10/11/2013 09:29 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Try Travelling This Thanksgiving

Canadian Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and that means it's time to celebrate. But instead of preparing a huge dinner and eating yourself into a turkey coma, wants you to consider travelling to another city and taking in their Thanksgiving spirit this year.

Five Terrific Thanksgiving Day Destinations:

- St. John's, Newfoundland: This year, be among the first in North America to celebrate Thanksgiving in St. John's, the oldest and most easterly city in North America. This charming maritime city, the perfect combination of big-city luxury and small-town charm, is rich in history and culture, with winding, colourful streets full of shops, pubs, galleries and restaurants. This family-friendly destination can be both relaxing and educational, with beautiful and historical sites to visit. You and the family will no doubt be filled with thanks while taking in the landscape of this beautiful city.

- Quebec City, Quebec: One of the most romantic cities in Canada, this European-style city is beautiful regardless of the season, but fall is one of the best times to visit. In fact, Samuel de Champlain first celebrated his harvest festival on the new continent in this very city and this Thanksgiving, your family can experience this rich heritage for yourselves.

- New York City, New York: How about taking a bite of the "Big Apple" instead of your turkey dinner? New York City is a foodie's dream, with food available from around the world. So why not try something different for Thanksgiving dinner? And New York City has something for everyone; families, couples, friends, or individuals who want some alone time. And it's even cheaper for Canadians to get there this time of year. Now there is something to be thankful for -- savings!

- Boston, Massachusetts: This American city, with a rich history, is a great Thanksgiving destination for those who wish to have a more historical experience. Not far from the city, you can visit the beautiful Harvard campus, or stroll through Boston's "Emerald Necklace" consisting of a 1,100-acre chain of nine parks linked by parkways and waterways. Just imagine the fall colours. If history's what you're after, spend time following the red brick or painted line markers that connect the sites on the "Freedom Trail," a walking tour that links 16 historical sites in the city. Or even drive one hour south of Boston to the town of Plymouth, the landing spot of the Mayflower and the birthplace of American Thanksgiving. Wherever you go, you're sure to find a number of restaurants that serve a great turkey dinner, so you won't be missing out on the comfort meals of home.

- Calgary, Alberta: Heritage Park Historical Village is a great place to experience the best the season has to offer. The park is known for being Canada's largest living history museum. It offers hundreds of exhibits, restaurants, shops, rides and activities for couples or families. This is a great fall vacation destination to have fun and learn the history of western Canada. And if you visit during Thanksgiving weekend, you'll be treated to free rides and can visit the Wainwright Hotel Dining Room where they're offering a sumptuous three-course Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings.

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