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The Corporation of the District of Pitt Meadows

Pitt Meadows, British Columbia
Grant of Arms, Supporters, Flag and Badge
March 15, 2004
Vol. IV, p. 364

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Blazon

Arms

Purpure a fess couped bretessed and voided within an orle embattled outward Or;

Crest

Issuant from an ancient crown Purpure the rim goutté d'eau, the eagle of the Katzie First Nation Or embellished Purpure;

Supporters

Dexter a heron, sinister a sandhill crane, each Or, beaked and membered Purpure, gorged with a wreath of maple leaves Gules and dogwood flowers Argent, standing on a mound of earth Or set with cranberry and blueberry sprigs proper issuant from barry wavy Azure and Argent;

Motto

PROSPERITY THROUGH ENDEAVOUR;

Flag

Purpure within an orle embattled outward, a heron's head erased Or;

Badge

A heron's head erased Or within a wreath of blueberry and cranberry leaves fructed proper;


Symbolism

Arms

The colours purple and gold are those currently used by Pitt Meadows in its heron emblem. The band running parallel to the edge of the shield represents the dykes which protect a considerable part of the lands of the municipality. The crenellated outer edge can also represent gearwheels and refer to the historic Hoffman garage. The horizontal bands symbolize the CP railway line around which the District grew and which is still at the centre of Pitt Meadows’ most populated sector.

Crest

The coronet represents Golden Ears, the dramatic peaks to the north of the District. The white drops, symbolizing milk, recall the early dairy industry. The Katzie eagle symbol honours the original inhabitants of the land. It can also refer to the growing significance of recreational aviation.

Supporters

The heron refers to the District’s current logo and honours the rich riverside wildlife of the District, as does the sandhill crane. Their collars symbolize Pitt Meadows as a British Columbian and Canadian community. The blueberry and cranberry sprigs represent two important agricultural products of the district. The wavy bars at the base of the mound refer to the Fraser and Pitt Rivers. The earth mound symbolizes the District’s lands, especially the dykes that protect them.

Motto

It links the new arms with the historic emblem through use of the same motto.

Flag

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

Badge

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


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 12, 2005, in Volume 139, page 688 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Robert D. Watt, Chief Herald of Canada, assisted by the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority

Painter
Linda Nicholson

Calligrapher
Nancy Ellis


Recipient Information

Civil Institution
Regional, Municipal etc Government