Symbols of Canada

When you think about Canada, what sorts of images come to mind? Red-coated mounties? The maple leaf? Weird animals like beavers and black-headed geese?

Like most nation-states, Canada has cultivated a bunch of patriotic national symbols over the years, some of which are now little more than cornball cliches associated with tacky tourist traps, while others remain genuine symbols of pan-Canadian pride. One interesting theme of modern Canadian history has been the steady move away from some of the more “nature-y” symbols of traditional Canada, such as wildlife, trees and the Arctic, and towards more politicized, abstract concepts like universal health care and multiculturalism.