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Town of Creston

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

Click on each image to enlarge. The blazon and symbolism for each element will accompany the enlarged image.


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;

Flag

Quarterly Azure and Or on a cross quarterly Argent and Azure a hurt charged with a swan naiant Argent beaked Sable;

Flag

Azure a swan naiant Argent beaked Sable within a circlet of apple blossoms proper;

Badge

Four feathers in saltire Argent tipped Sable surmounted by an apple blossom proper;


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.

Flag

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Flag

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

Badge

The feathers symbolize the Kutenai First Nation and their belief in the four elements: earth, air, fire and water. They also symbolize the four seasons and the four points of the compass. The apple blossom refers to the historic tree fruit industry of the valley and the community’s annual Blossom Festival.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on November 22, 2008, in Volume 142, page 2984 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Graham Anderson, Cowichan Herald Extraordinary, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter
Debra MacGarvie

Calligrapher
Shirley Mangione


Recipient Information

Civil Institution
Regional, Municipal etc Government