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This bright red flag is a variation of the 1682 British Royal Navy’s Red Ensign. It flew when the Hudson’s Bay Company held its 250th-anniversary parade at Lower Fort Garry, Manitoba, on May 2, 1920.
The pageant commemorated the gift of exclusive trading rights in the Hudson Bay drainage basin by Charles II in 1670. This endowment gave HBC a land base that was six times the size of Alberta.
Canada’s History Archive, featuring The Beaver, is now available for your browsing and searching pleasure!