Traveling and Keychain Collecting: Hobbies that Go Together!

While you're traveling, collecting keychains is a great hobby. Keychains are readily available at tourist attractions, and they can depict all manner of memorable and beautiful scenes or images. They are an ideal thing to collect when traveling because, being small and light, it's easy to fit them in your luggage to bring home with you. They are also a good souvenir because they're so useful. Everyone needs a way to keep all of their keys together so that they don't get misplaced and so that they're easy to get to when you need them, and a souvenir keychain can accomplish this at the same time that it looks great, reminds you of a special trip, and serves as an interesting conversation piece!

Souvenir Keychains 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 the 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. Go skiing and snowboarding at one of the amazing resorts in the Rockies or the Laurentians. Buy local handicrafts and artisanal foods. Visit the sun-drenched plains of central Canada. Look in awe at the immense power of the ocean at the Bay of Fundy, home of the world's greatest tides. 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 keychains depicting the coats of arms and flags of each of Canada's provinces and territories!

Keychains as Gifts for Family and Friends

While you travel in Canada and collect keychains along the way, you should purchase some for your loved ones at home, too! Not only is it a thoughtful and useful gift, if you give someone a keychain from your vacation as a present it might inspire them to go on their own trip to an exciting locale! Plus, because they aren't large and bulky, you can get keychains both to add to your own collection and to give as gifts to family and friends without worrying about weighing yourself down or running out of room in your suitcase.

Coat of Arms and Flag of Alberta Keychain

Alberta is a land of big mountains and vast plains, and this geography is well represented in its flag and coat of arms. On the top of the coat of arms is a red on white cross, which is the cross of St George, the patron saint of Great Britain and symbolic of Alberta's heritage as a British colony. The middle of the crest depicts the snow-capped Rocky Mountains, their rolling foothills, and the extensive lakes and forests of the province's north. Finally, the bottom features rows of golden wheat, suggesting how important agriculture is to the province. The provincial flag places the coat of arms at its center on a field of blue.

Coat of Arms and Flag of British Columbia Keychain

The provincial symbols represented on this keychain are quite striking! British Columbia's coat of arms shows the sun setting into a field of blue and white wavy lines. These represent the waves of the Pacific Ocean, and thus signify British Columbia's location on the west coast of Canada. At the top of the coat of arms is a Union Jack, the flag of Great Britain, with a crown at its center. These symbolize the close historical and cultural ties between British Columbia and England. On the other side of the keychain is British Columbia's flag, which is identical to its coat of arms.

Coat of Arms and Flag of Manitoba Keychain

Manitoba has a very impressive coat of arms. It has two parts: the top is a cross of St George, the patron saint of Great Britain, which signifies Manitoba's heritage as a British colony. Below that is a drawing of a powerful buffalo, the largest land-mammal of North America and the provincial animal. Vast herds of these majestic creatures once roamed Manitoba, though widespread hunting nearly lead to their total extinction in the 19th century. On the other side of the keychain is Manitoba's flag, which is a variation on the Red Duster, a flag flown by the British navy which features the Union Jack in the top left corner on a bright red background. Manitoba's flag also includes its coat of arms.

Coat of Arms and Flag of New Brunswick Keychain

The galley, a kind of ship, on New Brunswick's flag and coat of arms is intended to symbolize the vital importance of the Atlantic Ocean to the province's history and its present-day economy and culture. Fishing and shipping have long been vital parts of New Brunswick's economy. Above the galley is a golden lion on a field of red which symbolizes both Great Britain and the Duchy of Brunswick-Luneberg in Germany, each of whom features the same lion in their respective coats of arms.

Coat of Arms and Flag of Newfoundland and Labrador Keychain

Newfoundland and Labrador's coat of arms is highly symbolic of Great Britain, from where many of its original colonists came, especially Scotland. It features a red shield with the a white cross subdividing it into quadrants. In the upper-left and bottom-right sections are the Royal Lions from Great Britain's coat of arms, while in the upper-right and bottom-left corners you can see the Unicorns of Scotland's coat of arms. On the other side of the keychain is the striking flag of Newfoundland and Labrador, which is very different from their coat of arms. The triangular shapes that make it up first of all subtly evoke the Union Jack, the flag of Great Britain. 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 red triangles and the gold arrow also form a trident, a nautical symbol that representative of Newfoundland's status as a maritime province. The gold arrow also honors the military service of Newfoundlanders in the World Wars.

Coat of Arms and Flag of the Northwest Territories Keychain

These territorial symbols are very similar to one another. The coat of arms features a shield topped by a crest, which is two narwhals guarding a compass rose. Narwhals are distinctive Arctic whales with a long tusk sticking straight out of their heads! The compass rose symbolizes the magnetic North Pole. On the shield you'll see a wavy blue line on a white field on its top, which symbolizes the many rivers of the Northwest Territories as well as the snow that covers it for much of the year. Below that, the shield is divided diagonally into a red field and a green field. The red field symbolizes the tundra, and on it is a fox mask, which represents the fur trapping industry. The green field symbolizes the boreal forest, and the gold rectangles covering it signify the immense mineral wealth of the Northwest Territories. The territorial flag on the other side of the keychain is much the same as the coat of arms, which it places at its center (though without the narwhal crest). The flag itself features a blue field with a Canadian pale, a white stripe composing half the width of the flag, just like on Canada's national flag!

Coat of Arms and Flag of Nova Scotia Keychain

The coat of arms and flag of Nova Scotia are practically identical to one another. They feature a blue saltire (or St Andrew's Cross) on a white field. This is the same as the flag of Scotland, only in reverse. At the center of the cross is a golden shield lined with red fleur-de-lis and featuring a red lion, all of which are royal symbols of Scotland. Nova Scotia is the Latin form of “New Scotland”, and many Nova Scotians are descended from Scottish colonists, which is why the provincial symbols evoke Scotland so strongly.

Coat of Arms and Flag of Nunavut Keychain

Canada's newest territory has a very distinctive flag and coat of arms, as one can see from this keychain. Both prominently feature an Inukshuk, a geographic marker used by the Inuit people of the Arctic which is traditionally made out of stacked stones and resembles a person pointing. The coat of arms is guarded by a caribou and a narwhal, two of the Arctic's most recognizable animals. Along its bottom is a scroll inscribed with Nunavut's motto in Inuktitut syllabary, the Inuit language's written form. The coat of arms' shield is in blue and gold, symbolizing the richness of the land and sea. It also features representations of the midnight sun and the North Star, along with the aforementioned Inukshuk and a qulliq, a stone lamp used by the Inuit that symbolizes community and warmth. Apart from its red Inukshuk, Nunavut's flag features a blue star representing the North Star. The background colors of the flag are gold and white, signifying the wealth of the Arctic's natural resources and the snow and ice that cover the land and water for much of the year.

Coat of Arms and Flag of Ontario Keychain

Ontario's coat of arms, represented on one side of this keychain, highlight the province's roots as a British colony. The top of the coat of arms' shield is a Cross of St George, a notable symbol of England. Below that are three golden maple leaves on a green background; the maple leaf is a symbol of Canada. On the other side of the keychain is Ontario's flag, which also underscores Ontario's British heritage. It takes the form of a Red Ensign, a flag traditionally flown by the British Navy which has a Union Jack at the top left of a red field. Ontario's coat of arms is on the right side of the flag.

Coat of Arms and Flag of Prince Edward Island Keychain

The flag and the coat of arms of Prince Edward Island as depicted on either side of this keychain share many similarities. Both feature the golden English heraldic lion along their top. Below are oak trees: a large one, its branches heavy with acorns, stands on the right, while a group of three saplings stand on the left. The large tree symbolizes Great Britain, while the saplings represent the three counties of Prince Edward Island; it is suggested that they have grown from the seeds from the large tree, just like Prince Edward Island grew as a colony of Great Britain. The flag also features alternating red and white bands along three of its edges, which are Canada's colors.

Coat of Arms and Flag of Quebec Keychain

Quebec's French heritage is symbolized in several ways on both its coat of arms and its flag, which are depicted on either side of this keychain. The flag is simple: a white cross on a blue field, with a white fleur-de-lis in each corner. These are all symbols of France. On the coat of arms there are also fleur-de-lis, but they are golden, which is the traditional color of the French royal fleur-de-lis. These are on the top section of the coat of arms. The middle section features a lion, signifying England. The bottom section has three golden maple leaves representative of Canada.

Coat of Arms and Flag of Saskatchewan Keychain

This keychain of Saskatchewan's coat of arms and flag foregrounds the importance of agriculture to this prairie province. The coat of arms features three golden wheat sheaves on a green field, above which is a red lion representing Great Britain. The provincial flag reproduces the coat of arms on a field of green and gold. The gold section further emphasize how important agriculture is to Saskatchewan; it represents the grain grown across much of southern Saskatchewan. The green section represents the heavily forested northern section of the province. On the flag's right hand side is a western red lily, the floral emblem of Saskatchewan.

Coat of Arms and Flag of Yukon Keychain

Yukon's coat of arms is very elaborate and full of symbols. It is topped with a crest of an Alaskan malamute, a kind of dog used to pull sleds through the snow. On its shield is a cross of St George, symbolizing Yukon's British colonial roots, that is centered with a circle of vair, a distinct pattern signifying fur used in coats of arms. This also represents the importance of the fur industry in Yukon. The two red triangles are symbolic of the mountain ranges that cover much of Yukon, while the gold discs on the triangles represent the vast mineral wealth that has attracted people to the territory since the famous Klondike Gold Rush. The wavy blue and white bands that bisect the shield vertically signify the many rivers in the territory. On the other side of this keychain you'll see Yukon's flag, which is almost exactly the same as the coat of arms! They are set on a green, white, and blue tricolor (which symbolize, respectively, Yukon's boreal forests, arctic tundra, and extensive waterways). Below the coat of arms is a wreath of fireweed, the floral emblem of Yukon.