Anthems and symbols of Canada
Whether hearing the opening chords of “O Canada” or glimpsing a maple leaf, certain sounds and images convey a distinct association with our country. Learn about the melodies, objects and flags that have become – through traditional usage or public perception – the symbols by which Canadians identify themselves.
- Anthems of Canada
- Official symbols of Canada
- Rules for flying the National Flag
- National Flag of Canada half-masting notices
- The maple leaf
- Creation of the Flag
- About National Flag etiquette
- Rules for half-masting the National Flag of Canada
- First Canadian flags
- About provincial and territorial symbols
Services and information
Listen to English, French, bilingual and instrumental recordings of our national anthem, “O Canada,” and read about the musicians and poets behind the song and its lyrics.
Learn about the arms, flags and other national, provincial and territorial symbols that are unique to each region of Canada and tell the story of our country and its people.
Find information on the history and elements of the National Flag of Canada, as well as the proper etiquette for its placement and flying in various situations.
Discover the flags that make up our past – those used by the Government of Canada or its colonial predecessors in New France and British North America.
View the unique provincial and territorial flags of Canada's Francophone community, which is a vital part of our Canadian identity.
See the distinctive design of the Commonwealth flag and read a brief history of this large, intergovernmental organization.
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