The Maple leaf has long been the symbol of Canada, some say as early as 1700. Long before the arrival of the first European settlers, the aboriginal people had discovered the benefits, and wonderful taste, of the sap of the Maple tree.
Throughout Canada’s history, the Maple leaf has been incorporated into emblems and badges, and sung about in national anthems.
Between 1876 and 1901 this leaf appeared on all national coins and still today it appears on the one cent peice.
Then on February 15, 1965, the red maple leaf flag was inaugurated as the National Flag of Canada.
This symbol is important to our family as one of my sons married a lovely Canadian girl; they have a daughter of 7 months and are planning to emigrate later this year.