Doesn't Canadian Thanksgiving always seem to come out of nowhere, sometimes even before the leaves starts changing colour? Canadian Thanksgiving 2013 falls on Monday, Oct. 14. — the second Monday of the month, as always.

Thanksgiving is a statutory holiday across much of Canada, from Quebec to British Columbia, but excludes Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island.

Most offices in provinces that celebrate the stat holiday will be closed on the Monday, though certain shopping malls and tourist attractions will be taking advantage of the long weekend business.

Depending on your family tradition, Thanksgiving meals can take place on any of the weekend days, though Sunday appears to be the favourite, likely thanks to all the time families have to prepare (and of course, the day off work on Monday to recover).

In the United States, Thanksgiving takes place much later, on the fourth Thursday of November, which makes this year's celebration on November 28. The discrepancy is simply due to geography and climate, since the harvest takes place earlier north of the border.

The first Canadian Thanksgiving is said to have taken place in 1578 to welcome home Martin Frobisher safely from his journey to discover the Northwest Passage.

Since then, the Canadian Thanksgiving has taken on characteristics of both its British heritage and American neighbours, celebrated most typically with a bountiful stuffed-turkey meal and other seasonal indulgences, as well as a genuine appreciation for all that Canada has to offer.

LOOK — 10 Delicious Thanksgiving Recipes

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  • Coconut Milk and Pomegranate Marinated Turkey

    This is my turkey recipe from last year, but it came out so good that I’m making it again this year. It includes a simple marinade of coconut milk, buttermilk, and pomegranate juice that will make your turkey moist and flavorful. <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Recipe: Coconut Milk and Pomegranate Marinated Turkey</a></strong> Photo: tuchodi on Flickr

  • Ginger and Poblano Cornbread

    Need a dish to bring to a friend's Thanksgiving dinner that's fairly easy to make but that needs to impress? Here's one solution. Everyone loves cornbread, and this one has zing thanks to a one-two punch of ginger and poblano. To go the extra mile, make this, and for those with more sensitive palates, bring a more traditional cornbread, as well. <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Recipe: Ginger and Poblano Cornbread</a></strong>

  • Radicchio and Haricot Vert Salad with Candied Walnuts

    Everyone expects to eat a traditional green bean salad at Thanksgiving, but why not change it up a bit and throw your guests a curve ball with this light and refreshing radicchio and haricot vert salad? The candied walnuts add a hint of sweetness to the bitter greens and provides for a Thanksgiving feel. <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Recipe: Radicchio and Haricot Vert Salad with Candied Walnuts</a></strong>

  • Maple Roasted Carrots and Parsnips

    I know that many of you will be striving to cook seasonally this Thanksgiving. Instead of using frozen peas and corn, since they're not available in the greenmarkets right now, try this fall-friendly dish. The parsnips bring color and texture to the maple roasted carrots, and best of all, the prep time here is so minimal you can work on more complicated mains or sides without stress. <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Recipe: Maple Roasted Carrots and Parsnips</a></strong> Photo: Jon Mountjoy on Flickr

  • Pumpkin Ginger Bread Pudding

    Trade that boring pumpkin pie recipe for a new and improved Thanksgiving dessert: Pumpkin Ginger Bread Pudding! Bread pudding is hard to turn down, but for those who love pumpkin pie as their Thanksgiving dessert of choice, the pumpkin in this bread pudding will convert even those hardcore pie lovers. <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Recipe: Pumpkin Ginger Bread Pudding

  • Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake

    Ever feel disappointed when you finish your slice of Thanksgiving pumpkin pie and start hunting around for something... better? Welcome a pumpkin gingersnap cheesecake to your Thanksgiving table. It's also great because unlike regular pumpkin pie, cheesecake freezes well, meaning that your leftover meals can still end with a little sweetness days later. <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Recipe: Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake</a></strong> Photo: jeffreyw on Flickr

  • Pumpkin and Herb Stuffing

    This is one of my favorite stuffing recipes that I like to serve along with some <a href="" target="_hplink">nice collard greens</a>. I added a seasonal favorite into the mix -- the pumpkin -- and the cinnamon, raisins, and pears add a hint of sweetness to the dish. All the complex flavors are bound to make this one of your <a href="" target="_hplink">Thanksgiving winning dishes</a>! <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Recipe: Pumpkin and Herb Stuffing</a></strong> Photo: <a href="" target="_hplink">Maggie Hoffman</a> on Flickr

  • Turkey Leg Roulade

    My friend Marc Forgione created a dish to prevent having to fight over the succulent dark meat. This turkey leg roulade makes it easy for everyone to get a taste. Serve it in addition to a whole turkey or even as the main course! <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Recipe: Turkey Leg Roulade</a></strong>

  • Mashed Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Kale

    This recipe is a play on Irish colcannon, a staple peasant dish of mashed potatoes with cabbage and bacon. The cabbage takes a hike in favor of crispy, healthy kale (and we keep it veg here, since there'll be a lot of meat on the table). Add in some creamy goat cheese to give it an extra tang -- and to use less butter. <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Recipe: Mashed Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Kale</a></strong> Photo: <a href="" target="_hplink">VegaTeam</a> on Flickr

  • Wild Rice and Cornbread Stuffing

    Rice and cornbread in a stuffing? Not only is it a delicious combination in this very Thanksgiving-friendly side, but it's also <em>gluten-free</em>! Yes, a gluten-free stuffing, and it's so tasty that even if no one at your table has any wheat allergies, you may want to try it just to get a new stuffing in the mix. <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Recipe: Wild Rice and Cornbread Stuffing</a></strong> Photo: ocean yamaha on Flickr

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