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  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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The Corporation of the City of Penticton

Penticton, British Columbia
Grant of Arms, Supporters, Flag and Badge
October 11, 2000
Vol. IV, p. 55

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Blazon

Arms

Per bend sinister Azure and Or in dexter chief a sun in splendour and in sinister base four bendlets wavy counterchanged;

Crest

Issuant from a coronet dancetty Or, the frieze Azure charged with Canada geese naiant, a peach tree proper fructed Or;

Supporters

Dexter a Californian quail (Callipepla californica) proper charged on the breast with a steam locomotive wheel Or, sinister a lake monster Vert langued Or representing the mythic creature Ogopogo charged on the breast with a ship's wheel Or, the supporters on a compartment composed of a grassy mound bounded on the sinister by waves in turbulence, and set to the dexter with a snow capped mountain, Ponderosa pine trees and a calm lake, and in the centre, two vines leaved and fructed of red and white grapes, before a bluff set with a sprig of sagebrush between two Ponderosa pine trees, all proper;

Motto

A PLACE TO STAY FOREVER;

Flag

A banner of the Arms;

Badge

On a ship's wheel Azure a peach Or leaved Vert charged in base with two barrulets wavy Azure;


Symbolism

Arms

The shield symbolizes the city’s beautiful setting and fine climate, with the gold sun shining in the sky and across the lakes to create sparkling water beside the gold sands of the beaches.

Crest

The “peaks” of the coronet refer to the local hills rising to the mountains of the valley. The Canada geese are one of several references to the city’s rich natural heritage. The peach tree refers to the historic orchard industry and the community spirit of Penticton exemplified in the annual Peach Festival. As well, in many cultures, a tree is a symbol of life.

Supporters

The California quail, a very distinctive bird found locally, emphasizes the city’s natural richness, while Ogopogo is the famous mythic lake creature. The historic Kettle Valley Railway is honoured through the steam locomotive wheel on the quail, while the S.S. Sicamous is represented by the ship’s wheel on Ogopogo. The compartment on which they rest highlights the importance of the beach lands and the two lakes, Okanagan with waves and Skaha with calmer waters. The growing importance of viticulture is also emphasized through the use of the grapes and grape leaves.

Motto

A PLACE TO STAY FOREVER.

Flag

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Badge

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Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 24, 2001, in Volume 135, page 938 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
Debra MacGarvie

Calligrapher
Judith Bainbridge


Recipient Information

Civil Institution
Regional, Municipal etc Government