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Do you want to hang four or more flags up at the cottage? Take a look at how one of our customers came up with a way to do just that.

March Break Visitors At Our Factory In Barrie


March Break Visitors came to our Factory, to see how Flags are Made.  Thanks Grandma June for bringing her three wonderful budding Vexillologist grandson’s.  Take a look at the homemade Flag Thank You letter that Cecilia is holding. Come back and visit any time, guys!!

Listen to Cecilia Burke’s Interview on Rock 95 About The Red Ensign

It’s called a Red Ensign, but a lot of people would be hard-pressed to tell you what it is, especially if they were born after 1965. Cecilia Burke of The Original Flag Store will be helping to raise a Red Ensign flag outside of Innisfil Town Hall this morning to mark Heritage Week. She says it predates our red and white Maple Leaf flag and was often flown alongside the Union Jack, which had ‘official’ flag status prior to 1965, “However, Canada wanted to make that they had a flag that depicted some of the provincial symbols, so that’s why the Red Ensign was raised and designed.” It features a Union Jack in one corner, as well as a Coat of Arms. There’s also a Blue Ensign, which was for use at sea. Burke says if you flew it on land, you were fined $2000 or spent 21 days in jail.

For more on the Red Ensign, flags in general and how to properly dispose of a flag that’s tattered and torn, listen to our full interview with Cecilia Burke.

Open link below and then scroll down to the bottom and click on…  What’s A Red Ensign?’s-a-red-ensign

Barrie’s Olympians Are Thrilled By Signed Banner!


Barrie’s Mtichell Islam and Midhurst’s Alexandra Paul were thrilled to receive a banner of support filled with inspiring messages and well wishes.

The banner was created through a partnership between the Barrie Advance, The Original Flag Store and the City of Barrie and signed by hundreds of Barrie residents.

Islam and Paul are competing in the ice dance event.

Show your support for Barrie’s Olympians!


Paul Burke, left, and his sister Cecilia Burke, owners of The Original Flag Store on Saunders Road, were the first to sign a banner wishing Barrie’s Olympians all the best. Skaters Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam are off to Sochi. stan howe photo

The Original Flag Store, City of Barrie and Barrie Advance have teamed up to cheer on Barrie’s Olympians with the creation of a special banner.  The 3′ x 20′  Banner, which will be available for the public to sign until Jan. 30, will be sent to our athletes at the Games.

See full article in the Barrie Advance by clicking the link below.


Fall Flags Are Flying High On This Beautiful Day!


This Fall Flag is flying outside our Head Office & Factory in Barrie, Ontario. It is a beautiful fall day, enjoy!

It’s A Team Effort With A Giant 30′ x 60′ Canada Flag!

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Folding a Giant 30′ x 60′ Canada Flag is a team effort! We all get a kick out of seeing our work on such a grand scale!

Giant 30′ x 60′ Canada Flag Being Made Today in Our Factory in Barrie!

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There is always an excitement in the air when our production team is working on a Giant Flag! This one is almost done, all 1,800 feet of fabric will be displayed proudly very soon in the City Of Hamilton. Be sure and keep an eye out for this flag although at that size it shouldn’t be hard to miss!

Spring Is In Full Bloom At The Flag Store Head Office!


Our spring tulips at our Barrie Head Office are showing their true colours again this year! What a wonderful time of the year this is!

Our booth at the 2013 National BIA Conference


The 2013 BIA National Conference held in Toronto this year was a great success attacking the highest attendance record ever of over 300 BIA’s. There were many highlights including The Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne and Keynote Speaker, Ian Troop, CEO, TO2015, Toronto2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

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