Canada Day Living Flag


2016 Canada Day Living Flag

Event Information

Once again, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ invites everyone to participate in the annual Canada Day Living Flag event on Canada Day, July 1st. For the sixth-year anniversary of this annual event, and 51st anniversary of the Canadian flag itself, the photo will be returning to Shaw Park, home of the Winnipeg Goldeyes. The photo will be set to the backdrop of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Provencher Bridge, the Esplanade Riel, and The Forks.

Since the inaugural event in 2011, over 18,000 Winnipeggers have assembled downtown dressed in red and white patriotic attire, to create a living Canadian flag. Attracting young and old, Canadians of every heritage, the event’s location at the ballpark offers a great kick-off to Canada Day festivities.

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What: Uphold our title of largest Canada Day Living Flag!

Where: Shaw Park (rain or shine, shelter available; venue is fully accessible)

When: Friday, July 1st, 2016 from 9-11AM

  • 9-10:00: T-shirt distribution (first come, first serve)
  • 10:00: Living Flag formation starts then photo-op
  • Entertainment, kids’ play area, activities and Canada Day swag will be on-site throughout the event

Canada Day Living Flag flyer

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Winnipeg will be competing against Victoria, Calgary, Regina, and Toronto to once again assemble the largest living flag in the nation. Everyone is encouraged to come dressed in red or white in order to take part. The Downtown BIZ will be distributing 2,500 red and white t-shirts, but we’ll need more people than that to break the record – so be sure to wear either red or white!


This year get a head start on the Canada Day Living Flag celebrations by showing us your Living Flag shirt! Get a flyer, use the Winnipeg Sun full page ad, or print off the image below, cut out the shirt, and take a photo of a friend “wearing” the shirt using the hashtag on Instagram or Twitter #LivingFlagContest and be entered to win a downtown family prize pack worth $500!

Contest details: Winner will be chosen by random draw. Entrants Twitter/Instagram accounts must be sent to “Public” to be able to participate in the contest. By entering the contest you agree to have your contest entry image used for promotional proposes for the Canada Day Living Flag. Total value of the prize is estimated at $500, no cash value.

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In 2015 there was an estimated 3,800 people in the 2015 flag, the biggest in all of Canada! You can download the high resolution photo of the 2015 flag here.

Canada Day Living Flag 2015 web res


Credit: / Downtown Winnipeg BIZ

Download a high resolution version of the 2014 photo here.


Ron-Gillfillan-C-1400-V_web 2013Another successful Canada Day Living Flag event in Winnipeg with an estimated 3,500 participants! Thank you to the City of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Fire Paramedics Service for helping with the flag. Also thank you to our dedicated volunteer base that make the event possible.

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Canada Day 2012Winnipeg’s Living Flag is now on a stamp!

Winnipeg’s strong sense of community pride will be forever enshrined in the hearts and minds of Canadians – as the Downtown BIZ’s Canada Day Living Flag photo was selected by Canada Post to be part of the Canadian Pride series that was issued January 14, 2013.


Canada Day 2011