Canadian Thanksgiving

A little History

The first Canadian Thanksgiving was celebrated on the 6th of November in the year 1879. Indigenous peoples in Canada have a history of celebrating the fall harvest that predates the arrival of European settlers.

Sir Martin Frobisher and his crew are credited as the first Europeans to celebrate a Thanksgiving ceremony in North America, in the year 1578. They were followed by the inhabitants of New France under Samuel de Champlain in 1606. The new celebration featured the uniquely North American turkey, squash and pumpkin were first introduced to Nova Scotia during the 1750’s and became common across Canada by the 1870’s.

In 1957, Thanksgiving was proclaimed an annual event to occur on the second Monday of October. It is now an official statutory holiday across the nation, except in the maritime provinces of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador, where it is an optional holiday.

Some things to reflect and be thankful for this year:


What better way to be or become confident than to be thankful for yourself and all of your accomplishments throughout the year and even your life?  When we say accomplishments, we don’t mean it in the sense of material successes or titles you have achieved (although still rewarding), but rather the things that make you happy, the things you are able to do that make you smile. Be thankful for all you are and all that you do. Be thankful for life, the ability to create what you want and the understanding that you are amazing. Remember that when you love yourself, you will find it much easier to love all of those around you as you create a space for happiness and are able to see others in the same light that you see yourself, with greatness.  This helps to create an aura of positive feelings around you and your loved ones.

Family and Friends

These are the most important people in your life. The people that you share all of those amazing life experiences with. Loved ones create space for us to express gratitude continually, as we are able to express and share feelings of love, laughter, and sheer bliss. It may be an old friend, a significant other, your children, or even a newfound friendship that you have recently made. Having others to celebrate moments in our lives with is absolutely where we discover not only happiness but gratitude, as it is expressed on many different levels and equally shared.  Family and Friends are what creates a great community and lifestyle for those in it.  Such as the community being created at Gabriola Park.


Even the most positive and uplifting of people can feel overwhelmed at times. There will be many different situations in life that can throw you off of your game. However, knowing that you cannot always control what happens, and can never control what others do or say; you can control yourself and how you react to these situations. Although sometimes challenges come at times that seem unfair or are just plain unbearable, they happen for a reason. It is when we accept them with mind over matter and move forward in a positive mindset, that we are able to not only get through them but learn from them.  Whether that learning is solving a problem, or simply failing at something, just remember to reflect and learn why the failure happens without blame as this is how we learn and grow in life.  Challenges can turn themselves into amazing opportunities; for growth and overall happiness.

Take a brief moment to think of all of your moments and all that you have to be thankful for this year with your family. Moments that made you smile and moments that you and your family were able to grow from. Be grateful for all of these moments as they have brought you to where you are now. As we express gratitude for ourselves, family & friends and our challenges, giving you a positive mindset into all that you do and all of your experiences to come.

Finally for all those that need it Follow this link to learn How to Cook a Turkey from Canadian Living.



This entry was posted on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 by Gabriola Park.