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Canadian Thanksgiving

In Canada, the second Monday in October is celebrated as Thanksgiving Day. This year it falls on October 8th.


Canadian Thanksgiving traces its roots to the old European farming custom of coming together to celebrate a plentiful harvest.

The first known Thanksgiving celebration on Canadian shores was in 1578. It was hosted by a European explorer named Martin Frobisher, who pulled together an impromptu harvest feast upon reaching Newfoundland. Frobisher famously gave thanks not only for the delicious feast, but also for his crew's safe passage at sea.

Canada's Thanksgiving traditions are also attributed to the many Loyalists who moved north--the Americans who remained faithful to England during the Revolutionary War. These settlers brought many of their American Thanksgiving customs that were adopted into the Canadian holiday.

The Perfect Thanksgiving Meal

Like its American counterpart, the Canadian Thanksgiving meal usually features a North American staple, the turkey, although ham or other roasts may be substituted. This centerpiece is complemented by an array of favorites: gravy, stuffing, autumn vegetables, and desserts.

Canadians are fond of the cornucopia tradition as it was originally practiced by European farmers: filling a curved ram's horn with fruits and grains.

Sep. 19, 2009 2:55 pm
We are not Canadian but always celebrate "Canadian Thanksgiving" with our extended family. We live in Wisconsin and had so many Thanksgiving dinners half attended due to slippery winter roads that we decided to borrow the holiday. Since we are not off of work for Columbus day - we have it the Saturday before. It must have been a southerner who thought the end of November was the end of harvest time. We have all the trimmings and still celebrate the American holiday six weeks later. Having two turkey days is delightful.
Oct. 3, 2009 9:37 am
Yes I am not Canadian either but my family loves these recipies.It is always fun when my parents come over and I make this food for them!
Oct. 6, 2009 9:18 pm
I am Canadian, and I love making Thanksgiving dinner! My favourite things to make are the turkey (or sometimes chicken) with onion, garlic, and carrots stuffed inside the bird; stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce, potatoes, creamed carrots, and pumpkin pie of course!
Oct. 8, 2009 6:02 pm
I'm Canadian, but I go to university in Utah. My lucky American friends get to have me cook a huge thanksgiving dinner for them this weekend!
Oct. 9, 2009 8:31 am
I've had the pleasure of preparing our Thanksgiving dinner for 12 to 14 people for many years and it is always wonderful(or so my wife and guests tell me).For a nice twist on the stuffing, try adding 2-3 fresh sausages, casings removed , 1tsp.sage a 1/2 tsp. of tarragon and pine nuts to increase the flavour and texture in this dish...AWESOME!!
Oct. 9, 2009 8:58 am
It's a lot warmer in the South therefore the harvest time has always been "extended" but I doubt that harvest times had anything to do with why President Lincoln established the annual holiday in 1863. Lincoln wanted to put a day aside in recognition of the blessings that Americans shared together in an effort to help reunite the split nation. President F.D. Roosevelt made the holiday official in 1942 so as to extend the holiday shopping season in efforts to help the Country rise out of the Great Depression.
Oct. 10, 2009 10:44 am
I'm not Canadian but I make the "Jambon au Sirop D'Erable" and my family just loves it !! Thanks !
Oct. 2, 2010 8:27 am
We are dual citzens of canada/Uk.we currently live in the Uk,and we love thanksgiving! I have converted some of my neighbours to try some canadian recipes. they all love it..and I usually make all my own pies etc. this year I'm gonna try some of these wonderful recipes. GO CANADA!! it's nice to feel homely even far away!!
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