It was after an impossible winter at Ste. Croix Island where many of the first French settlers in North America died of scurvy that the French fur trading colony relocated across the Baie Française (Bay of Fundy), settling the following year in a location they named Port-Royal.
At the time it was believed that “land sickness” (now known as scurvy) was caused by idleness, so Champlain organized the Order to include not just food, but also entertainment. The first meeting, which took place on November 14, 1606, included a theatrical performance called “Le Theatre de Neptune en la Nouvelle-France”. The play told the story of sailors travelling to the New World, only to encounter Neptune, god of the sea on the way.
Source: Order of Good Cheer – Wikipedia