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Bridgewater, Nova Scotia (Canada)

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[Bridgewater, Nova Scotia] 1:2 image by Eugene Ipavec
Source: Canadian City Flags, Raven 18

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Bridgewater is a town in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, at the navigable limit of the LaHave River. It is the largest town in the South Shore region, nicknamed "The Main Street of the South Shore."

Current Flag

Text and image(s) from Canadian City Flags, Raven 18 (2011), courtesy of the North American Vexillological Association, which retains copyright. Image(s) by permission of Eugene Ipavec.


The flag of the Town of Bridgewater has a white field with a broad blue saltire (X-shaped cross). The width of the saltire's bars is one-fourth the height of the flag. In the centre is a white section, half the width of the flag, creating an unusual form of the Canadian pale design. It bears a red Canadian maple leaf, over three-fourths the height of the flag. The blue bars in the hoist and fly panels are connected by red trapezoids whose longest sections border the central section. Surmounting the maple leaf is the town seal, slightly less than half the height of the flag: a yellow ring, bordered by a rope on the outside and black dots on the inside, and inscribed TOWN OF BRIDGEWATER N.S. above and INCORPORATED FEB. 13, 1899 below, all in black sans-serif letters. Inside the ring is a naturalistic depiction of the early settlement, showing two buildings in brown with smoke rising from one chimney into a white sky, with a row of trees and rolling hills in green rising from a broad blue river, which in turn is spanned by a bridge in yellow running from the upper right to the lower left.
Rob Raeside, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011


Bridgewater is the largest town on Nova Scotia’s South Shore, and often referred to as “Main Street of the South Shore”. It is located at the navigable limit of the LaHave River and was named for the first bridge built there in the early 1800s. The red trapezoids signify the bridges over the river (for “Bridge”), the blue bars signify both the river (“Water”) and the provincial flag, and the maple leaf comes from the Canadian flag. The town’s seal depicts a small community, nestled in drumlin topography (glacial deposits), with a bridge across the LaHave River prominently displayed.
Rob Raeside
, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011


Adopted by the town council in August 1993.
Rob Raeside
, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011


John and Judith Scott.
Rob Raeside
, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011