Last modified: 2003-08-16 by phil nelson
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by Blas Delgado
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
City of Maple Ridge, BC
researched by Phil Nelson - 03 July, 1999