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Cape Breton Regional Municipality

Sydney, Nova Scotia
Grant of Arms, Supporters, Flag and Badge
April 16, 1997
Vol. III, p. 166

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FORTUNA NON MUTAT GENUS. This Latin phrase means "Fortune does not change our nature".


Vert within a double tressure erablé counter-erablé of eight Or a Cape Breton sloop Or, sails Argent, pennon Or;


Issuant from a mural coronet Vert masoned Or its gate Gules with portcullis raised between two windows all Or a phoenix also Or head Argent beaked Or rising from flames Gules;


On a compartment of a quay of stone Argent masoned Sable curving away from the shield rising above barry wavy Azure and Argent enclosing a cape promontory set with fir trees Vert and mayflowers proper dexter a stallion Argent crined and unguled Sable gorged with a collar the rim set on and above with lozenges Sable pendant therefrom a torteau charged with a garb Or sinister a unicorn Argent armed, crined and unguled Or gorged with a collar rim set above with the ends of rails Gules pendant therefrom a torteau charged with a fiddle in saltire with a bow Or;




A banner of the Arms;


Eight maple leaves interlaced stems inwards Or charged with an octagon Vert surcharged with a Cape Breton sloop Or sails Argent pennon Or;


In general, the symbolism of emblems prior to 2000 does not exist in an appropriate format for the online Register.


Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 24, 2001, in Volume 135, page 937 of the Canada Gazette.

Artist Information

Original concept of Robert D. Watt, Chief Herald of Canada, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Linda Nicholson

Suzzann Wright

Recipient Information

Civil Institution
Regional, Municipal etc Government