Heraldry Today

The City of Whitehorse

Whitehorse, Yukon
Grant of Arms and Supporters
November 15, 2002
Vol. IV, p. 253

Arms of The City of Whitehorse

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Blazon

Arms

Copper on a fess wavy Azure a paddlewheel steamboat Argent, in base a bar wavy per fess wavy Argent and Azure;

Crest

Issuant from an antique crown Vert a steam locomotive wheel Copper;

Supporters

Dexter a horse, sinister a wolf-raven, both Argent embellished Azure and Vert and standing on a compartment set with mountains, conifers, a highway, and railway tracks proper;

Motto

OUR PEOPLE OUR STRENGTH;


Symbolism

Arms

The copper colour on the shield refers to both the historic mining of the mineral of the same name and its importance to the local economy, and to the significance of the metal for the First Nations. The paddlewheel steamboat has long been used as a Whitehorse emblem symbolizing the importance of the vessel in opening up the City and its region.

Crest

The colours of the mantling refer to the northern lights, one of the most dramatic features of nature in the north and recalls the City's setting as a northern capital. The sawtooth upper edge of the crown is a symbolic reference to the hills surrounding Whitehorse. The steam locomotive wheel rising out of the crown represents both the important historic role of the railway in developing the City and the concept of Whitehorse as a transportation hub.

Supporters

The compartment is a stylisation of the City's natural setting, with the rocks and conifers of the surrounding mountains. Set across this are the two most important transportation links, the railway and the Alaska Highway. On the left of the shield, the white horse refers to the City's name. On the right side of the shield, the creature honours the two clans of the Yukon First Nations, the wolf and the raven. It also celebrates the original inhabitants of the region and their importance in the life of the present day capital. The supporters are based on a design created by Mark Preston.

Motto

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.