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Warm up your ovens, because today is Thanksgiving!

We’re not early: we’re just on Canada’s clock. While the second Monday of October marks Indigenous Peoples Day in the U.S., for our neighbors to the north, it is Thanksgiving. 

In light of these 2 holidays, we would like to take a moment to not only give thanks with good food, but also reflect on how Thanksgiving came to be. 

The History of Thanksgiving

Despite Thanksgiving being a popular U.S. holiday, the pilgrims were not the first to celebrate. Rather,  “Indigenous peoples in Canada have a history of celebrating the fall harvest that predates the arrival of European settlers” (Canadian Encyclopedia).

“October is traditionally when some of our communities would plant the “Three Sisters” (corn, beans, & squash) for next year’s bounty,” explains Dawn Tabobondung, the CEO of First Nation Growers.

Dawn continues, “Many tribes would hold large harvest Pow Wows as a final opportunity to be together before hunkering down for the long winter, a chance for storytelling and passing down our oral tradition.”

If you choose to celebrate the fall harvest today, think about the history of the holiday. Here are some articles to help you do so, from Smithsonian Magazine and Further, support Indigenous Authors with #NativeReads: Great Books from Indigenous Communities.

A Canadian Thanksgiving Menu

Without further ado, let’s get cooking. Enjoy these specialty Canadian Thanksgiving dishes, concocted by a couple of our favorite female chefs in the Great North! 🍁


Hot Buttered Rum 
from Jessica in Alberta

Complement your meal with a cozy cocktail.
Click here for the recipe!

Cherry Red Wine Slushy 
from Jacqueline in British Columbia

With all that heat in the kitchen, this is sure to help you cool off.
Click here for the recipe!


Maple & Pancetta Roasted Brussels Sprouts
from Jennifer in Toronto

Sweeten up your sprouts with some maple.
Click here for the recipe!

Vegetarian Mushroom Stuffing Cups 
from Tara in Alberta

Stuffing, but make it bite-sized. 
Click here for the recipe!

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese 
from Taylor in Toronto

Add a fall twist to a cheesy classic.
Click here for the recipe!

Main Courses

Cider Glazed Turkey 
from Aimee in Toronto

Celebrate Thanksgiving with a Canadian turkey.
Click here for the recipe!

Jigg’s Dinner 
from Bonita in Newfoundland

Dine like Sir Martin Frobisher in 1578.
Click here for the recipe!

Thanksgiving Pierogies 
from Julie in Calgary

Filled with mashed potatoes, turkey, and gravy. 
Click here for the recipe!


Sauce & Soup

Peach and Dried Cranberry Chutney 
from Thas in Ontario

A sweet, sour, spicy addition to any meal.
Click here for the recipe!

Vegan Gravy
from Deryn in Vancouver

It’s also oil, sugar, and gluten free.
Click here for the recipe!


Butter Tarts 
From Lily in Ontario

Enjoy a Canadian classic this Thanksgiving.
Click here for the recipe!

Maple Pumpkin Spice Pie
From Aimée in Montréal

The ultimate fall dessert with a Canadian twist. 
Click here for the recipe!

Chocolate Pecan Pie 
from Louisa in Toronto

Because what’s dessert without some chocolate? Click here for the recipe!



Curried Turkey Pie 
from Debjani in Newfoundland

Add some spice to your leftovers. 
Click here for the recipe!

Zuppe Di Pane 
from Lisetta in Toronto

Don’t let your leftover rolls go to waste. 
Click here for the recipe!