Thanksgiving

1879 - present day
Sir Martin Frobisher by Cornelius Ketel. Source: Bodleian Library, Oxford.Pinterest
Sir Martin Frobisher by Cornelius Ketel. Source: Bodleian Library, Oxford.

It was under the leadership of Sir John A. Macdonald's government that Thanksgiving was first given official recognition in 1879. At that time a date in November was chosen for Thanksgiving. A later Canadian government, in the 20th century, moved Thanksgiving to October. Thanksgiving, however, was not new to Canada. The first recorded Thanksgiving celebration in Canada was celebrated in Newfoundland in 1578 when Sir Martin Frobisher and his 15-vessel expedition returned safely from an attempt to find a Northwest Passage.