February 15th marks the anniversary of the Canadian Flag.
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.