Learn About The History and Traditions of Canadian Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving As mid-October approaches, Canadians are getting ready for their Thanksgiving celebration, which always coincides with the Columbus Day holiday in the United States.  This year, the holiday falls on Monday, October 14th.  There is an interesting story behind...

Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving

As mid-October approaches, Canadians are getting ready for their Thanksgiving celebration, which always coincides with the Columbus Day holiday in the United States.  This year, the holiday falls on Monday, October 14th.  There is an interesting story behind the history of Canadian Thanksgiving.

It goes back to the year 1578, when Martin Frobisher was making a voyage from England in search of the Northwest Passage.  Because he intended to start a settlement on this trip, he came equipped with 15 ships loaded down with people, materials, and supplies.  The difficult trip was made almost impossible by terrible storms and ice, and the ships were separated.  Eventually, they reconvened at Frobisher Bay, and Robert Wolfall, who was appointed to be the minister, encouraged the travelers to be especially thankful for surviving the arduous journey, and they celebrated with communion.

It wasn't until January 31, 1957 that the Parliament of Canada officially proclaimed Thanksgiving as an official holiday to celebrate with thanksgiving the blessings bestowed on Canada.

Thanksgiving in Canada is very similar to the holiday in the United States.  Families and friends typically gather to share a harvest meal.  Houses and churches are decorated with fall symbols, including cornucopias, corn stalks, and wheat sheaves.  Canadians also celebrate with the popular Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Parade, which is aired on Canadian television stations.  Football fans find themselves watching the iconic sport, as the Canadian Football League holds its traditional Thanksgiving Day Classic.

From the very beginning, Thanksgiving in Canada was started to give thanks to God for his protection and provision.  As you plan your Thanksgiving feast, contact us for all your meal preparation needs.