Even though Black Friday is supposed to be a sale day following Thanksgiving in the USA, it’s now a massive retail sales event that happens in Canada as well.
Check out some of the great deals from these Canadian online retailers.
The Source has an early Black Friday sale with up to 50% off some items. The sale has already started.
Click here for all The Source Black Friday Canada 2019 deals.
Amazon Canada Black Friday 2019 has also started early, with amazing deals each day, ending in a massive sale on November 29th.
History of Black Friday in Canada
Black Friday is the unofficial name given to the Friday after the Thanksgiving Day (Thursday) in the United States. Since 1952, that Friday has been regarded as the first day of shopping for America’s Christmas Season.
Since 2005, Black Friday has been the busiest shopping day in the United States. Ok, but what does that have to do with Canada – Canadian Thanksgiving happens a month earlier in October!
Boxing Day Canada has typically been the largest shopping day in the country, where people would camp out most of Christmas Day Night to secure a place in the front of lines in hopes of getting their desired items at a heavily discounted price. However, since it was the day following Christmas shopping, retailers felt like they were missing out on attracting pre-Christmas dollars.
In the early 2000s, the exchange rate of the CDN to USD was so beneficial that many Canadians started crossing the southern border to capture some of the Black Friday deals in the USA. As the exchange rates changed, in 2008 and 2009 the dollars were basically on par, several large Canadian Retailers offered Black Friday sales of their own to discourage shoppers from leaving Canada.
By 2012, Black Friday Canada was a huge success, and the rest is history! And of course, with the increase in online shopping, Black Friday sales in Canada now start up to one week before Black Friday, and continue on into Cyber Monday sales.