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We humble Canucks are, on the whole, a pretty patriotic people. It doesn’t take much to send that maple syrup coursing through our veins: Tim Hortons coffee. The game of hockey. Heck, we’re even proud of our beavers and bears. But there’s one thing guaranteed to make any Canadian’s heart swell with pride: our flag. A perfect red maple leaf set against a white background, flanked by two red stripes. Simple, yet strong.

But have you ever wondered how our beloved flag came to be? Although the design seems obvious today, you might be surprised to know it took 40 years to perfect. In fact, it almost looked completely different.

Find out what our national symbol almost was and how we finally agreed upon the flag we know and love today in the video, above.

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