A few months ago, I suggested the following flag as a fix for the province of Nova Scotia:
This was essentially the current provincial flag, I just removed the central shield which featured a lion. In flags, simplicity is key, but I may have let the pendulum swing too far in this instance. As I mentioned in the original post, this flag also closely corresponds to the Russian naval ensign, an uncommon flag I'll admit, but there's no reason to use a Russian flag in Canada. While searching for new ideas, I came across the flag of Cape Breton, the island that makes up the northern part of Nova Scotia:
As I've mentioned before, I'm a sucker for nautical icons on flags, particularly those from the Age of Sail, so this really jumped out at me. The golden leaf design around the edge is a little distracting, but at least this flag is heading in the right direction. After a little more searching, I found the flag of Halifax:
This one maintains the St. Andrew's cross of the provincial flag, but adds some more elements and replaces the white with yellow. I like the bird (a kingfisher?) and ships, but the arrows seem unnecessary. I decided to use this flag as a template for the whole province, and this was my final product:
I have kept the yellow on the ships, partially because it would have taken forever to change their color using Paint, but mostly because they give a splash of color to the blue and white. As you can see, I hanged the central "X" to white and removed the arrows, giving the flag as less cluttered look. I'm not entirely sure if the bird is a provincial symbol or specific to Halifax, but either way I think this version does a better job of representing the province and not being simple for simplicity's sake.
Thanks to Francis for the ideas.