Facts About the Canadian Flag

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    Appearance

    • The Canadian flag is red with a white square in the middle. There is a red maple leaf inside the white square.

    Symbolism of the Maple Leaf

    • Prior to the maple leaf, Canadians used the beaver as their emblem. However, in 1860 the Canadians decided to use a maple leaf as their emblem when preparing for a visit from the Prince of Wales.

    Significance Maple Leaf Points

    • The maple leaf on the Canadian flag has 11 points, but these points do not represent anything in particular.

    Colors

    • Red and white were sanctioned as the official colors of Canada in 1921 by King George V.

    Pledge

    • Currently, a pledge to the Canadian flag does not exist.

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