This asymmetric tartan was designed by David Weiser in 1964 possibly in anticipation of the centenary of Canadas Confederation in 1967. It was registered with the CIPO in 1964. It was adopted officially as the national tartan of Canada in 2011.

The Commercial Division of the High Commissioner of Canada says that the tartan captures the natural process of the Maple leaves turning from green in the early summer, to gold at the turn of autumn, and then red at the first frost. The tones of brown created at the intersections in the tartan mirror the shades of leaf colour at Fall.

The sett shown above uses the design and colours specified in the CIPO registration and the threadcount has been measured from photographs of the material that Highland Queen hand-delivered to the designer and was presented to HRH Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, in December 1964.


** If you intend to weave or otherwise use any of these patterns, please be aware that you may need the written permission of the designer or producer. This information can be found in the Scottish Register of Tartans.

LT32 R32 G8 R8 G48 GO16 LT16 DT16 G48 R8 G8 R32 ... (CIDD: 026-08-26328)
MG32 R32 DG8 R8 DG48 T16 MG16 Y16 DG48 R8 DG8 R32 ... (District Tartans)
T26 DR30 DG6 DR6 DG38 LT12 T12 GO12 DG38 DR6 DG6 DR30 ... (SRT No. 2824)
FG26 DR30 DG6 DR6 DG38 LT12 FG12 OG12 DG38 DR6 DG6 DR30 ... (STA No. 2034)