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Peterborough, Ontario (Canada)

Peterborough County

Last modified: 2017-07-04 by rob raeside
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[Peterborough, Ontario] image by Rob Raeside, 7 June 2017

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Peterborough, population 81032 in 2016, lies in Peterborough County, southern Ontario, 125 kilometres northeast of Toronto and about 270 kilometers southwest of Ottawa on Highway 7.

The flag is a banner of arms, blazoned, "Vert a sword point downwards Argent pommel and hilt Or surmounted by a fess barry wavy of six Argent and Azure." The green field represents Ireland, ancestral home of many early residents, and recognises Samuel de Champlain (French: champs = field), who explored the area in 1615. The sword is in recognition of the soldiers who fought in the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812, who later settled the area. The wavy stripes represent the Otonabee River and the many lakes in the area.
The flag was adopted on 7 August 1986, when three Ontario communities were in competition to have the highest percentage of their citizenry involved in physical activity - the flag of the winning city was to be flown at the city halls of the other two cities (Timmins, Belleville). Peterborough won and needed a flag to complete the job. The coat of arms was adopted in 1951.
The flag is shown as 1:2 in "Canadian City Flags" and 3:4 on Wikipedia. I have drawn it as 1:2, a much more common dimension in Canada.
Rob Raeside, 7 June 2017