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6 Things You May Not Know About The Canadian Flag

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O’ Canada!

February 15th marks the anniversary of the Canadian Flag.

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6 Things You May Not Know About Canada’s Flag

  •  In 1921, King George V announced Canada’s official colours as red and white.
  • The Maple Leaf flag is also referred to as L’Unifolie, meaning “the one-leafed” in French.
  • Prime Minister Lester B Pearson first brought up the idea for a new flag in 1964. Therefore, they started looking for designs.
  • In 1964, Professor Dr. George Stanley suggested the red and white maple leaf design because it could be seen from a distance. His idea was chosen after over 5,000 designs were submitted.
  • On February 15th 1965, the flag was officially raised on Parliament Hill.
  • The Canadian flag also made its way to the highest point in the world when Laurie Skreslet took it on a trek to Mount Everest in 1982.

In honour of National Flag of Canada Day, there will also be a flag raising ceremony at the highest point in the city. Visit the Bloedel Conservatory to watch the flag being raised and take part in all the festivities.

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