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Coat of Arms & Motto

After the First World War, Canada chose an official Coat of Arms. The national motto (expression) is A Mari Usque Ad Mare. This is a Latin expression which means from sea to sea. It refers to the large size of Canada from one ocean to another. The arms also contain symbols of England, France, Scotland and Ireland, as well as red maple leaves. You can find this coat of arms on dollar bills, government documents and public buildings. It is also called the Royal Arms of Canada.

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What does the Latin phrase “A Mari Usque Ad Mare” mean?

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It means “from sea to sea”.

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