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Thanksgiving ideas

Thanksgiving weekend shouldn’t involve eating a TV dinner and fretting over Tuesday’s essay deadline. But it’s a reality for students who can’t dish out the cash for a plane ticket or justify the long trip for a short-lived weekend. There are other ways to enjoy Turkey Day in Halifax. Here are a few ideas:

Maritime Fall Fair
Hop on your bike and head to Exhibition Park for local food, horse competitions and barrel-racing. The day at Prospect Road costs $11 for adults and runs from Oct. 9 to 18. So those Thanksgiving home-bodies can still participate.

Go to the valley
Ask your friend with wheels to take you for a day. Nova Scotia boasts a beautiful fall and the Annapolis Valley is a prime spot to appreciate it. Hit up the Saturday market in Wolfville, the Pumpkin Regatta in Windsor or Noggins Farm in Greenwich for apple-picking.

Haunted Corn Maze
It’s a little early for Halloween, but on Oct. 10 you can participate in the River Breeze Haunted Corn Maze, just outside Truro. The 12-acre trek charges $14 per person. Too scary? You can buy a $9 ticket every Saturday, Sunday and Thanksgiving Day for the regular Corn Maze. That daytime price includes other activities like a wagon ride through a pumpkin patch and laser tag.

Propeller Brewery
It’s Pumpkin Ale time! Grab your growler and walk to Propeller Brewery on Gottingen Street. They only brew the flavour in October so get it while you can. Mugs of this beer are also available at The Foggy Goggle.

Volunteer at Hope Cottage
Pile plates with food for the needier. Over 30 years old, Hope Cottage provides thousands of meals on a monthly basis and Thanksgiving Day is no exception. Last year, the organization dished out almost 200 meals.

Attempt your own Thanksgiving dinner
Roll up your sleeves and cook up a meal for your friends. Better yet, make it a potluck where everyone brings a different component to a Thanksgiving meal. That way no one can blame you when the mashed potatoes turn out runny. We recommend for meal ideas.


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