Black Friday really started to take off in Canada when Canadian retailers realized that a lot of shoppers headed to the USA to find some great Black Friday deals. They wanted to keep Canadians shopping in Canada, so they introduced Canadian Black Friday here in 2008. It’s no coincidence that the Canadian Dollar was nearly at par with the US Dollar around that time.

In the beginning, it was mostly large retailers who put on Black Friday sales. However, it didn’t take long for smaller, local retailers to take notice. Fast forward to today and Canadians now get to enjoy awesome deals from shops of all sizes.

Black Friday moves north

After receiving a huge jump in popularity back in 2012, Canadian Black Friday has continued to grow and grow over the past number of years. No, you’re not imagining it. Black Friday, the world-famous (and sometimes infamous) American shopping tradition, has crept across the border. This leads us to an obvious question though, “Why?” The reason is quite simple: Canadian retailers want to compete with their American rivals for your hard earned money. It makes sense and, we must say, Canadian stores are doing a good job. More and more retailers from the Great White North are jumping on the Black Friday bandwagon to keep you shopping on this side of the border.

Black Friday Comes to Canada

Keeping Canadians shopping in Canada

Black Friday really started to take off in Canada when Canadian retailers realized that a ton of us Canadian shoppers headed south to get some great deals on electronics, toys, home accessories, clothes, home appliances, fashion accessories, and pretty much everything else. Back when the Canadian Dollar was nearly at par with the US Dollar (oh boy, those were the days), it became clear to our country’s stores that we needed our own Black Friday. Really, it’s no coincidence that 2008 marked the first Canadian Black Friday.

Sales are no longer hard to find

At the beginning, only the big stores and major brands decided to put on Black Friday sales. However, it didn’t take long for smaller, independent retailers to take notice. Soon enough, they realized that they couldn’t afford to overlook the overwhelming response from Canadian shoppers. Nowadays, we get to enjoy sales from almost every shop you can think of. What’s even nicer is that stores are announcing their deals over a week in advance to try to grab our attention. A great perk is that now we also have a week to prepare our shopping strategies. This year, don’t be shocked to see some incredible sales on Apple Watches, iPhones, iPads, LED TVs, and home appliances from all kinds of different retailers.

Black Friday shopping goes online

If we fast forward to today, almost all stores offer great online deals and discounts as well (which makes shopping so much more convenient). You can generally snag some great deals (like “up to 70% off the regular price” kind of deals) a few days before Black Friday actually arrives. Another online Black Friday benefit is free delivery. No crowds, no traffic, no crazy mall parking lots, and some extra time with your family and friends. Now that we think of it, there’s not a lot of downside to shopping online. So, this Black Friday, why not get all the must-have deals from the comfort of your own home?