Canadians are overwhelmed with information about Thanksgiving in the US. Here are 5 facts specifically about Thanksgiving in Canada.

  • The first Canadian Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1578 when English explorer Martin Frobisher held a feast in what is now Newfoundland to mark his safe arrival to the New World. That was 40 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
  • In 2016, 2.6 million Thanksgiving turkeys were purchased by Canadians (40% of all whole turkeys that were sold). Another 3.1 million (41%) were purchased for Christmas. They are consumed along with 20% all cranberries eaten through the year.
  • Canadians like to eat themselves into a coma on Thanksgiving Day and, on average, consume 4500 calories.
  • Fossil evidence shows that turkeys roamed North America some 10 million years ago.
  • Other countries that celebrate Thanksgiving include Germany, Grenada, Korea, Japan and Liberia.
Kevin Kinsella