Happy Thanksgiving Canada

I just got back from my parents’ place in Campbell River after a great Thanksgiving weekend.

At my Toastmasters group last week our Table Topics were all about Thanksgiving. One of the Table Topics asked a member to tell us about the origins of Thanksgiving. He did a great job. Here’s a little more info about Canadian Thanksgiving’s origins:

Origin of Thanksgiving in Canada:

I found some great info on the origins of Canadian Thanksgiving at Wikipedia.

The first and original Thanksgiving comes from Canada. In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October. Unlike the American tradition of remembering Pilgrims and settling in the New World, Canadians give thanks for a successful harvest.

The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an English explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Orient. He did not succeed but he did establish a settlement in Canada. In the year 1578, he held a formal ceremony, in what is now the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, to give thanks for surviving the long journey. This is considered the first Canadian Thanksgiving, and the first Thanksgiving to have taken place in North America.

While in Campbell River I met with a few clients, played a couple of rounds of golf with my girlfriend and my folks, visited some old friends, and generally just ate and was merry. I love going home. And I love Thanksgiving. Thanks to everyone I saw this weekend. It was a beauty.