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On Tuesday, May 4, 1999 Their Excellencies, Governor General Roméo LeBlanc and Mrs. Diana Fowler LeBlanc visited the District of Maple Ridge to present the new coat of arms to the District, in our 125th year. Robert Watt, Chief Herald, read a proclamation for the new coat of arms. The Governor General unveiled and signed the coat of arms and signed and presented the new flag to His Worship Carl Durksen, Mayor of Maple Ridge.
The line forms a "ridge" of peaks with the nearby Golden Ears mountain in the centre. The Fraser River is symbolized at the base and the namesake maple at the centre using both a broad leaf maple and flowers from the vine maple.top
Crest (above the shield)
The red coronet at the base of the crest has a double meaning, as the traditional heraldic symbol for municipal government and as a salute to Haney Brick and Tile, and by extension, pioneer industry. Haney House symbolizes the pioneer settlement and Victorian beginnings of the community.top
Created by the Coat of Arms Committee from a suggestion by Mr. Peter Mussallem, the motto combines a geographic statement with comments about the nature of the District's prosperity and amenities. The phrase summarizes the core meaning of the coat of arms.top
Compartment and Supports (at either side and at the base of the shield)
The grass represents the lands of the District with Kanaka Falls at the centre and the rivers below. The horse and deer were suggestions arising from the public consultation. They are coloured in pure heraldic colours to match the shield and can be taken to represent pioneer transport and current recreations (horse) and natural heritage (deer). The strawberry flowers on the supporter's collar honour the early berry industry, the dogwood salutes B.C., the railway is represented via the wheel and forestry through the sawmill blade.top
In the classic manner of heraldry, the flag is composed of a banner divided in the same fashion as the shield but coloured opposite, gold above and blue below with a large shield of the District in the centre and a border of blue and gold at the edge reinforcing the central message of the symbolism of the shield.top
This takes one of the most important elements of the shield and adds a river symbol. The broad leaf maple leaf and vine maple flowers are shown. On the leaf are two narrow wavy bands of white. The whole is placed on a gold circle with a sawtooth edge. The symbolism is of Maple Ridge, by the river and near the golden peaks.top
Coat of Arms