Ceremonial Folding of the National Flag of Canada

The official process to fold the Canadian flag.

Fold 1

  1. On the words of command “Prepare to fold – fold,” persons 1 and 7 slide their left hand along the outer edge of the flag to grasp the corner.
  2. Persons 1 and 7 then shift their standing position to grip the centre outer edge of the flag with their right hand.
  3. Persons 1, 3, 5 and 7 pass the edges under to their facing colleagues, folding the flag in half lengthwise.

Fold 2

  1. On the words of command “Prepare to fold – fold,” repeat steps 1 through 3 from Fold 1.
  2. The flag is now quartered.
    Note: The tip of the maple leaf must be facing up like in the image below.

Fold 3

  1. On the words of command “Prepare to fold – fold,” persons 7 and 8 bring their end forward in an upward motion and pass it to persons 5 and 6. This fold is done over the hands of the others.
  2. Persons 7 and 8 stand at attention in their original position.
  3. Persons 3, 4, 5 and 6 guide the fold and ensure the flag remains taut.
  4. Persons 5 and 6 step back and remain at attention in their original position.

Fold 4

  1. The head casket bearer ensures the flag is held taut by sliding both hands along the edges.
  2. On the words of command “Prepare to fold – fold,” persons 3 and 4 fold the flag over top while holding it taut.
  3. Persons 3 and 4 stand at attention in their original position.

Fold 5

  1. On the words of command “Prepare to fold – fold,” persons 1 and 2 fold the flag under while holding it taut.

Fold 6

  1. On the words of command “Prepare to fold – fold,” persons 1 and 2 fold the flag over top one last time, resulting in its final form. It is now ready for presentation.
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