Traveling and Magnet Collecting: Hobbies that Go Together!

For an avid traveler collecting souvenir magnets is an ideal hobby. Magnets are readily available at tourist attractions, and they range from small acrylic ones to larger vinyl magnets that depict beautiful and memorable scenes. Magnets are a great thing to collect when traveling because of their size: small and light, they are easily packed away to bring home with you. They are also a great souvenir because they're so useful. You can use them to affix all kinds of things, from reminder notes to important documents to photos, to your fridge or other metallic objects around your home! Attractive to look at, useful, and reminders of fun trips: what more could you ask for?

Souvenir Magnets from Canada

Canada is an all-season destination encompassing a variety as large as the country, with beautiful natural landscapes and world-class cities full of excitement and enthusiasm. Across Canada one can visit icy beauty of the Arctic, the wide horizons of the Prairies, and the rugged seascapes of the Atlantic coast—all in one country! Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, and Halifax are some of Canada's most famous cities. Each has its own story to tell, one that is deeply connected to the province in which the city is located. Visit the spectacular mountains of Alberta's Banff National Park. Buy local handicrafts and artisanal foods. Sample the world-renowned maple syrup of Quebec's forests while you take in its fascinating history and unique Francophone culture. Wonder at the austere maritime beauty of storm-swept Newfoundland. Canada is a place you will never forget—but you can help keep your memories alive with beautiful keepsakes including our new series of souvenir magnets depicting the flags of each of Canada's provinces and territories!

Magnets as Gifts for Family and Friends

While you travel in Canada and obtain magnets to add to your collection, you should purchase some for your loved ones at home, too! Everyone loves to have interesting and unique magnets, and they are the perfect little present to give to someone to let you know you've been thinking about them while enjoying your travels. Who knows—maybe the magnet you give as a present will inspire the lucky recipient to make their own voyages to exciting places around the world! Plus, because they aren't large and bulky, you can get magnets to add to your own collection and to give as gifts to loved ones without worrying about weighing yourself down or running out of room in your suitcase.

Flag of Alberta Magnet

Alberta's flag ably reflects the importance of agriculture, geography, and cultural heritage to the history of the province. On a blue background that evokes the clear skies so characteristic of Alberta is a shield divided into three images. The top one is a red on white cross, which is the cross of St George, the patron saint of Great Britain. This symbolizes the British heritage of Alberta. Below that, in the middle of the crest, you can see geographical features like the Rocky Mountains, their rolling foothills, and the northern lake-dotted tundra. Finally, the bottom depicts golden sheaves of wheat, symbolizing both the great Prairie that covers so much of the province east of the mountains and the agriculture which continues to dominate Alberta's economy. Alberta is Canada's fastest-growing province, with a booming oil industry and large, vibrant cities like Calgary and Edmonton. It also has fantastic opportunities for outdoors activities, including skiing and snowboarding up in the mountains and camping, canoeing, and hiking in the northern forests and waterways of the province.

Flag of British Columbia Magnet

The obvious connection between British Columbia and Great Britain is highlighted in this flag, the top half of which features the Union Jack, the flag of England, with a crown at it center. Below is a golden setting sun against a field of wavy blue and white stripes. Because the sun is setting it represents British Columbia's location on the western edge of North America, and the blue and white stripes represent the Pacific Ocean into which it appears the sun sets at the end of each day.

Flag of Manitoba Magnet

Manitoba's flag is a variation on the Red Ensign (or Red Duster as it is more popularly known). This takes the form of a Union Jack (flag of Great Britain) located in the top left of a red field. The Red Ensign was originally flown by the British Navy, which seems a little strange for a province that at first seems so far inland! In its northeast, however, Manitoba borders Hudson Bay, which is technically part of the North Atlantic Ocean and which was settled with forts by ships from the British Navy. Manitoba's flag also features the shield from its coat of arms, which features a buffalo on a green field below a cross of St George, the patron saint of England.

Flag of New Brunswick Magnet

The flag of New Brunswick is modeled after the province's coat of arms. It features a galley at its center, intended to signify the province's close links to the sea. As one of Canada's Maritime provinces, New Brunswick has long depended on the Atlantic Ocean for its livelihood. On the top of the flag you'll see a stylized lion, which symbolizes both Great Britain and the Duchy of Brunswick-Luneberg in Germany, which both feature the same lion in their respective coats of arms.

Flag of Newfoundland and Labrador Magnet

Newfoundland and Labrador have a very striking and interesting flag, which is broadly symbolic of the province's distinct heritage. It features four colors: the blue symbolizes the ocean so important to this maritime province, the white represents the snow and ice of winter, the red suggests the sacrifice and struggle of Newfoundlanders, and the gold signifies the confidence and hope they have in the future. The blue triangular shapes first of all evoke the flag of Great Britain, the Union Jack, thereby denoting Newfoundland's history and heritage as a British colony. The two red triangles on the flag's right side also symbolize the two landmasses which make up the province: the island of Newfoundland and the mainland Labrador. The gold arrow pays tribute to those Newfoundlanders who performed military service, many of whom lost their lives in both World Wars. Taken as a whole, the red triangles and the gold arrow form a trident, a nautical symbol that honors Newfoundland's close ties to a maritime lifestyle.

Flag of the Northwest Territories Magnet

This flag is heavily symbolic. It features a blue field upon which is a Canadian pale, or white square taking up half the width of the flag. At the center of the flag is the shield from the Northwest Territories' coat of arms. The wavy blue line at the top of the shield symbolizes the rivers of the land, while the red section represents the tundra and the green section the boreal forest. The gold rectangles symbolize the great mineral wealth of the Northwest Territories, while the fox mask symbolizes the importance of the fur industry.

Flag of Nova Scotia Magnet

Nova Scotia's flag is based on its coat of arms. Both feature a blue saltire, or St Andrew's cross, on a white field, which is simply a reversal of the Scottish flag, which is a white saltire on a blue field. At its center is a gold shield bordered by red fleur-de-lis and centered by a red lion, which is the Royal arms of Scotland. “Nova Scotia” means “New Scotland” in Latin, of course, and many Nova Scotians are descended from Scottish settlers, which is why so many symbols of Scotland are used in the provincial flag.

Flag of Nunavut Magnet

The flag of Canada's newest territory is vey vividly colored. Its background is divided into two sections, one gold and one white, symbolizing the wealth of natural resources and the Arctic snow. At its center is a red inukshuk, a land marker made by the Inuit people of the Arctic out of stones. It looks a little like a person pointing! The inukshuk is red in order to symbolize Canada as a whole. In the top right corner of the flag is a blue star, representing the North Star, which is resonant not only for navigational purposes but is also culturally significant for the Inuit. It symbolizes for them the wisdom and leadership of community elders and the guidance they provide to their people, just as the North Star provides guidance to travelers.

Flag of Ontario Magnet

Like Manitoba, Ontario uses a Red Ensign for the basis of its flag, which is a Union Jack (Great Britain's flag) on a red field. This signifies Ontario's history as a British colony. Its flag also features the shield of the province's coat of arms, which is a cross of St George (another symbol of England) atop three golden maple leaves on a green field, signifying Canada (the maple leaf being one of Canada's most recognizable symbols).

Flag of Prince Edward Island Magnet

Like many other Maritime provinces, Prince Edward Island's flag reproduces aspects of its coat of arms. On its top is the golden English heraldic lion, which was featured on the coat of arms of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, for whom Prince Edward Island was named. Below that is an island, representing PEI, upon which stand two sets of oak trees. The three smaller ones grouped together on the left signify the three counties that make up Prince Edward Island, while the large tree on the right symbolizes the protection of Great Britain. The three sides of the flag away from the mast (or flagpole) are lined with alternating bands of red and white, the same colors as the Canadian flag.

Flag of Quebec Magnet

Quebec has a singular flag that perfectly matches the uniqueness of the province in relation to the rest of the country. Called the Fleurdelise in this Francophone province, it features a white cross on a blue background. Placed in each corner of the flag is a white fleur-de-lis, or stylized lily; these represent the French heritage and history of the province. The French royalty used a gold fleur-de-lis as their sigil, and Quebec uses white ones to honor its French background and to symbolize its status as a majority French-speaking location in the New World. As one of Canada's oldest, largest, and most populous provinces, Quebec is a vital part of the nation. It is also extremely unique: unlike virtually all of the rest of Canada, which speaks English, Quebec speaks French. This is because it was originally a French colony that was conquered by Britain during the Seven Years' War. Quebec is, like the rest of Canada, possessed of beautiful natural landscapes as well as incredibly vibrant cities, the largest of which is Montreal.

Flag of Saskatchewan Magnet

The shield of the province's coat of arms is located on the right hand side of this flag; its red lion symbolizes the Great Britain while its three golden wheat sheaves symbolize the agriculture so vital to Saskatchewan's economy. The importance of agriculture is further highlighted in the flag by the golden color of its bottom half, which represents the waves of golden grain growing across so much of the southern parts of the province. The green top half, on the other hand, represents Saskatchewan's heavily forested north. On the right hand side of the flag is the province's floral emblem, a western red lily.

Flag of Yukon Magnet

Yukon's flag is a tricolor of green, white and blue. These symbolize, respectively, the forests, tundra, and rivers of the territory. At the center of the flag is Yukon's coat of arms. The crest of the coat of arms is an Alaskan malamute standing on a pile of snow. Malamutes are often used as sled dogs to help travel over the deep snow that covers the territory in the winter. Below, the shield is divided into two parts. The top section features the cross of St George, patron saint of England, surmounted by a disk in a pattern known as “vair”, a kind of heraldic fur, symbolizing the importance of fur-trapping to the territory. The bottom section has two upward-pointing red triangles, each adorned with two gold disks. These symbolize the mountains of Yukon and the vast mineral wealth contained within them, as well as the Klondike Gold Rush which helped to found the territory. The wave white lines in the center signify the many rivers of the territory. The coat of arms is above a wreath of fireweed, the floral emblem of Yukon.