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  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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Town of Castor

Castor, Alberta
Grant of Arms, Supporters, Flags and Badge
August 15, 2011
Vol. VI, p. 62

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


Blazon

Arms

Per pale wavy Azure and Or two beavers sejant respectant counterchanged;

Crest

Issuant from a mural coronet Azure masoned and set with barley heads, a beaver sejant Or;

Supporters

Two coyotes Or each charged on the shoulder with a flame Azure and standing on a beaver dam proper above water Azure;

Motto

PROUD HERITAGE • PROMISING FUTURE;

Flag

A banner of the Arms;

Flag

A vertical pennant of three points Azure, Or and Azure, a banner of the Arms in hoist;

Badge

On a lozenge Sable, a beaver’s head Or;


Symbolism

Arms

The beavers (castors in French) make a reference to the town’s name and have long been used as a symbol of the town. The wavy division line refers to Castor Creek.

Crest

The mural coronet refers to Castor’s municipal status, and the heads of barley allude to local agriculture. The beaver repeats the symbolism of the Arms.

Supporters

The coyotes are local animals. The blue flames symbolize the natural gas industry. The beaver pond makes a further reference to the beavers in the arms and crest, emphasizing their ingenuity and engineering skills in creating new and diverse habitats.

Motto

Not applicable

Flag

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

Flag

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

Badge

The black diamond refers to coal mining, and the beaver’s head makes another reference to the town’s name.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 24, 2012, in Volume 146, page 747 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Bruce Patterson, Deputy Chief Herald of Canada, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter
Melissa Aberin

Calligrapher
Doris Wionzek


Recipient Information

Civil Institution
Regional, Municipal etc Government