Thanksgiving (French: Action de grâce), or Thanksgiving Day is sometimes called Canadian Thanksgiving to distinguish it from the American holiday of the same name, is an annual holiday in Canada that happens on the second Monday in October, which celebrates the harvest and hard work from the season. It has officially been as an annual holiday in Canada since November 6, 1879.
On January 31, 1957, the Governor General of CanadaVincent Massey issued a proclamation stating: “A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed – to be observed on the second Monday in October.”
Here in Whistler, this now secular ( non-religious ) holiday, brings together many of the people from all over the world, who have settled here in Canada. From athletes visiting for events, artists, and many who are just living here working on a 2-year work permit many, get together to just share some time over good food. This is often called an orphans’ dinner, for those creating a new family from friends, looking to find ways to be thankful and share in this tradition. Turkey, and sometimes “Tofurkey” for a the vegetarians, is often the traditional meal but there are many variations with the goal of sharing a meal with friends. The idea of turkey is a valued tradition before the start of the ski season that even has the biggest sale of the season named after it!
The two other main events other than the dinner in Whistler are the epic ski equipment sale, called the Turkey Sale, and the Turkey Trot around Lost Lake which precedes the meal, which leaves everyone chatting about their new equipment and goals for the season, it is an event that brings many people in the resort together often a new tradition for many!
Our chefs have put a wonderful menu for you no matter where you are from, and hope you find good company to share it with.