O Canada: Three Quick and Fun Facts

by Jayme Nelson

While our corporate office is located in the U.S., we have major love for our Canadian friends. FASTSIGNS® is proud to have 25 franchise locations in Canada. This Sunday, February 15, is Flag of Canada Day and while that may not be exciting to some, we love all kinds of flags and banners.

In honor of  Canada’s Maple Leaf flag celebrating its 50th birthday, we rounded up details on three fascinating facts about our neighboring Canada, including the flag that we found interesting.

1. The Origin of the Iconic Maple Leaf Flag

Canada adopted the current Maple Leaf design as the national flag at the urging of Colonel George Stanley to replace the Canadian Red Ensign, which had been used since 1868. In 1964, Stanley drafted a four-page memorandum on changing the flag, “suggesting that the new flag should be instantly recognizable and simple enough so that school children could draw it.” After the “Great Flag Debate” and a few modifications from graphic artist Jacques Cyr, the new Maple Leaf flag was officially adopted as the flag of Canada in 1964, proclaimed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and took effect on February 15, 1965. 

2. Talent Abounds

While many people think of Canada for its massive green forests and picturesque views, this great country has also turned out a long line of talented personalities. Many of these well-known names have become so engrained within pop culture it is easy to overlook their native origins. The impressive list of famous musicians and celebrities includes the diverse talents that hail from the Great White North including Elizabeth Arden, Monty Hall, Wayne Gretzky, Jim Carrey, William Shatner, Alanis Morissette and Neil Young. For those reading this that may be too young to know who all of these individuals are, check Wikipedia. And you’re welcome.

3. Size Isn’t Everything… Unless You’re Canada

Finally, there is more to this country than her unique flag design and influx of performing talent. Did you know that Canada is the second largest country in the world? At almost 4 million square miles (9.9 million square kilometers) it is second only to Russia in size. However, its population is just one-fifth of Russia’s, giving Canada the fourth lowest population density in the world. Not to be bested by its sheer physical size, Canada also boasts the longest coastline of any country.

There were too many to list here, so if you have any favorite facts about O Canada that you think should have made the list, let us know via Twitter @FASTSIGNS.

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