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New Brunswick Flag Flies for 50 // 3 Facts, 3 Fake Facts


1 | Fact. The lion displays NB’s ties to Germany — since that’s where the province’s name comes from. The Duchy of Brunswick (“Territory of Brunswick”) was in possession of King George III when NB became official in 1784. Conveniently, the lion also references England; both coats of arms contain lions.

2 | Fact. NB has a longstanding history of building ships, stretching back even beyond the colony’s official foundation in 1784.

3 | Fake fact. It’s a Lymphad. And it’s Scottish. A Lymphad is a long, single-masted ship, with three flags and a basket, propelled by oars.

4 | Fact. After Canada developed its national flag in 1965, Ottawa suggested NB needed its own. A few days later, with Premier Louis J. Robichaud out of town, assistant Robert Pichette quickly based the NB flag on the province’s Armorial Bearings to avoid a row with the opposition (who wanted to make it super British).

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Top o’ the morning, Red Ensign.

5 | Fake fact. It only cost $150 (about $1,100 today) to get that flag going. Pichette did his homework and then had a friend paint a mock-up.

6 | Fake fact. 25% have flag curtains? Likely not. Although it feels like truth…

New Brunswick’s Armorial Bearings as of 1984. Salmon, deer, fiddleheads, purple violets… The only awesome NB thing missing here is Donald Sutherland.