Flamborough Flag and Coat of Arms
The Waterdown-East Flamborough Heritage Society initiated the process to create a Coat of Arms as well as a flag for the communities of Flamborough.
The society established a committee of interested groups and individuals, representing all the areas of Flamborough, to create the symbols and slogan for the Heraldic Coat of Arms.
The Coat of Arms is essentially the shield, the other elements around the shield are optional, however, they need to follow the very strict guidelines of heraldic design.
The Arms: A white shield with a green pine tree between two blue wavy triangles, rising from the base with their points converging toward the top of the shield.
- The top portion of the shield is green with a triangular notch in the middle, pointing upwards, charged with two gold crowns of maple leaves.
- The division line of the shield recalls the dormer of an Ontario Cottage, a nineteenth-century vernacular architectural style common in the former town of Flamborough. It also appears in the logo of the Waterdown-East Flamborough Heritage Society.
- The shape also represents a plough moving through green turf, a reference to the early pioneers of this area.
- The green part of the shield represents the agricultural heritage of the community, as well as the many natural areas, especially the Beverly Swamp.
- The coronets depict the community's place in Canada's history and its connections with the British and Canadian Crowns.
- The pine tree appeared on a number of previous seals and arms of Flamborough's communities and represents the White Pines that dominated the landscape.
- The four wavy lines represent the four major creeks and waterfalls of the region. By their convergence, they also represent the amalgamation of the three townships and the village of Waterdown that were joined to create the town of Flamborough in 1974.
Crest: A representation of the "Cobblestone Bridge" at Webster's Falls - a major landmark in the Flamborough region.
Motto: "UNITED WE THRIVE" - developed by students from Greenville Public School and Rehoboth Christian School, as well as Kyle Menegaldo.
Supporters: On the left side of the shield is a horse and on the right a great blue heron. Both are wearing a medallion around their necks, depicting a blue arrowhead. They stand on a platform representing the Niagara Escarpment, charged with three red trilliums rising from a bed of green violets.
- The horse symbolizes the early pioneers of the Flamborough area and the continuing importance and contribution of agriculture. It also illustrates the importance of the horse in development of the area.
- The Great Blue Heron is a common sight in the area marshes and along the waterways of the community.
- The arrowheads recall the Aboriginal People of the 'Neutral' and 'Attawandaron' nations, who were the first human inhabitants of the Flamborough-Beverly area.
- The eastern green violet represents the Beverly Swamp, which is home to a provincially significant concentration of the rare flower.
- The trillium is the provincial flower of Ontario and the red variety is found in abundance in the Flamborough area.
- The number of trilliums represents the three areas (Dundas, Aldershot & Clyde) annexed from Flamborough into surrounding communities.
Flag: The flag is a re-interpretation of the main symbols of the coat of arms.