Today is Thanksgiving in Canada. As we are to the north in North America, our harvests are generally earlier, so maybe that’s why we have an October Thanksgiving.
Yesterday we had our family dinner — only the four of us, but we still do the whole shebang. Of course I forgot to take a picture, so my table from two years ago will have to do the job. Almost the same, except that I did the Brussels sprouts with garlic and pancetta — a little salty, but tasty.
The first Thanksgiving in Canada was apparently held in 1578 by the explorer Martin Frobisher who was looking for the Northwest Passage. He held the feast to celebrate his crew’s safe arrival in the New World.
Singing of a different explorer looking for the Northwest Passage, here is Canadian singer-songwriter Stan Rogers with his song, “Northwest Passage”.
Rogers died tragically at the age of 33 in 1983 while returning from a folk festival. The plane made an emergencty landing when smoke was detected. During evacuation, the rush of oxygen into the plane caused a flash fire killing the 23 passengers still aboard. Aviation regulations were changed as a result, with “new requirements to install smoke detectors in lavatories, strip lights marking paths to exit doors, and increased firefighting training and equipment for crew became standard across the industry, while regulations regarding evacuation were also updated” so that all aircraft could be evacuated within 90 seconds. (Widepedia – Air Canada Flight 797)
And Stan Rogers left us with a legacy of music, which his brother and son carry on to this day.
Happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating.