Happy 50th birthday to the National Flag of Canada today. Huge undertaking to ratify the maple leaf. Took almost no effort to make up two fake facts, however.

Just how much do you really know the National Flag of Canada?

National Flag of Canada Turns 50 // 5 Facts, 2 Fake Facts

1 | The current flag is the only official one in Canada’s 148-year history.

2 | To kick off Canada’s “next top flag” hunt in 1964, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson said, “Guys, I got thissss,” and whipped out the “Pearson Pennant.” He pushed his three-headed maple leaf hard but it ended up the runner-up to the solo leaf.

pearson pennant

It would take a whole grade in elementary school to draw this correctly. (Wikipedia)


3 | The Canadian public was welcome to submit their own schemes. The special flag committee received thousands of designs, including a beaver rowing a canoe with a hockey stick, and a moose wearing a toque drinking maple syrup.

4 | The largest National Flag of Canada ever created was almost 40 by 80 metres, which made it too large to fly on any flagpole.

5 | At a 1992 World Series game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Atlanta Braves, the U.S. Marines Corps displayed the Canada flag upside down.

6 | When flags flown on Parliament Hill reach retirement, they get burned in a ceremonial pit out back of the Peace Tower.

7 | Someone went and stuck the Canada flag on top of Mount Everest.

The 2025 redesign: Minecraft. (Planet Minecraft)

Written by Peter Cullen

Peter Cullen loves to teach children. He specializes in literacy (elementary level) and has a lot of fun creating games and activities for class lessons. He also writes, manages social media accounts and announces roller derby games.

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Jamie Blanchard

Experienced Fact: Canadian Beavers and Cubs were taught in the early 80s that it is a federal offense to burn money or flags as this would be considered defacing The Queen’s property.


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