Heraldry Today

Canada

Ottawa, Ontario
Registration of the National Flag of Canada
March 15, 2005
Vol. IV, p. 460

National Flag of Canada

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Blazon

Flag

Gules on a Canadian pale Argent a maple leaf Gules;


Symbolism

Flag

Red and white were approved as Canada's official colours in the proclamation of the royal arms of Canada in 1921 by King George V. According to many historians, the maple leaf began to serve as a Canadian symbol as early as 1700.