"O, Maple tree! O, Maple tree! O, thou'rt a pride and joy to me; Of all trees of the forest green There's none compares with thee, I ween; Long may you stand, so green and grand, Pride and joy of our happy land." ~ The Maple Tree, Alexander McLachlan (1818-1896)
The maple is Canada’s official national and arboreal emblem. There are more than 100 different species of maple around the world, 10 of which are native to Canada: Sugar, Red, Black, Silver, Big Leaf, Mountain, Striped, Douglas, Vine, and Manitoba. Maple Leaves Forever! 🍁🍁🍁 🇨🇦
The Maple Leaf Tartan was created in 1964 by David Weiser in anticipation of the 100th anniversary of Confederation in 1967.
In 2011, the tartan which had been an unofficial national tartan for many years, was declared an official symbol of Canada.
"The Maple Leaf Tartan has been worn proudly and enjoyed by Canadians for decades, but has never been elevated to the level of an official symbol - until now. Our national symbols express our identity and define our history. The Maple Leaf Tartan represents the contributions that the more than four million Canadians of Scottish heritage continue to make to our country,"said the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
"The tartan is one of the most visual expressions of Scottish heritage and culture," said the Honourable John Wallace, Senator (New Brunswick). "Making the Maple Leaf Tartan an official symbol of Canada highlights the many significant contributions that people of Scottish heritage have made to the founding of Canada."
The Second Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment Pipes and Drums has adopted the Maple Leaf Tartan, and National Defence Headquarters has approved it for issue for Canadian Forces pipers and drummers who do not have a specific regimental affiliation. It was also featured in costumes worn during the closing ceremonies of the previous Winter Olympics.
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Happy Canada Day!