National symbols of Canada are the symbols that are used in Canada and abroad to represent the country and its people. Prominently, the use of the maple leaf as a Canadian symbol dates back to the early 18th century, and is depicted on its current and previous flags, the penny, and on the coat of arms (or royal arms). Other prominent symbols include the national motto "A Mari Usque Ad Mare" (From Sea to Sea), the sports of hockey and lacrosse, the beaver, Canada Goose, Canadian horse, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Rockies, and more recently the totem pole and Inuksuk. With material items such as Canadian beer, maple syrup, tuques, canoes, nanaimo bars, butter tarts and the Quebec dish of poutine being defined as uniquely Canadian. A 2013 Statistics Canada survey found that more than 90% of Canadians believed that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the national flag were the top symbols of Canadian identity. Next highest were the national anthem, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and hockey.
National symbols of Canada...
Flag of British Columbia
Flag of Manitoba
Flag of Quebec
Flag of Nunavut
Flag of Yukon
Coat of arms of Yukon
Flag of Ontario
Flag of Prince Edward Island
Coat of arms of Manitoba
Flag of Alberta
Flag of New Brunswick
Coat of arms of Quebec
Canadian provincial and territorial symbols
Coat of arms of New Brunswick
Coat of arms of British Columbia
Flag of the Northwest Territories
Flag of Newfoundland and Labrador
Coat of arms of Nova Scotia
Coat of arms of the Northwest Territories
Coat of arms of Ontario
Flag of Saskatchewan
Flag of Nova Scotia
Coat of arms of Newfoundland and Labrador
List of Canadian provincial and territorial symbols...
Portraits of George VI and Elizabeth II on display in the Senate foyer of the Parliament of Canada
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wearing the diamond maple leaf brooch
Highway shields in Ontario are typically shaped after St Edward's Crown. The crown is a heraldic device that is used across Canada.
Mace of the legislature of the Northwest Territories. The mace is a symbol of the authority the legislature derives from the monarch.
Photo portrait of the sovereign at the front of a citizenship ceremony. A declaration of fealty to the sovereign forms a part of the Oath of Citizenship.
The Royal Union Flag (left) at Stanley Park in Vancouver. It serves as an official flag in Canada, as a marker of Canada's loyalty to the Crown.
Victoria Day fireworks display from Ontario Place.
Statue of Elizabeth II outside the Saskatchewan Legislative Building
Diamond Jubilee window in the Canadian parliament, featuring Queen Victoria and Elizabeth II. The latter is depicted with the Snowflake Diadem.
Canadian royal symbols...
The flags of Vancouver, Canada, and British Columbia; the Canadian flag takes place of precedence in the centre
The Canadian national flag flying next to a statue of Terry Fox
List of Canadian flags...
Nova Scotia's tartan.
Alberta's dress tartan
The maple leaf tartan.
Tartan of Cape Breton Island.
The tartan of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Regional tartans of Canada...