calgary, 750 9 Ave SE, fortcalgary.com

Courtesy of Fort Calgary

Thanksgiving Brunch & Dinner at Glenmore Inn
Sunday, October 13
The Garden Court Atrium at Glenmore Inn will be stuffed with a Thanksgiving buffet for brunch or dinner this year. The feast is suitable for all ages, so bring your whole family together and spend some quality time with your loved ones without the stress of preparations.
Glenmore Inn, 1000 Glenmore Court SE, glenmoreinn.com

Courtesy of the Glenmore Inn

Fall Harvest Dinner at Calgary Zoo
Monday, October 14
If you want to give your Thanksgiving a fun twist, why not spend it at the zoo? Explore the various pavilions and enclosures and then come together for a hearty four-course turkey dinner consisting of everything nice and proper this holiday deserves.
Calgary Zoo, 1300 Zoo Rd NE, calgaryzoo.com

Courtesy of the Calgary Zoo

Long Weekend Roundup October 5 to October 8

Patricia Piccinini. Still Life with Stem Cells, 2002. Courtesy of the Artist.

Friday, October 5  If you’re looking for activities the whole family can enjoy this weekend, check out Fairytales, Monsters and the Genetic Imagination at the Glenbow Museum. The exhibition is comprised of works by contemporary artists who are inspired by the fantastic stories and characters of myths, fairytales and science fiction in which the boundaries between human and animal are blurred. The exhibition includes approximately 60 paintings, photographs, sculptures and video works by contemporary artists from Canada and around the world. The exhibition will run until January 2nd. Tickets are $14 adults, $10 senior, $9 student and youth $9. 

Scared yet? Screamfest 2012 starts this weekend. Photo: Courtesy Screamfest.

Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6 This Friday and Saturday, check out the first weekend of Screamfest. During the month of October, Stampede Park transforms into a carnival of carnage. This Halloween festival includes six terrifying haunted houses, a renovated Bates Motel, indoor maze, rides, musical entertainment, food vendors and contortionists. Tickets are available at Ticketbud and range from $20 to $40. The event runs from 7 pm to midnight.

On Friday and Saturday, check out Soulocentric Festival 2012 at Vertigo Theatre. The festival showcases independent performing artists that are creating new and original solo works in dance, theatre, music and multi-media. Start times vary. To purchase tickets, call 403-221-3708 or visit the festival’s website. (more…)

Thanksgiving at Heritage Park

This holiday long weekend, take the kids back in time at Heritage Park and enjoy free rides, a pancake breakfast and a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

As a thank you for a great summer, Heritage Park is offering free rides all weekend long ($10 value) and a free pancake breakfast for the first 500 guests through the gates each morning before 10:30 am.

Take the family down to Heritage Park this weekend. Photo: Courtesy Travel Alberta.

And to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving, the Wainwright Hotel will serve a three-course family lunch. The meal includes roast turkey with mashed potatoes, butternut squash soup and, for dessert, a slice of pumpkin pie with Chantilly cream. The meal will be served from October 6 until October 8, between 11 am to 3:30 pm. The meal is $22.95 for adults and $14.95 for children (under 12).

Good To Know: While Heritage Park is closing for the season, several attractions outside the park’s main entrance will remain open year-round. These include Gasoline Alley Museum, Selkirk Grille Restaurant, Railway Café and the five shops that make up the Haskayne Mercantile Block. Also, as of the beginning of November, the area will feature a free skating rink, open daily.

Select Historical Village venues will reopen for special and ticketed events during the off season, including Ghouls’ Night Out, Ghosts and Gourmet and Once Upon A Christmas, which is held on the five weekends prior to Christmas Day. However, the Historical Village won’t reopen for the 2013 summer season until the May long weekend.

Holiday Travel with Kids

Photo by Melissa Baldwin

To kick off the Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite family travel tips from the blogosphere. No fancy graphics or pie charts, just good, old-fashioned dos and dont’s from real-life parents. (more…)

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Travel Deals

Image by Vectorportal

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.