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image by Peter Orenski,
20 November 2012
based on research and information provided by James Croft and Kevin Harrington
"Niagara Falls is a Canadian city on the Niagara River in the Golden
Horseshoe region of Southern Ontario. The municipality was incorporated on June
12, 1903. Across the Niagara River is Niagara Falls, New York. The city had a
population of 82,184 in the Canada 2006 Census." - from Wikipedia:
The flag is white with full coat of arms on it: http://www.niagarathisweek.com/print/656292
Official city website: http://www.niagarafalls.ca
Valentin Poposki, 9 July 2011
The coat of arms used on the flag is different from the one registered on 15
May 2006 the Public Register of Arms, Flags, and Badges, Vol. V, p. 20.
Argent three pallets wavy azure, on a chief enarched three pallets counterchanged;
Issuant from a mural crown argent masoned azure charged with maple leaves gules and hurts bearing mullets argent, a thunderbolt or;
Two lions or each holding a lightning bolt argent and standing on a rocky mound proper;
TREAD THE SMOOTHER WAYS OF PEACE;
The design is a symbolic representation of the Canadian, or Horseshoe, Falls, the City’s most famous feature and one of the natural wonders of the world. The top part indicates the flowing water of the Niagara River, the division line the shape of the Horseshoe Falls, and the lower part the tumbling water as it goes over the Falls.
The mural crown is a traditional symbol of municipal authority. The maple leaves and stars indicate Niagara Falls’ status as a border city, across from the city of the same name in New York State. The thunderbolt is a symbol derived from classical mythology. It alludes to the name Niagara, thought to mean “thunder of water” in the aboriginal Neutral language. It also reinforces the idea of electrical power as expressed in the lightning bolts held by the supporters.
The lions have been used by the City since 1939, and the lightning bolts refer to the importance of hydro-electric power generated by the Falls. As gold lions are found in the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom and of Canada, they also allude to the important role the Niagara region played in the defence of Canada during the War of 1812, such as at the Battle of Lundy’s Lane in what is now Niagara Falls. The rocky ground on which the lions stand alludes to the Niagara Gorge.
This sentence is taken from Dr. Arthur William Fisher’s poem “Niagara”, published in 1924. As Niagara Falls is the most famous border city in Canada, this alludes to the peaceful relationship with the United States, valued particularly in a region that saw terrible battles in the War of 1812. This motto can serve as an exhortation to all citizens to advance the cause of peace.
Canada Gazette Information
The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on November 18, 2006, in Volume 140, page 3686 of the Canada Gazette.
Original concept of Bruce Patterson, Saguenay Herald, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority
http://archive.gg.ca/heraldry/pub-reg/project.asp?lang=e&ProjectID=1034 - Public Register of Arms, Flags, and Badges
Ivan Sache, 23 November 2012