British Columbia

Obscure Vancouver Island flag finds new life

An obscure Vancouver Island flag is back in the spotlight thanks to two Victoria brothers who have it swaying above their business overlooking the highway.

Flag is based on the crest of the colony of Vancouver Island

The Vancouver Island flag was approved by Queen Victoria in 1865, but remained relatively unknown until a Victoria resident asked The Flag shop to make a copy in 1988. (Wikipedia)

An obscure Vancouver Island flag is back in the spotlight thanks to two Victoria brothers who have it swaying above their business overlooking the highway.

The flag was originally approved by Queen Victoria in 1865, when colonies were given permission to put their crest on a a blue flag. The crest features a trident, caduceus, pine cone and beaver.

However Vancouver Island merged with the colony of British Columbia one year later and according to historians, the flag was never made.

More than 100 years later, Victoria Resident Michael Halleran used elements from Vancouver Island's 1849 crest and asked the Flag Shop to make a version of the flag.  

Paul Servos, owner of the Flag shop, says the flag is popular with Island residents and has even shipped some to as far away as Halifax.

"The RV community tend to use them in the parks because they are unique and people ask about them," said Servos.


To listen to the full interview, listen to the audio labelled Vancouver Island flag

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