Family, football and, of course, feasting. While there are many traditions shared by Canadians and Americans for their Thanksgiving holidays, the origins of the day itself are quite different. Both Thanksgivings do involve a crossing by water, though: In the US, it was the hearty Pilgrims sailing to Plymouth Rock in 1621.
In Canada, the first “Thanksgiving” was hosted by explorer Martin Frobisher in 1578. His intention was to give thanks and show gratitude for his successful completion of the sailing of the Northwest Passage, located in the Canadian territory now known as Nunavut.
Frobisher’s celebration was actually held in Newfoundland, so we’ll start with those two locations for our roundup of the best places from coast to coast to be a part of a truly Canadian Thanksgiving, which is celebrated the second Monday in October.