February 15th 1965: The current Canadian flag is adopted


The old Canadian Red Ensign flag

On this day in 1965, the red and white maple leaf design is adopted as the official flag of Canada. It replaced the old Canadian Red Ensign banner, thus removing the Union flag from Canada’s flag.


Committee deciding on new flag design

The maple leaf design by George F.G Stanley and John Matheson was selected as the best design for the new flag. It was first used on this day in 1965, and the date is celebrated as National Flag of Canada Day. At the moment, the Canadian flag has been seen frequently by thousands around the world on the podiums of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Canada has claimed a total of eleven medals, including four golds, five silvers and two bronzes; they are currently ranked third in the gold medals tally.


The Canadian flag