Instead most stores that did open early for Black Friday saw a handful of shoppers walk through the doors looking to check out the deals.
One of the longer lines was at the H&M store at Metrotown Mall, which was offering up to $300 off for the first 200 customers.
On Vancouver's Robson Street a handful of people camped out to buy the latest Air Jordan basketball shoes — at the full price of $230. Further down the street about seven people lined up at the Old Navy outlet.
South of the border it was a different scene, with many Canadian shoppers heading to retailers in Bellingham on Thursday night, despite the sinking value of the Canadian dollar.
In recent years Black Friday has become a global phenomenon, and this year panicked shoppers in the U.K. tumbled over each other in their rush for deals.