Pretty universally accepted from about the 1850’s on. “The Maple Leaf Forever” was the unofficial but broadly accepted Canadian anthem. “Oh Canada” was actually only made official in the 1980’s. Partially out of Pierre Trudeau’s efforts to remove British influence, though it had been considered the other unofficial anthem since around 1939.How popular was a maple leaf as a Canadian national symbol in 1941?
Have you ever wondered why a maple leaf was chosen for the National Flag of Canada? Follow this timeline to learn about some of the major moments in the evolution of the maple leaf as a symbol of Canada.