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Massive maple leaf takes over Stanley Park field

Last Updated Jun 30, 2017 at 3:52 pm PDT

A massive Canadian flag in Stanley Park to mark the country's 150th birthday. (Kenny Mason, NEWS 1130 Photo)

The flag weighs over a tonne and is meant to represent the total area of the country

Canada marks its 150th birthday on July 1st

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – There is one big ol’ Canadian flag at Stanley Park right now.

The people behind this massive maple leaf still need to send the numbers to the Guinness Book of World Records to verify the record for the largest Canadian flag.

It’s 140 metres by 70 metres and weighs over a tonne. The total area of 9,900 square metres is meant to represent the total area of Canada on a scale of one to 1 million.

Vancouver-Kingsway MP Don Davies says those measurements made it difficult to find a home for it. “We wanted to try and get it up at the cut on Grouse Mountain so that all Canadians in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland could see it, that didn’t work out. Then we thought we would hang it from a bridge. That created all sorts of logistical problems with marine traffic. We thought we could hang it from a crane.”

And that didn’t work out either, so the group settled on placing it at the Brockton Oval for Canada Day.

The project was privately funded by Zhen Zhong Li. Speaking through a translator he remembered two years ago when he first heard about the Canada 150 celebrations. “I got really excited, and I thought ‘what can I do to express my excitement?’ I thought a Canadian flag would be the best representation for the country.”

The process took two weeks for workers to piece all of the silk together for the flag.