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L'Épiphanie, Quebec (Canada)


Last modified: 2022-02-26 by rob raeside
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[L'Épiphanie flag] image by Masao Okazaki, 13 February 2022
based on photo and photo located by Dave Fowler, 13 February 2022

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The Municipality

The Town of L'Épiphanie (8,920 inhabitants in 2020; 5,817 ha) is located 50 km north of Montreal. The Town was established on 23 May 2018 as the merger of the former Town and Parishes of L'Épiphanie, reuniting the municipality split in 1921. The Village of L'Épiphanie was elevated a Town in 1967.

L'Épiphanie was established in 1853 as parish part of the vast domain of Achigan, which had been founded in 1732 by the Sulpicians. The name of the parish was coined by Ignace Bourget (1799-1885), Bishop of Montreal from 1840 to 1876, "recalling" that the Sulpicians perceived tax on Three Kings' Day. The first church and presbytery were built in 1857, initiating the parish's social organization.
L'Épiphanie boomed in the 19th century with the development of railway. The lines exploited by the Grand Nord (subsequently, Canadian National) and the North Shore (Subs., Canadian Pacific) railway companies crossed in the town. Every Sunday evening, the villagers used to go to the station to greet the commuting passengers.
Municipal website
Ivan Sache, 14 February 2022

The flag

Flag is the municipal logo (minus the text) on a dark blue flag.
Dave Fowler, 13 February 2022

The star was chosen as a reference to the town's arms, motto (Latin, "Vidimus Stellam", "We Saw a Star"), and name. It is also a symbol of light and duration, which indicates the way ahead.

The star's eight branches refer to the universal symbolic of cosmic balance associated with number eight. For Christian, number seven refers to the Old Testament, while number eight refers to the New Testament. Number eight announces beatitude of the future century, the future eternal era, and therefore alludes to the town's name.
The graphic design both fills and aerate the space, and plays with transparency and compactness. Firmly anchored in reality, the star is not closed. The composing lines, drawn with a broadening effect, conveys an ascending, dynamic soaring movement.

In compliance with tradition, the star shall be yellow on a white or blue background. It should be used alone as self-standing, or as a simple complement to the town's name

On the arms, the star recalls the Bethlehem star and the Sulpicians.
Municipal website
Ivan Sache, 14 February 2022


[Logo] image located by Dave Fowler, 13 February 2022