A recap of our time spent celebrating Thanksgiving in Canada, camping at The Pinery on Lake Huron.
As mentioned in Monday’s post, I celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada last weekend camping in Ontario with some of my family and what I like to call my “Canadian family”, AKA the people we go camping with every summer up on the Georgian Bay. But truly they’re like our extended family. Growing up I saw them almost as much as my own extended family. Sometimes they’d spend Labor Day weekend with us, or our Thanksgiving in November–gotta take advantage of those Black Friday deals, ya know. And we’d travel to their place for a big New Year’s Eve party. I even went to a summer camp up north in Ontario (Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da anyone?) a couple years in a row.
I remember in high school my friends would always ask me “Why do you go to Canada so much? Are you Canadian?” I mean, no I’m not technically Canadian… but I still like to call myself “part Canadian”. My grandpa’s mother was born there, does that count? Hmmm…
Anyways, it’s been about five years since I’ve been able to join in on the fun that is Thanksgiving in Canada, so being able to get together with some of my favorite people I was especially thankful for.
We camped at Pinery Provincial Park on Lake Huron, which is only about an hour drive once you cross the Canadian border at Port Huron, MI. Compared to the eight hours we’re used to traveling for our annual camping trip, this trip feels like a breeze.
Thanksgiving in Canada at The Pinery
We arrived into the Riverside campground Saturday morning and hung out just chatting a little until it was time to start gathering for dinner.
There was about 30 of us total, so lots and lots of yummy food 😀
I made my Kale & Romaine Cranberry Almond Salad and it was a big hit. The dressing is truly the star of the show, I can’t recommend this salad enough! It’s my go-to for big gatherings. And so easy.
After everyone so kindly let me hold up dinner to get pictures, it was time to dig in.
And this is what our dinner table looked like!
Then we cleaned up and let our full bellies settle for awhile before getting ready for dessert.
From right to left:
- Chocolate Bourbon Bundt Cake
- Salted Dark Chocolate Almond Cookies
- Pumpkin Bread
- Saltine Cracker Chocolate Bark
From right to left:
- Butter Tarts (a traditional Canadian dessert)
- Gingersnap Cookies
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares
Being able to celebrate one of two Thanksgivings has me feeling extra thankful this year.
The year of 2016 has been quite interesting… Between a move and figuring out life back in my home state, I couldn’t be more thankful for Drew, our families, friends, and of course you guys, my readers. Honestly, I wouldn’t be able to do this without you. So THANK YOU so so SO very much <3
The beach is a bit of a hike from where we were staying in Riverside, so I made sure we stopped by the beach on our way out.
It was super windy the day we left on Sunday afternoon. I could not imagine swimming in that this time of year!
Have you been camping in October?
Do any of you living in the US celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada?