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Pitt Meadows, British Columbia (Canada)

Greater Vancouver Regional District

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Paper flag
[scan of paper flag of Pitt Meadows] image contributed by Dean McGee, 11 January 2006
Source: Scan of flag (see below)

Flying flag
[flag of Pitt Meadows flying] image contributed by Dean McGee, 11 January 2006

See also:

City flag

The flag designed by the heralds was not adopted by the district. One councilor decided that the flag should say "DISTRICT OF PITT MEADOWS" on it.

The current flag has "DISTRICT OF PITT MEADOWS" in an arch in capitals that resemble Times New Roman, above the full achievement of arms. Note that in the full achievement, one supporter is a heron, and the other a crane -- very tough to tell apart when they are both coloured gold.

The letters should be in an arch.
Dean McGee, 2 November 2005

The image is of a paper flag, scanned directly (which explains the staples at the hoist). Notice that the cloth flag is 1:2, but the paper flag is more like 2:3. Local flag manufacturers (mostly The Flag Shop) make most of their flags in 1:2, but desk flags (maybe different manufacturers) make most desk flags in 4"x6" (Pitt municipal hall also sent me a 4"x6" cloth desk flag of the old design.

About the arms:

The shield shows a border (orle) to represent the dykes which protect the low-lying community from the Pitt and Fraser Rivers. The horizontal bars represent the railway line which goes through the middle of Pitt Meadows. The passenger train (WestCoast Express) which runs from the Northeast suburbs (incl. Pitt) uses purple and yellow colours; this /may/ have influenced the colouring of the arms --- also, Pitt is one of the last local communities to be granted a coat of arms, and most colour combinations were taken.

The motto comes from the early, quasi-heraldic emblem, and the water birds supporting the arms are appropriate for a community built on a floodplain, and the plants in the compartment are blueberries and cranberries, which are grown commercially in the area (and thrive in boggy conditions).
Dean McGee, 11 January 2006

Former flag

[former flag of Pitt Meadows] image by Dean McGee, 2 November 2005
Source: Photograph of flag by illustrator

The former flag has the quasi-heraldic emblem on a White bedsheet.
Dean McGee, 2 November 2005

Heraldic Grant

[former flag of Pitt Meadows] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 2 November 2005
Source: Governor-General's website


Pitt Meadows, British Columbia
Grant of Arms, Supporters, Flag and Badge
March 15, 2004
Vol. IV, p. 364

Description: Purpure within an orle embattled outward, a heron's head erased Or;

Image: at Governor-General's website

The coat of arms is: Purpure a fess couped bretessed and voided within an orle embattled outward Or; Supporters: Dexter a heron, sinister a sandhill crane, each Or, beaked and membered Purpure, gorged with a wreath of maple leaves Gules and dogwood flowers Argent, standing on a mound of earth Or set with cranberry and blueberry sprigs proper issuant from barry wavy Azure and Argent

Pascal Vagnat, 1 August 2005

The flag is not a banner of the arms and it is thus blazoned "Purpure within an orle embattled outward, a heron's head erased Or"
António Martins-Tuválkin, 2 November 2005