Why do Canadian's celebrate thanksgiving? After all: pilgrims did not land on the shores of Quebec in the early 1600's. In fact: Thanksgiving was not even a National holiday in Canada until January 31, 1957 when it was proclaimed as "a day of general thanksgiving to almighty God for the bountiful harvest in which Canada has been blessed". Sound a little archaic?
Thanksgiving in Canada has a remarkably long history, the first one of note being celebrated by Martin Frobisher, an early explorer, to give thanks and observe communion on land at Frobisher Bay. They dined on salt beef, biscuits, and mushy peas and gave thanks for their safe arrival in Newfoundland.
This is acknowledged as Canada's first Thanksgiving, having occurred in 1578, some 43 years before the first American Thanks Giving. Who says Americans are always first?
What ever your reason for celebrating Thanksgiving, hopefully it will be a time to enjoy family and friends over a locally sourced meal full of love and friendship!