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Beyond The Turkey: Traditional Canadian Thanksgiving Dishes From Coast To Coast


True Canadians know that Canadian cuisine is so much more than poutine and beavertails (the fried dough kind, we’re not monsters). With Canadian Thanksgiving happening this weekend, delicious harvest food is on everyone’s mind. And while turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes will likely be on the majority of our dinner tables, there are some other not so traditional dishes that will make the cut in certain regions. Here’s our roundup (with recipes!) of different Canadian Thanksgiving dishes from coast to coast.



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Jiggs’ Dinner

Also known as “boiled” or “Sunday” dinner, Jiggs’ dinner is a traditional Newfoundland meal that contains salt beef, turnips, cabbage, potatoes, carrots and peas pudding. Want to eat like a Newfoundlander this holiday season? Get the recipe here.


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Cantwell Family Sunday Dinner

The Cantwell family was famous for tending to the Cape Spear Lighthouse on Canada’s easternmost edge of land. This hearty dinner, made with salt beef, pork roast, turnips and parsnips, comes from Gerry Cantwell, whose mother made it during his childhood in the lighthouse. Get the recipe here.

Prince Edward Island


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Lobster Mashed Potatoes

Combine two of PEI’s most famous ingredients, potatoes and lobster, and the result is this delectable side dish sure to amp up your Thanksgiving meal. Get the recipe here.

Nova Scotia


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Nova Scotian Hodge Podge

A fall favourite among Nova Scotians, traditional Nova Scotian Hodge Podge is a creamy vegetable stew that will warm the bellies of all of your dinner guests. Find the recipe here.



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This traditional Québécois meat pie is usually made with ground pork and seasoned with cinnamon and cloves. Impress all of your dinner guests with this French-Canadian classic! Find the recipe here.



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Saskatoon Berry Pie

Although these berries blossom in May, smart Saskatoon locals know to freeze some away for Holiday use. Having anyone over from the Prairies this Thanksgiving? Impress them with this dessert! Get the recipe here.



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Metis Bannock

A traditional First Nations food, bannock can be served in many different forms. Whatever way you choose, it’s going to be delicious! Get the recipe here.



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Sourdough Bread

Sourdough is so popular in The Yukon that they have an entire festival for it! Get the traditional recipe here.



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Caribou Stew

Caribou is a very popular meat in Nunavut, and this stew is a very popular dish! If you can’t get your hands on caribou, try this dish with another gamey meat. Find the recipe here.

British Columbia


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Pumpkin Nanaimo Bars

Who doesn’t love a nanaimo bar? Named after it’s birthplace of Nanaimo, BC, these delectable squares make for the perfect dessert. Make some specifically for the season with these Dark Chocolate Pumpkin nanaimo bars!


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