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Top 5 Canadian Thanksgiving Foods

Top 5 Canadian Thanksgiving Foods

Hey mom you know what day it is? It’s Thanksgiving!
Thanks-who? It’s October 14th. In Canada. That’s right today is Canadian Thanksgiving
which is why I made this Pilgrim hat to celebrate. Which I realize is completely unnecessary
because the Pilgrims were so not in Canada. In 1578 this dude named Martin Frobisher had
a fleet of 15 ships and he was sailing around Newfoundland, looking for the Northwest passage
but there were all these storms and all of this ice and a lot of ships were lost but
Frobisher made it out alive. When he returned back to his base camp he broke bread with
the remaining sailors and gave thanks to the almighty God and thus was born Canada’s first
Thanksgiving although in the ensuing years Canadian Thanksgiving has jumped around dates
a number of times, they have given thanks for all sorts of reasons. For instance in
1604 we have French settlers led by the explorer Samuel de Champlain who were all like merci
beaucoup for their safe voyage across the ocean into beautiful Canada and then in 1763
there was this big ole Canadian Thanksgiving throw-down to celebrate the conclusion of
the 7 years war. Fast-forward to 1838 and then we have another Canadian Thanksgiving
on a different date to celebrate the end of another Canadian Rebellion. There was even
a Canadian Thanksgiving celebration in 1872 to give thanks for the recovery of then Prince
and future King Edward the VII’s recovery from being really sick for awhile. Proving
that Canadians really are the nicest people on the planet. And then in 1957 the Canadian
Prime Minister was all like oh lets give thanks for everything on the second Monday in October.
That’s my Canadian accent. Not very good eh? But when I saw that Canadian Thanksgiving
was coming up the very first thing I thought was what do Canadians eat on Thanksgiving
eh? And when I did a little digging, I was surprised and also delighted to find the following
five foods that you are most likely to see on a Canadian Thanksgiving table. And if you’re
watching in the United States, it’s going to start to look familiar really fast. Number
five: Cranberries. Although probably not in triple strength concentrate form for urinary
tract infections. No we’re talking about cranberry sauce. Number four: sweet potatoes. That’s
right it’s not just Yankees who love them yams. Number three on the list and my personal
favorite: pumpkin pie! Psyche that’s a butternut squash. Butternut squash though is also good
although I wouldn’t want to eat it in a pie shell. Number two: stuffing which you put
inside of number one: turkey. Gobble gobble, Canadians are going to eat up more than three
million turkeys today. That’s right the top five foods that you’re going to find at a
Canadian Thanksgiving day table are probably the same foods that you’re going to find at
an American Thanksgiving table on the third Thursday in November every year because in
the late 18th century after the American Revolution, British Loyalists who were living in the United
States were like hey screw y’all we’re going to Canada because they’re still down with
the queen and stuff. So that group of union jack lovers which call themselves the United
Empire Loyalists moved up to Canada bringing with them historians say traditional American
Thanksgiving foods including turkey, pumpkins and squash. So even though the historical
roots of Canadian Thanksgiving are different then the roots of American Thanksgiving, what
we eat is still the same and what is often forgotten is also still the same: that we
took the land from Native peoples who had been having similar Thanksgiving feasts celebrating
harvest each year. For Canadians watching, happy Thanksgiving and let me know what’s
going to be on your table today. And don’t forget to subscribe eh?

Reader Comments

  1. Actually, since I can't get my paws on some pumpkin here in Sweden I make pumpkin pie with butternut squash. It is quite nice actually ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. From someone who is from Newfoundland and laughs every time someone pronounces it new-fin-LIND (hehe it happens often), we say new-fin-LAND! Love your videos ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. We actually did our Thanksgiving dinner last night; turkey, stuffing, cranberries, sweet potatoes, broccoli, green beans. For desert we had sugar free mousse though, which I know, sounds weird, BUT it was delicious and you couldn't tell it was sugar-free!!! But Happy Turkey Day to all my fellow Canadians out there, and thank you Cristen for making this, you taught me stuff that I never learned during Canadian history in social studies in school!

  4. In Newfoundland we also include beats and salt meat. We usually just have regular potatoes (but we do still love sweet potatoes). Cabbage, carrots, turnip, plain bread pudding, we love it all ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I am so confused. My whole life, Thanksgiving has been on the 3rd Thursday of November. This year, though, it's going to be on the 28th?? That's the fourth Thursday of November!!! I don't understand what the heck is going on!

  6. my family's thanksgiving menu: turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing (LOTS of it!), roasted carrots/burssel spouts, gravy and cranberry sauce. For dessert: chocolate pumpkin cheesecake! SO GOOD

  7. Senate passed a resolution requiring that Thanksgiving be observed annually on the fourth Thursday of November, which was sometimes the last Thursday and sometimes (less frequently) the next to last. – Wikipedia

  8. Whislt we don't have a Thankgiving day in our country, it is my younger brother & sister's Birthday today (14 Oct), yes, they are twins. Celebrations all around =D

  9. NEWFINLIN Hahaha. Newf-un-land is the best way I can describe pronouncing it properly, but basically no one outside of eastern Canada can say it very well. (of course there are always exceptions)

  10. Perogies are an essential Thanksgiving dish in many parts of Canada. Also, canned squash instead of pumpkin in a pie is DELICIOUS. Same flavour, silkier texture.

  11. I'm surprised mashed potatoes wasn't on that list. We had chicken at our dinner, because turkey is expensive for our group if Uni students. Everything else is spot on though ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I wonder why its Turkeys in particular. So pumped for my dinner tonight! You said EH in the wrong context to at the end lol.

  13. I live in Alberta,Canada and we are having Ham, scalloped potatoes au gratin and Stuffing with veggies for supper (no one in my house really likes turkey. lol)

  14. My hubby and I are Canadian. Roast Beef, Potatoes, and Carrots: with Pumpkin Pie for dessert! <3 (I stopped eating pork, and I am not fond of turkey.)

  15. I live out in the heart of Pennsylvania Amish Country. When I went to see my local farmer for some sugar pumpkins he told me that his family prefers squash to pumpkin pie! I am trying it for my first Thanksgiving down here.

  16. Thanks for making a video all about my beloved country Cristen! We had our Thanksgiving Sunday since today's my birthday, and had all of your top five foods on our table! My mum makes the best mashed sweet potatoes baked with marshmallows on top…my fav part since we only make it once a year!

  17. I was told that our Thanksgiving is earlier than yours because we are more north than you so we have shorter growing seasons, so our harvest is earlier than yours, so then our celebration of the plunder of our harvest would be earlier too.
    That's the story that makes most sense to me. We probably named it Thanksgiving because we wanted to be like our older brother, America
    For Thanksgiving I had beer can chicken because my family was out of town and I was alone but I still wanted to have a bird.

  18. Oh, it wasn't just me that cringed a bit when she said it like that?

    Also it's more Samuel "du" Champlain, not "dee" Champlain, it sounds more like deux, like the french word for two.

  19. Corn, potatos, cranberries, pickles, pickles beats, mashed pirates, sweet pirates, stuffing, yucky, ham, gravy, pumpkin pie, apple pie, an assortment of wine, expresso with dessert, cheese, beans… I think that's everything…

  20. Sweet potatoes and yams are not the same thing…I should know, we cook them every year at CANADIAN THANKSGIVING! Woooooot! Oh Canada doot doo doot doo…

  21. Its pronounced newfin-land with accent on the land, not new-fin-lind!!! such a common mistake that people who don't live here probably won't pick up on haha sorry pet peeve

  22. You forgot apple sauce,ย  In my family nothing is loved more then our traditional home made apple sauce.

  23. So now I'm really wondering, if I move to Canada will everyone be as nice as they seem on the internet? I can pick up accents really well if I'm around them if that helps, though I would also like to know if everyone in Canada has the same accent too!

  24. I'm Canadian, and I didn't even knew that… But in Quebec, we don't really celebrate Thanksgiving. A lot of families will still take the opportunity to get together since we have a day off work, but that's pretty much it.

  25. Pumpkins were rare when I moved to Sweden. You can infact make pie out of butternut. It is not all that different.

  26. Similar but not the same. Also Brussels sprouts with sauce.
    Our yams and sweet potato dishes are a lot less… marshmallowy.
    And Canadian Pumpkin pie is a different flavour than American. It's a lot spicier.
    Stuffing is different too.
    Also ham, we love our ham.
    Of course there are all sorts of regional treats.

  27. Not all United Empire Loyalists moved up to Canada because they wanted to remain loyal to the monarchy. Many wanted more freedom from the king but wanted to separate in a more peaceful manner. The loyalists were also threatened for not joining the revolution and many lost their land and lives. I should know since my family were Loyalists

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