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The First Thanksgiving in North America

It has become common knowledge that the first Thanksgiving in North America was held by Sir Martin Frobisher and his crew in Newfoundland in 1578. There are those — mainly Americans upset by the thought of having their holiday co-opted — who argue that it wasn't a “real”” Thanksgiving. I would counter that Frobisher had reason to give thanks, and that giving thanks was an important aspect of Elizabethan society, so it would have been a natural thing for him and his men to do.

Canada's First Railway

“Canadian writers get as excited about trains as French writers do about sex,” wrote Silver Donald Cameron. No wonder, since the country owes its very existence to the railway.

Canada's First English Settlement

"Thomas Willoughby, thou art a ne'er-do-well! Get thee to Cupers Cove and reform thyself." Young Willoughby, 19, may not have heard exactly those words, but he was sent to Cupers Cove, Newfoundland in 1612 to 'reform himself.

Silver Dart: Dawn of Flight in Canada

McCurdy had dubbed the machine “Silver” for the coating on its wings and “Dart” just because it seemed obvious. Someone cracked the propeller and McCurdy signaled to the crowd to get out of the way.

Toronto Feature: Budapest Park

This text is from the free Toronto in Time app, which was created by The Canadian Encyclopedia and is available from the App Store and the Google Play store. Visit its companion website, which is linked below, to explore all the features of the app online.

Alikomiak and Tàtimagana

Alikomiak and Tàtimagana, Inuit hunters from the central Arctic, were the first Inuit to be condemned and executed (1 Feb 1924) under Canadian law.