Stars on Broadway

The West Broadway Business Improvement Association (WBBIA) represents more than 300 businesses and property owners on West Broadway between Collingwood and Larch, in Vancouver, BC.

A BIA is Born –
It was back in 2011, that a group of West Broadway businesses submitted a proposal to municipal council to be designated as a Business Improvement Area (BIA). Through this designation, the business community would agree to join together to bring improvements to the area. All businesses were consulted and a special bylaw was passed. This was the beginning of the WBBIA.

A Star is Born–

(Well, actually, 70+ stars!)

Last month, the WBBIA launched its Stars on Broadway initiative to acknowledge and celebrate business owners who have been serving their community for 20 years or more. Some of The Flag Shop staff were in attendance at a special launch event, and were honoured to be a part of the celebration!

And, there’s a great deal to celebrate with over 70 long-time business owners operating storefronts on West Broadway! The vibrant and diverse neighbourhood is home to many businesses bound together by the WBBIA, to help create the fabric of the community which we enjoy today. With too many to list entirely, here’s a snapshot of WBBIA honourees:

Ace Cycles Since 1946
Founded by Lorne Atkinson, Ace Cycles was born out of a love of cycling. For Lorne, being a celebrated cyclist and talented mechanic, it was a natural fit to take over an existing bike shop on West Broadway and make it his own. He loves the neighbourhood so much he even moved his family there. Says Lorne’s daughter Jan, “We all love the natural beauty and the welcoming neighbourhood.” A real family business, many Ace Cycles customers are not only first-, but second and third generation.

Finn’s On Broadway – Since 1952
For nearly 65 years, Finn’s on Broadway has been fitting men in quality clothing. Though the quality brands they carry have changed and evolved over the past decades, two things have remained: their commitment to quality and to providing excellent service.

The Sunshine Diner – Since 1970
This diner is rich with history, having originally been named Sunshine Cafe back in 1970. Today, “The Sunshine” remains in the heart of Kitsilano in Vancouver, – or what the owners like to call “home sweet home.” Owned by the Pantsios family for over 21 years, they are proud to serve quality ingredients while providing excellent service.

The Toybox – Since 1972
The Toybox has been a Kitsilano landmark for decades. “Kitsilano customers are perfect for the specialty retail business,” says, owner Gary Mussatto. “They tend to care more about the quality of products and less about what’s popular on television.” When the store moved across the street from its original location, it was transformed into a toy factory, complete with conveyor belts, painting and wrapping machines and even a secret tunnel.

Omega Travel Since 1974
Nick Panos opened Omega Travel in the heart of Vancouver’s Greek town in Kitsilano. Initially established to help the members of the Hellenic community travel to Greece to spend the holidays with their families, Omega Travel has evolved over the last 40+ years to become one of Western Canada’s leading travel agencies. Nick is a founding and current Board member of the West Broadway BIA, a co-founder of Greek Day and serves as a long-standing member of the Hellenic Congress of BC.

Bellissima Fashions S ince 1975
Bellissima proudly opened its first location in 1975. Situated on Pender Street in downtown Vancouver, husband and wife team, River and Serena worked hard to grow their small business. Providing fabulous styles ranging from casual wear to formal, and specializing in business casual, customers are sure to find everything they need, from the perfect evening dress to comfortable and stylish outfits for the weekend. Today, Bellissima is still a family run business which has grown from one location, with a staff of four, to 22 stores across Canada, employing over 400. 

Kidsbooks – Since 1983
Phyllis Simon decided to take her love of children’s literature and her librarian’s skills and venture out into the business world. Kidsbooks started small and grew slowly to take on more challenges as the bookstore grew. What remained consistent throughout the decades was the owner’s belief that books have a certain inexplicable magic and that paper books with actual pages would endure, even in view of the technology of today’s world.    

Broadway International Wine Shop Since 1986
Established in 1986, with a limited inventory in a modest space, this shop was one of the first private wine stores in BC, not to mention the first in Kitsilano! “We love the neighbourhood, the people and the history,” says Rosina. “Our customers and long-time neighbours are like family. They have seen us grow up, we’ve all grown up together.” Originally started by their parents, siblings Jason and Rosina Li, with Christopher Reid, continue the family legacy with passion and enthusiasm. They love to collaborate with like-minded businesses to host tastings and events, and share their love of good wine, and good company.

Nat’s Pizza – Since 1992
Owned by Nat and Franco Bastone, Nat’s New York Pizzeria’s thin-crust, Neapolitan-style pizza originated in Nat and Franco’s great-, great-, great- grandmother’s kitchen in Naples, Italy back in the 1900s. In 1991, Nat and Franco traveled to Yonkers in New York to learn the 100-year old family secret behind hand-tossed pizza and the famous sauce. They returned to Vancouver and proudly introduced their family’s thin-crust pizza to Kitsilano in 1992. 

The Stars on Broadway initiative includes new street banners which can be seen adorning the neighbourhood, reflecting the vibrant local personalities who comprise the longest-running WBBIA membership. These beautiful banners were created in partnership with Emily Carr students and local artists from BrainBoost Education. The Flag Shop Vancouver was deeply inspired by the sense of community, the creativity and the commitment to supporting its members – all demonstrated by the WBBIA. The street banners tell the story of the neighbourhood. The story is about the power and impact of local enterprise. It’s about endurance. It’s about the sense of community in the area. The story is about people joining together to make a difference.  And the moral of the story is: “Small businesses matter!”


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The Canadian Club of Vancouver – A Local Mainstay

Canadian Club Vancouver - Celebrating 110 Years

It’s been a great year for The Canadian Club of Vancouver! The Club had its beginnings 110 years ago, in 1906. In the 1920s, The Club was a leader in a local initiative to erect a cenotaph in Victory Square, honouring Canadian war veterans.

Actively pursuing its goals to foster fellowship among people, and encouraging the celebration of the Canadian identity while creating dialogue around matters of national significance, the Canadian Club of Vancouver continues to be a community leader today.

And, though the Club has evolved since its founding, it continues to focus on hosting meaningful events featuring guest speakers who share knowledge, insights and personal pride in Canadian pursuits. The Club is also involved in important citizenship ceremonies for new Canadians, as well as in hosting the BC-Resident Order of Canada Luncheon.

Earlier this month, The Flag Shop President, Susan Braverman, along with her mother Doreen, The Flag Shop founder, together with key corporate staff, were hosted by Raymond Greenwood, President of The Canadian Club of Vancouver.  On December 2, over 100 guests gathered at The Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver, to share an afternoon with the renowned CBC chief correspondent, and lead anchor of The National,
Peter Mansbridge, OC.

Peter Mansbridge

Even in view of his outstanding achievements and accolades in journalism, there is a certain humility about Peter Mansbridge. In the same way that he has been a dinner guest in our homes for decades sharing the evening news, there is a warm familiarity with his signature voice, as well as the manner with which he lets his stories unfold before his audience. We hung on every word. He shared many captivating stories, told with compelling detail, three of which addressed the meaning of being Canadian. He made the audience laugh uproariously – and he made us beam with personal pride in our Canadian heritage.

The event also featured the Henry Hudson Elementary Intermediate Choir, comprised of students ranging from Grades 4 to 7. The young choir sang traditional Christmas carols and, at the start of the event, performed the Canadian National Anthem.

Canadian Club Vancouver

Textile Image Inc. | The Flag Shop is a proud sponsor of The Canadian Club of Vancouver and looks forward to supporting banner events in 2017, including Canada 150 celebrations and the 50th Anniversary celebration of The Order of Canada.

Please visit Canadian Club of Vancouver’s website for membership information and sponsorship opportunities.

In Memory of Whitney Smith, PhD

The Flag Shop is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Whitney Smith, on November 17, taken too soon by Alzheimer’s disease, at the age of 76.

Whitney Smith
(Whitney Smith holding the flag of Guyana, which was based on his design.)

Dr. Smith was the President Emeritus, founder and first president of the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA). He was passionate about the pursuit of knowledge of flags, as well as the advancement of the formal study and analysis of flags, coining the term “vexillology.” Throughout his life, he dedicated himself to the pursuit of all things relating to flags. Whitney was truly the greatest of his time and through the work of NAVA, he gave flags immeasurable significance in today’s culture.

As a small boy, Whitney became obsessed with flags and his enthusiasm only grew with the passage of time. In 1961, Dr. Smith and his colleague Gerhard Grahl co-founded the world’s first journal on the subject of flags: The Flag Bulletin #234, and a year later, in 1962, he established The Flag Research Center, as its director and all The Flag Shop locations across Canada came to rely on him for his knowledge and expertise. Indeed, he became known internationally as the foremost vexillological expert, providing influential knowledge about all aspects of flags.

The Flag Shop President, Susan Braverman recalls first meeting Dr. Smith at the age of 13, and says, “I absolutely loved Whitney!! He was bigger than life with a gentle spirit. Growing up, I remember, as a child that no one knew more about flags than Whitney. He was so passionate about sharing his knowledge and was a dear friend to our Flag Shop family! I will miss him so much!”

Whitney Smith
(Susan Braverman with Whitney and her mother, Doreen, the founder of The Flag Shop.)

Throughout his amazing career, he authored scores of books including Flags through the Ages and Across the World, The Flag Book of the United States and Flag Lore of All Nations. He also wrote more than 250 articles for the Encyclopedia Britannica. It was Whitney’s books that gave a name and deeper significance to what we do. His passion paved the way, sparking interest and dialogue among flag enthusiasts the world over.

Dr. Smith was the designer of flags such as the national flag of Guyana. As Guyana was emerging from British colonial rule, Smith wrote a letter to an independence leader and asked what the new country’s flag was going look like. He learned that a flag had not yet been designed and was asked for ideas. Whitney designed a prototype, depicting a golden arrow-like triangle with an overlapping red triangle against a green background. The flag was adopted, with minor modifications. Dr. Smith learned about the adoption of his flag design six years later, when Guyana gained formal independence.

Before the age of the internet, he was the forefather of the flag movement in North America and internationally. Whitney was known for designing the flag for the Saudi Navy and for advising the Smithsonian Institution about the preservation of the Star-Spangled Banner which flew over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. Dr. Smith also contributed to the design of flags for the islands of Bonaire and Aruba. In his lifetime, his vast collection exceeded 4,000 flags.

The Flag Shop extends deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Whitney Smith. He will be missed by flag buffs, experts and vexillologists around the world.

BC & Alberta Guide Dogs

The Flag Shop is proud to work with organizations supporting vital programs which improve the quality of life for individuals. One such example is the supply of special custom lapel pins, vinyl stickers and retractable banners for events and projects of BC & Alberta Guide Dogs.

BC & Alberta Guide Dogs Custom Lapel Pins
(Custom lapel pins for BC & Alberta Guide Dogs)

The mission of BC & Alberta Guide Dogs is to meet the growing demand for professionally trained Guide Dogs and Autism Support Dogs for citizens of British Columbia and Alberta, while meeting or exceeding industry standards.

BC & Alberta Guide Dogs, is celebrating 20 amazing years of making a difference in the lives of individuals with visual impairments and autism. This past summer, BC & Alberta Guide Dogs held its 20th Anniversary Volunteer Celebration Luncheon at Tsawwassen Springs in Delta, BC. At the event, volunteers were recognized, including over 130 supporters who contributed at least 5 years of service, all the way up to 20 years!

And earlier this month, BC & Alberta Guide Dogs celebrated with the Pacific Autism Family Network in Richmond, BC, who held its Grand Opening event. For additional Information about upcoming events in BC and Alberta, visit the events page.

BC & Alberta Guide Dogs Retractable Banners
(Retractable Banners for BC & Alberta Guide Dogs. Left: 20th Anniversary Volunteer Celebration Luncheon; Right: In partnership with Pacific Autism Family Network)

Quality of life has been immeasurably transformed for countless individuals, such as Sarah and her family.

BC & Alberta Guide Dogs Brady
Sarah was diagnosed with autism at the age of two years. She didn’t like going out in public. The sounds and people were simply too overwhelming for her. Her behaviors made getting through the day a difficult struggle. Everything changed when Sarah met her best friend, protector, companion, therapist, and brother. From the minute Brady walked into our home, he changed our lives forever! Watching the two of them together was amazing!

Of Brady, she said, “I’ll never be lonely again as long as I have my trusted furry friend!” To say thank you to all of the people responsible for bringing Brady into our lives seems so inadequate. BC & Alberta Guide Dogs has given us a gift that has brought such joy and happiness! Brady has changed our family forever. Our daughter is happy and safe. The quality of her life has improved beyond anything we could have ever hoped for. We are so very grateful!

Visit the BC & Alberta Guide Dogs website to read more stories of impact or to learn about volunteering opportunities.

Courage and Sacrifice in the Name of Peace

We Will Remember

Courage and Sacrifice in the Name of Peace
Commemorate Remembrance Day – Honour Our Heroes

On November 11, we remember the men and women who fought to preserve the tradition of freedom which Canadians enjoy every day. These heroes believed their actions would leave a lasting legacy of freedom for future generations. We must all do our part to ensure their dream of peace is realized. On Remembrance Day, we honour them for their ultimate sacrifice and pay homage to the courage of those who served their country in the name of peace for all nations.

The Flag Shop takes pride in working with our clients and in knowing that the work we do makes a real difference in the lives of those we touch. Here are two examples:

Operation Veteran
The Flag Shop Montreal proudly supports Operation Veteran supplying hundreds of flags in support of this important program, since 2009.

Operation Veteran was founded By Dr. Paul Kavanagh in partnership with the Canadian War Museum with the goal of providing complimentary meal vouchers to all Canadian military veterans who visit the museum.

The work of Operation Veteran pays tribute to the men and women who have served our nation, and helps us to remember our fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives to ensure freedom for future generations. All veterans visiting the museum are offered a meal voucher valued at $11 in honour of Remembrance Day. Since the first voucher was offered in 2009, more than 10,200 veterans have enjoyed a complimentary meal while visiting the museum.

Operation Veteran: Elias & Victoria Interview Dr. Kavanagh

George Derby Centre
The Flag Shop Vancouver acknowledges the work of the George Derby Centre, of Burnaby BC. This intermediate care facility provides residential care to veterans of the Armed Forces. The centre was built over 50 years ago, originally as a rehabilitation centre for young disabled veterans returning from the war. Today, the centre provides essential residential care to war veterans in its 300-bed facility.

The George Derby Centre relies on community support in the form of volunteerism and important funding efforts, such as the Pledge a Flag campaign. The goal of this event is to heighten public awareness of the importance of meeting the social and medical needs of our war heroes. All community support positively impacts the quality of life for veteran residents. Thousands of Canada flags, – symbols of Canadian patriotism and pride – are pledged, and include visits by community school students from Cariboo Secondary School and Armstrong Elementary School.

George Derby Centre

George Derby Centre

George Derby Centre

Interested in knowing more about other Remembrance Day events in your area?
Learn more by visiting the Veterans Affairs Canada website, which includes an interactive map of Remembrance Day events across Canada.

The Flag Shop proudly carries a full range of Canadian-made Remembrance Day products to honour veterans and pay tribute to our fallen heroes, as well as ensigns and military flags.

Aberdeen Raises its Flag

When first entering the city of Aberdeen, southwest of Seattle, one would notice the “Welcome to Aberdeen” sign with the phrase “Come As You Are” just beneath it. As many millennials recall, that was the name of one of the most iconic songs of the 1990’s by rock band Nirvana.

Nirvana is known by almost everyone in North America and many around the world, but what people probably don’t know is that the famous rock band started in a small garage in the city of Aberdeen, Washington.

While populating just around 17,000 people, the city represents a very proud and strong community. Aberdeen had many things but they lacked one important thing… a flag.

One of the city residents, John Barclay, wanted to change that.

“In 2013 I was trying to get contract work with a city next to mine and noticed that they had a flag… I approached my city council and broached the subject,” he said.


Barclay’s suggestion was met with a lot of joy.

“One Council of the 12 [city council members] at that time liked the idea enough to offer her sewing skills,” he added.

Barclay needed to turn his dream into reality, and that was when he decided to call The Flag Shop.

The people of Aberdeen wanted a flag, Barclay was going to design it, and The Flag Shop made it happen.

The flag design looks like a split golden letter “A” with a navy blue background. Despite its simple look, the flag carries a lot of meaning.

aberdeen flag

This is the official description of the flag:

The gold canton thus described being symbolic of the City of Aberdeen, Washington situated at the confluence of the Chehalis and Wishkah Rivers, and the blue field symbolic of the Harbor and Pacific Ocean beyond. Together the symbolism represents Founder Sam Benn’s deeply held dream of “someday building a great city at the confluence of the Chehalis and Wishkah Rivers.”

When it first came out, the people of Aberdeen loved it.

“At the parade where I passed out the paper flags everyone went crazy in love,” described Barclay.


This was a story about a flag that could possibly hold the colours that Aberdonians will identify themselves with for generations to come, and we were part of it.

At the Flag Shop we simply love making history.


Until next time,

Ahmed Najdat
Communications & Social Media Manager

The Flag Shop celebrates the 20th National Aboriginal Day

Aboriginal Day Poster

To the northern hemisphere of the world, last Tuesday was the longest day of the year, the summer solstice. But more specifically to Canadians, it was the 20th National Aboriginal Day.

Since 1996, the 21st of June has marked the national Aboriginal day. For decades, Indigenous communities celebrated their heritage on this day due to the significance of it being the summer solstice.

The date became a milestone for Canadians to celebrate the culture and achievements of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people.

With such a long legacy, it was only natural to see Indigenous art and history making its mark on flags in Canada.

Here are some interesting stories on Native flags:

The Métis flag:


One of the iconic Indigenous flags is the Métis Nation flag. Its beauty is in its simplicity and depth. With an infinity symbol before a blue background, the symbol represents the joining of two cultures, the Indigenous and the European. The symbol also represents the infinity in belief that the Métis culture shall live forever.

The Nunavut flag:


When Nunavut officially became a Canadian territory in 1999, the first order of business was adopting a unique flag. Visually, the Nunavut flag is definitely the most Indigenous among all the Canadian provinces and territories. With a striking yellow and white background, the symbolic Inuksuk stone monument takes the centre of the flag. Historically, the Inuksuk guided people to their land, and marked sacred and special places in Indigenous communities. On the right corner of the flag is the North Star, a traditional guide for navigation and a symbol of elders’ leadership in the community.

The Canadian Native flag:


One of our proudest moments was when Susan Braverman, the president of The Flag Shop, worked with Curtis to bring his design for a flag to represent First Nations in Canada to the public.

The Flag Shop is the manufacturer and exclusive distributor of this flag. Not only it is a beautiful flag, but it’s also a symbol of a unified Canada that revels on diversity.

Here’s how Wilson described it: “The two designs on the red side bands are K’utala-Salmon. Salmon seemed the perfect way to convey the importance of family, friendships, and strength in numbers. There are as many types of people living here in Canada as there are types of salmon. I would like see us coming together in the future, not only my First Nations people, but all of Canada. The design within the maple leaf is a head of a killer whale in the shape of an oval. The killer whale head is surrounded by some traditional use designs called split “U” shapes.”

Our relationship with Indigenous flags and events go back farther than the first National Aboriginal Day in 1996.

From manufacturing the flags for the Stó:lō nation in Chilliwack, to the iconic flag of the Tsawwassen First Nation, to the beautiful  Na-Cho Nyak Dun First Nation flag in Yukon. Our relationship with the Indigenous nations goes back to the 1970’s.


Most recently, we produced flags and banners for the North American Indigenous games that took place in Regina, Saskatchewan.

It was a proud moment for many Indigenous young athletes to carry these flags up high, and it brought us a lot of joy to say that we were part of these special moments.

Making flags means being a part of something, and for that we are proud to be a part of the rich and diverse Indigenous community of Canada.


Until next time,

Ahmed Najdat
Communications & Social Media Manager


The Flag Shop Hits the Highway with Guardians of the Children

The Flag Shop Hits the Highway with Guardians of the Children (1)

When Guardians of the Children called The Flag Shop, they knew they wanted motorcycle flags that were both cost effective and quality.

After hearing about what Guardians of the Children stand for, The Flag Shop President, Susan Braverman, wasn’t wGuardians of the Childrenilling to just sell the biker group some flags; she wanted to go above and beyond their expectations.  By reaching out to her network in the industry and pulling some strings in our production department, Susan not only found a way to make custom motorcycle flags for the Guardians of the Children, but she was also able to design and create custom friendship pins for the biker group!

We were excited to help such a unique cause!  Why? Because at The Flag Shop, our goal is to change the world one flag at a time!

So who exactly are Guardians of the Children?

“We’re a group of bikers on a mission to power the children,” said “Mama Bear”, member of Guardians of the Children’s Vancouver chapter who asked to be anonymous.

Yes, you read that correctly.  Guardians of the Children are an international group of bikers on a mission to protect children from abuse.  The group started with its San Antonio, Texas chapter in 2006, then Winnipeg started the first Canadian chapter in 2014, and in January of this year, a chapter opened up in Vancouver.

What better way to change the world than to make products for a group of bikers that protects children from abuse?!  In fact, we loved the cause so much that we gave Guardians of the Children a hefty discount on their purchase of custom motorcycle flags and friendship pins.

On June 12th, Guardians of the Children embarked on an International Pledge Ride to spread awareness of their cause, and pledge commitment to the children.  And guess what went along for the ride?  The amazing flags and pins from The Flag Shop!

The pins aren’t just any pins… they’re friendship pins!

Guardians of the Children

“The friendship pins represent a united brother and sisterhood between Canadian and American Guardians of the Children chapters.  They are also meant to support the mission of the Guardians,” said “Mama Bear”.  The Vancouver chapter gifted some of the friendship pins to a chapter in Washington recently. “Mama Bear” hopes to continue sharing the pins to other American chapters as well.

As for the flags?  The flags showcase the Guardians of the Children’s mission to protect the children, spread awareness about child abuse, and prevent bullying.  The black and blue flags waved across the highway on June 12th for the Guardians of the Children’s International Pledge Ride!

I think it goes without saying that we love working with causes!  Are you looking for ways to showcase your unique cause?  Contact your nearest Flag Shop to chat with a member of our team!

Until next time,

Ally Quinney
Public Relations & Social Media Manager

Our Beloved Betty Hits 100,000 Metres of Flags and Banners!


You know those spectacular streets banners that brighten up even the rainiest of morning commutes?  You may have noticed our beautiful Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation banners in the spring, or even our colourful street banners throughout the West End… but have you ever wondered how they’re made?

Most of the street banners made in our Vancouver facility are made on our DuPont™ Artistri®2020 digital textile printer, but we call her ‘Betty’ for short.

We just celebrated a marvelous achievement!  Betty officially produced over 100,000 metres of flags and banners!  That’s nearly enough material to stretch from our Vancouver store to our Victoria Store!

Photo: Google map from The Flag Shop Vancouver to The Flag Shop Victoria

Photo: Google map from The Flag Shop Vancouver to The Flag Shop Victoria

We got Betty in 2008.  At the time, she was the best digital printer on the market, and our Betty continues to live up to her reputation as a top-quality digital textile printer.  The fact that all of our street banners have been printed through her leaves no doubt that Betty is one heck of a workhorse!

If you haven’t been lucky enough to lay your eyes on some of the banners that Betty has made, check out the photo gallery below!  You won’t be disappointed!

Do you want to put Betty to work on your own custom flag or banner?  Request a quote on our website or email us at

Thanks for stopping by our blog!

Until next time,

Ally Quinney
Public Relations and Social Media Manager

A Flag on the Play: Soccer is Back for Another Great Season

Are you ready, Canada? Spring is here, which means the grass is back; it also means that the soccer season is starting up again. Now I know we all love hockey, but soccer is growing fast in Canada and really, what’s not to love? We hear it’s called ‘the beautiful game’ and for good reason – these fans are crazy about flags!

We have four professional teams in the Great White North; Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Toronto FC, Montreal Impact FC playing in the MLS and the Ottawa Fury playing in the NASL. So let’s have a look at just how flag crazy these fans can be! (And I saved the best for last, so be sure to read the whole way down!)

First up, let’s start back east. These Montreal Impact fans have not only flags, but a bell??? How’d they manage that? Also, did you notice the Irish banner? That could be pretty seasonally appropriate I think. (*cough* St.Patrick’s Day *cough*)

Ring my beeeeelllll!!! #IMFC #1642mtl @tonymarinaro690 @1642mtl Quelle ambiance !!!

A video posted by Impact de Montréal (@impactmontreal) on

This pic from the Toronto FC shows off the custom banner side of game flags – these are great if you have a front row seat, or if your stadium doesn’t allow flagpoles (a note on that at the end).

In Ottawa, they like to keep it in the province; their Red Devil mascot seems to enjoy the Ontario flag!

Finally, here in Vancouver the local team supporters, the Vancouver Southsiders, really know how up the ante with their flag game. Here’s a video from a recent March to the season opener:

Players, here ✔️ Supporters, here ✔️ MLS Season, here ✔️ #VWFC

A video posted by Vancouver Whitecaps FC (@whitecapsfc) on

Yeah, these groups really know what’s up when it comes to flags:

BONUS: Canada also has a national supporter group, The Voyageurs, and you guessed it, they love flags a whole lot:

If you want to get in on all of the flag fun, we do sell licensed MLS flags for the Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver teams in our online shop.  And if you really want to step up your game, we can make you something custom. Please remember, though, that each stadium has its own rules around flags. One of your best bets is to join a local supporter group – they often work closely with the team to up the ante when it comes to the fan section.

The Flag Shop has been working locally with the Vancouver Whitecaps for years. You can see examples of their street banners here and of a giant flag we did for them here. If you would like more information about ordering a custom flag, please contact us.