How to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Vancouver

From delicious dinners to festive activities, we round up the best ways to spend Thanksgiving weekend with your loved ones this year

Credit: Jelger + Tanja

From delicious dinners to festive activities, we round up the best ways to spend Thanksgiving weekend with your loved ones this year

Thanksgiving To-Go from Railtown Cafe

Don’t feel like cooking but craving turkey and all the fixings? Railtown Catering is once again offering a gourmet dinner package for 8 to 10 guests, available for pick-up or delivery on Sunday, October 9 and Monday, October 10. Offered in both ready-to-eat and ready-to-bake formats, the package features a 16-lb sage-roasted organic turkey along with a selection of ready-made seasonal dishes, including brioche bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts and more.

397 Railway Street, $299 plus tax (delivery charges extra)
Place orders online or by phone (604-568-8811) by October 5 at noon.

Diva at the Met Thanksgiving lunch – Tuesday, October 4 to Tuesday, October 11

Get into the festive spirit early with a special Thanksgiving lunch at the fabulous Diva at the Met. The set menu includes roasted local apples and butternut squash soup, Rossdown Farms turkey with buttermilk Yukon mashed potatoes, fall vegetables and a warm pear tart tatin to end on a sweet note.

645 Howe Street $29 per person (kids under 12 free)
Click here for reservations or call 604 602-7788.

Bacchus Thanksgiving Dinner – all holiday weekend

The Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge in downtown Vancouver’s luxurious Wedgewood Hotel is the perfect setting for an elegant, festive meal. Book your table to enjoy executive chef Simon Bolsover‘s traditional Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family.

845 Hornby Street
Click here for reservations or call 604-608-5319.

Fort Langley Cranberry Festival – Saturday, October 8

There’s nothing like celebrating Thanksgiving with fresh cranberries! Take the family out to Fort Langley’s 21st annual Cranberry Festival to enjoy free entertainment, fun activities, a variety of vendors and a yummy pancake breakfast to start the morning off right.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., free admission
Fort Langley Community Hall, 9167 Glover Road

Dockside Thanksgiving Special – all holiday weekend

Celebrate Thanksgiving over the weekend at Dockside Seafood Restaurant on Granville Island. Along with the traditional features, the dinner menu includes a green kale salad, and a pumpkin mousse with pumpkin-spiced tuile for dessert. And if you already have plans for the evening, the restaurant is also offering lunch with a turkey, cranberry and brie panini.

1253 Johnston Street
Click here for reservations or call 604 685-7070.

Boulevard Thanksgiving Dinner- Sunday, October 9 to Monday, October 10

Friends and family will love Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar‘s delicious three-course Thanksgiving Dinner, which includes maple-roasted butternut squash soup, slow-roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, apple pie and more. 

845 Burrard Street, $68 per person (plus beverages and gratuity)
Click here for reservations or call 604-642-2900.

Credit: Joe Fortes

Joe Fortes Traditional Dinner – Monday, October 10

If you love an old-fashioned meal, Joe Fortes is the place to be on Thanksgiving Monday. Gather friends and family to enjoy a traditional dinner with fresh-roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes, bread stuffing, cranberry sauce and the works. Big on festive feasts? Make it a three-course meal with the restaurant’s latest fall squash bisque and homemade pumpkin pie. 

777 Thurlow Street, $32.95 per person (additional $12 for three-course meal)
Call 604 669-1940 for reservations.

Visit a pumpkin patch – all holiday weekend

No matter how old you are, you’ll never be too old for the pumpkin patch. The Lower Mainland is full of delightful farms with corn mazes, furry animals and wagon rides that make for a perfectly festive family outing this Thanksgiving weekend. Put on your boots, and head over to these local pumpkin patches for a jolly good time.

taves family farm applebarn

333 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford
Open seven days a week 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. until Thanksgiving; click here for rates 

Attractions: Pedal carts, corn quest maze, Bunnytown, hayrides, pony rides, pumpkin cannon, petting barn, cider press demonstrations, zipline

Chilliwack Corn Maze

41905 Yale Road West, Chilliwack
Open Friday/Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday/Thanksgiving Monday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; click here for rates
Attractions: 12-acre corn maze, giant jumping pillow, pedal carts, duck races, corn train, farm animals, flashlight maze, hayrides

Laity Pumpkin Patch


21145 128th Avenue, Maple Ridge

Open Monday to Friday, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday/Sunday/Thanksgiving Monday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; click here for rates

Attractions: Vegetable gardens, farm animals, corn maze, tractor rides, fantasy-themed forest area, fairytale trails


Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch

18507 20th Ave, Surrey

Open weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $5 admission (cash only)

Attractions: Wagon rides, mini corn maze, farm animals, fire truck 


Richmond Country Farms

12900 Steveston Hwy, Richmond 

Call 604-274-0522 for hours, $9 weekdays; $12 weekends/holidays

Attractions: Corn maze, sing-along hayrides, performances, duck ponds, waterfalls 


Southlands Farms

6767 Balaclava Street, Vancouver

Open weekdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission by donation

Attractions: Horses, goats, baking, old apple orchard, farm education

Truffle Fine Foods Festive Meal – order until Wednesday, October 5

Looking for a relaxing holiday weekend without spending all day in the kitchen? Let the team at Truffle Fine Foods prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings, so that you can kick back and relax with your loved ones. The turkey to-go meal includes gravy, cranberry sauce, whipped garlic mashed potatoes, roasted root vegetables and creamy pumpkin pie.

$100 for parties of 4; orders must be placed no later than Wednesday, October 5
Pick up: Friday, October 7 to Sunday, October 9 at all four locations

Turkey Trot – Sunday, October 9 and Monday, October 10

Give back in the spirit of Thanksgiving at The Granville Island Turkey Trot Run. Proceeds will go towards Quest Food Exchange and Arts Umbrella at this fun and festive community event. The Kids Run will be held on Sunday, October 9, and the 10k event will be held on Thanksgiving Monday. Register with friends, family and co-workers to keep yourself motivated, and enjoy drinks, food and entertainment afterwards. 

Click here for registration details
Kids run: Sunday, October 9, 12 p.m.; 10k: Monday, October 10, 8.30 a.m.

YEW Thanksgiving Dinner – Sunday, October 9 to Monday, October 10

Celebrate a lavish evening at The Four Season‘s YEW Seafood + Bar with a three-course meal featuring, of course, turkey. There are many options to choose from at this spectacular feast, making it a perfect choice for families and friends with different tastes. 

791 West Georgia Street, $69 per person
Click here for reservations or call 604 692-4939.


SIDECUT Modern Steak + Bar in Whistler’s Turkey on the Fly – all holiday weekend

If you’re heading up to Whistler for the holiday weekend, don’t stress about having to prepare a feast for the family. The Four Season‘s stylish SIDECUT restaurant has you covered with their Turkey on the Fly dinner that’s ready to serve up to six people. Order a JD Farms free-range turkey with traditional sides such as mixed green salad, sage stuffing, roasted root vegetables, foie gras and giblet gravy, maple pumpkin pie and more. 

Pick up outside the resort, 4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
$395 plus taxes,