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This article was published 2/7/2009 (2519 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
In honour of Canada Day I thought I’d share a fun fact I just learned about our flag: Canadians can actually get a free Canadian flag that has been flown on Parliament Hill.
Just don’t expect to be able to show it off on Canada Day next year. Or the year after that for that matter.
In fact, if you want a flag that flew on the Peace Tower, and apply today, you could plan to have a patriotic flag raising party in time for Canada Day 2034.
Yep. The wait for a Peace Tower flyer is 25 years. If you’re willing to settle for a flag that flew on East Block or West Block, you’ll shave nine years off your wait and get one in approximately 16 years.
One flag per household. Sent within Canada only. If you move anytime in the next 16 or 25 years you have to make sure Parliament knows your new address.
Oh, and for a Peace Tower flag you will need a 50 foot flag pole to accommodate the giant flag. It measures about 2.3 metres x 4.5 metres. The East and West Block versions will fit on a 30 to 35 foot flag pole. They’re a mere 1.4 metres x 2.7 metres.
You can make your request in writing to:
Public Works and Government Services Canada
Office of the Minister
18A1, Portage III
11 Laurier Street