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Town of Creston

Creston, British Columbia
Grant of Arms, Supporters, Flags and Badge
July 15, 2008
Vol. V, p. 314

Arms of the Town of Creston

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Blazon

Arms

Per fess Azure and Argent issuant from a base barry wavy Azure and Argent two piles reversed counterchanged;

Crest

A demi-mountain caribou Azure attired and unguled Or its dexter hoof resting on a barrel Or;

Supporters

Two trumpeter swans Argent beaked and membered Sable their wings elevated and addorsed Or, standing on a mount of wheat and conifer branches fructed proper;

Motto

VALLEY OF THE SWANS;


Symbolism

Arms

The blue and white wavy bars in the base refer to the Kootenay River and Lake. The triangular shapes symbolize the snow-capped peaks of the Purcell and Selkirk Ranges.

Crest

The mountain caribou refers to the rare small herd that exists in the mountains nearby. The barrel celebrates the central place of Columbia Brewing in the economy of Creston.

Supporters

The swans are a reference to the birds that gave their name to the valley. The conifer branches and the wheat symbolize the significance of forestry and farming to the community.

Motto

This is a tribute to the original name of the valley, “Valley of the Swan”, before Creston was incorporated.