- Is there a cost?
- When is Thanksgiving and what is it?
- Why would a Nova Scotian want to host a new immigrant family for Thanksgiving?
- Who will make the meal?
- What food will be served?
- Will alcohol be served?
- Is my English ok for dinner conversation?
- What should we talk about over dinner?
- Can I bring a friend?
- I have kids, how will that affect the dinner?
- Should I bring something to dinner?
- How do you pick a host family for me?
- How will I get to their house?
No, there’s no cost. We’ve put together this service as a way for more Nova Scotians and newcomers to get to know each other.
Thanksgiving is a holiday on the second Monday of October. Traditionally, it is an opportunity for people to give thanks for a good harvest and other fortunes in the past year. Usually, Nova Scotia families have a Thanksgiving dinner on the Sunday or Monday of that weekend. Dinner typically includes a roast turkey, cranberry sauce, potatoes, pumpkin pie and other family specialties.
Nova Scotians are generous and welcoming people! For them, it is an opportunity to meet new people, share their traditions and learn about your culture, your family and your experiences. Some might have travelled to other countries and experienced the hospitality of other cultures. Some might have done this before. And some might have heard from friends who enjoyed their hosting experience. Others understand how it might feel to be in a new place and want you to know you are welcome.
The host family will provide the main meal, but if you would like to contribute a side dish or speciality it would undoubtedly be welcomed. When you're matched, you can discuss this with your host directly.
Most of the dinners include roasted turkey and a lot of fall vegetables; if you are vegetarian or halal we will match you with a family that can accommodate that. Please also remind your hosts of any meal restrictions when you talk to them.
Most families will be serving a glass of wine – but if you do not drink alcohol it is very polite to say no and ask for juice instead.
It is helpful if you can speak enough English to have a conversation. Please don’t feel nervous or shy about your language skills. Hosts are welcoming, kind and patient people and will be happy to speak slowly and repeat their words.
It is easy to find things to talk about: your kids and their schools, popular sports and hobbies, the story of your family coming to Canada, where you have travelled, favourite places in Nova Scotia or favourite things to do. You can also ask them questions about their lives and the meal.
Absolutely! If you don’t have family in Nova Scotia, feel free to bring a friend to dinner. Please let us know when you register that you plan to bring a friend.
Children are welcome! If you tell us your children's age, we'll try to find a family with children too. And you’ll each get a short profile of your matched family, including the number and age of children.
It is not necessary to bring your host a gift, but if you would like to do so it will be accepted gratefully.
We match guest and hosts with shared characteristics: location and availability, shared languages, interests, size of group, and meal restrictions.
We try to ensure you are matched with someone who is near where you live. You may need to take public transit (i.e a bus), a car (if available) or cab to their house.