Happy Discovery Day, Newfoundland

Yesterday was the Discovery Day holiday for 2016 in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, marking the (possible) discovery of Newfoundland by John Cabot on 24 June 1497. (It’s not clear where Cabot actually landed, whether on Newfoundland or the North American mainland, though in 1997 Canada and the UK decreed that it was Cape […]

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

The province of New Brunswick has a fine heraldic flag, depicting a ship (a three-flagged, single-masted, oared galley called a  lymphad, as traditional in Scottish heraldry) beneath a  fantastically elongated golden lion passant (a symbol of the Canadian monarchy, and of German Brunswick) . What’s wrong with this picture? You might point out that lymphads have never been used in […]

New Brunswick’s flag turns 50

Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the flag of the Canadian province of New Brunswick. Is it a coincidence that both this flag and the Maple Leaf flag of Canada both celebrated 50 year anniversaries this February? As explained by Alistair B. Fraser in his book Flags of Canada, it most certainly is not! In the […]