Monday, February 15, 2016

National Flag of Canada Day

Fifty-one years ago today – on 15 February 1965 – Canada’s national flag made its first appearance on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Before this date, the Canadian Red Ensign represented our country.

Flag of Canada 1965
“First raising of the new Canadian Flag, Centre Block, Parliament Buildings [15 February 1965]”. [1]

Today is also the 20th anniversary of our country’s observance of National Flag of Canada Day. Although not a statutory holiday, Flag Day is celebrated across Canada since 1996. 
We are “invited to celebrate this important symbol of our Canadian identity” through activities such as sharing a photo or a video on social media of ourselves with the flag.

National Flag of Canada Day poster

Show your pride in our flag and join in the celebration! For more information, see National Flag of Canada Day.


My husband and I drove around town this afternoon looking for buildings that flew the Flag of Canada and found over a dozen locations. Unfortunately, it was raining and there wasn't much of a breeze. The flag at the local art gallery was fluttering just long enough for us to take our photo; here it is:

Michael and Yvonne with the Flag of Canada


1. Duncan Cameron/Duncan Cameron/PA-168019, Library and Archives Canada ( : accessed 13 February 2016).

2. Government of Canada ( : accessed 13 February 2016), “National Flag Day of Canada” poster.

Copyright © 2016, Yvonne Demoskoff.

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