Heraldic Symbols

This page explains the symbolism present within the Maple Ridge coat of arms.

On Tuesday, May 4, 1999, Their Excellencies Governor General Roméo LeBlanc and Mrs. Diana Fowler LeBlanc visited the City of Maple Ridge to present the new coat of arms in our 125th year. Chief Herald Robert Watt 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.

  • Arms (shield): 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.
  • 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.
Coat of Arms for Maple Ridge
  • Motto: 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 City's prosperity and amenities. The phrase summarizes the core meaning of the Coat of Arms.
  • Compartment and Supports (at either side and at the base of the shield): The grass represents the lands of the City 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 British Columbia, the railway is represented via the wheel and forestry through the sawmill blade.
  • Flag: 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 City in the centre and a border of blue and gold at the edge reinforcing the central message of the symbolism of the shield.
  • Badge: 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.