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Canadian flag bigger than CFL football field on display at Stanley Park

O Canada! A Canadian immigrant behind the flag says his project is the biggest in the world

Largest Canadian flag

Zhong Li's giant Canadian flag is seen in Stanley Park from a float plane. (Cathy Kearney/CBC)


Canadians all across the country are celebrating this Canada Day, but one new Canadian chose to show his love for this country in a unique — and big — way.

Zen Zhong Li wanted to do something to celebrate his new country: so he decided to make what he says is the world's biggest Canadian flag.

"He says there's no better way to report his feelings towards Canada on its 150th anniversary than by making a really big flag," said a translator for Li.

"He has a lot of family, young brothers and sisters in China and they worked for quite a few weeks, 20 people, family and friends who made it for him."

Largest Canadian flag

Zhong Li (center) and Don Davies (fourth from left) stand in front of the giant Canadian flag at Brockton Oval. (Don Davies)

At 140 metres long and 70 metres high, it is bigger than the field at BC Place.

He wanted to put it up on Grouse Mountain for all to see, but that fell through.

So he called his Member of Parliament, Don Davies, who arranged something different.

Davies got in touch with the Park Board, which gave permission to lay out the flag at Brockton Oval in Stanley Park, where it will remain for Canada Day.

"It certainly will make you feel patriotic," Davies said.

Which is exactly what Zhen Zhong Li is hoping for.

"He feels he's received a lot from Canada so he feels it's important to give back," his translator said.

Largest Canadian flag

At 140 metres long and 70 metres high, Zhong Li's flag is bigger than a CFL football field. (Don Davies)

With files from Deborah Goble

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