The first Thanksgiving has roots dating back to 1578, well before Canada was even a country.
Martin Frobisher, an English explorer, set sail with his crew on a long journey across the Atlantic Ocean in search of a northern passage to the Orient. Although he did not succeed in finding a passage, he did establish a settlement in North America. Thankful for surviving the long trip across the Atlantic, Frobisher held the first Thanksgiving ceremony in what is now the province of Newfoundland.
The first official Canadian Thanksgiving was on April 15,1872. It was celebrated to give thanks for the Prince of Wales' recovery from an illness.
The holiday is observed on the second Monday of October every year. This has been the standard since 1931. The one exception was in 1935, when Thanksgiving was moved to a Thursday to accommodate a general election.
Traditional foods on the menu for the holiday consist of a turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, a mixture of vegetables, stuffing and typically a pumpkin pie.