A maple leaf is on the coat of arms of Canada, and is on the Canadian flag. The maple is a common symbol of strength and endurance and has been chosen as the national tree of Canada. Maple leaves are traditionally an important part of Canadian Forces military regalia; for example, the military rank insignia for generals use maple leaf symbols.
There are 10 species naturally growing in the country, with at least one in each province. Although the idea of the tree as a national symbol originally hailed from the province of Quebec where the sugar maple is significant, today's arboreal emblem of Canada rather refers to a generic maple. The design on the flag is an eleven-point stylization modeled after a sugar maple leaf (which normally bears 23 points).
It is also in the name of the Canadian ice hockey team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Howie Meeker played for the Leafs 1946-47 and played for the Stratford Indians 1945-56 (see Morenz Drive) .
Maple is considered a tonewood, or a wood that carries sound waves well, and is used in numerous musical instruments. Maple is harder and has a brighter sound than mahogany, which is another major tonewood used in instrument manufacturing.
The back, sides, and neck of most violins, violas, cellos, and double basses are made from maple.
And who doesn't love the annual sugaring-off and special treats that are ours with maple syrup. Only recently have the traditions of the Indigenous peoples associated with the gathering of maple syrup started to be reclaimed and shared.
The Indigenous Origins of Maple Syrup | NMAI Magazine (americanindianmagazine.org)