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10 things you may not know about Canada’s flag

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Every year on February 15th we celebrate our Canadian flag! Do you know how old our flag is? Who designed it and why? Read on to find out these and other cool facts about the red and white maple leaf of our true north strong and free.

The flag is known as the Maple Leaf or l'Unifolie which means single-leafed in French

We got the Maple Leaf after Lester B Pearson decided to ask for a new design in 1964

There were over 5,000 designs submitted before they chose George Stanley's

The Maple Leaf was made the official flag of Canada on February 15 1965

The Canadian Red Ensign was the unofficial flag of Canada until the Maple Leaf was picked in 1965

The dimensions of our flag are twice as long as wide and no other flag has these dimensions

King George V declared red and white the official colours of Canada in 1921

Want a flag from Parliament? There's a 50 year wait.

The first Canadian flag up in space went with astronaut Marc Garneau

In 1982, the Canadian flag went to Mount Everest