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Saint-Charles-de-Bellechasse, Quebec (Canada)

Municipalité de Saint-Charles-de-Bellechasse

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[Saint-Charles-de-Bellechasse coat of arms] image by Ivan Sache, 29 March 2017

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The municipality

The municipality of Saint-Charles-de-Bellechasse (2,396 inhabitants in 2016; 9,361 ha) is located 20 km south-east of Lévis.
Ivan Sache, 29 March 2017

The flag

This municipality was granted a flag, arms and supporters by the Canadian Heraldic Authority on October 15, 2001, according to the Canada Gazette.
Luc Baronian, 11 June 2005

Coat of Arms

[Saint-Charles-de-Bellechasse coat of arms] contributed by Luc Baronian

The flag and arms of Saint-Charles-de-Bellechasse were inscribed on 15 October 2001 on the Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges, Vol. IV, p. 141. The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on February 22, 203, in Vol. 137, p. 2518 of the Canada Gazette.

Azure on a fess bretessed between in chief two hunting horns and in base a church steeple argent, a bar wavy vert

Issuant from a circle the upper rim set alternately with garbs and maple leaves or, an open book argent bound azure

Two stags on a grassy mound proper

Ce qui sera est déjà

A banner of the arms

The blue, white and green colours are those of the logo used by the municipality. These colours, when combined, give the arms a modern look. The crenellated band symbolises the railway constructed by the Grand Trunk and which promoted economic development and communication. It also underscores the status of Saint-Charles-de-Bellechasse as a hub for the provision and export of goods in the region over many years. The wavy band refers to the particular geographic site of the municipality and to the Boyer River, which spans its entire length from east to west. The combination of the two bands therefore represents the two major original means of communication. The hunting horns allude to the name Bellechasse (literally “good hunt”). Moreover, the horns are stylized heraldic figures associated with the world of regulated aristocratic hunting since the Middle Ages. The steeple recognizes the role of the curés [parish priests] as the main agents behind the development of Saint-Charles-de-Bellechasse in social, religious and educational fields for more than 200 years. The steeple also recalls the parish’s patron saint, St. Charles Borromeo, Cardinal of Milan.

The book attests to the fact that public schools have existed in Saint-Charles-de-Bellechasse for 250 years. The coronet of wheat sheaves and maple leaves indicates that the basic means of development and subsistence of the town has been agriculture. It further refers to the flourmills and sawmills that are part of the past and present history of the town. The maple leaves underline the importance of the forestry and the maple syrup industries.

The stags are a reference to the arms of Seigneur Charles Couillard de Beaumont, after whom the town was named.

Meaning “What will be is here now”, this phrase was chosen by the town’s arms committee.

Artist Information
Creator(s): Original concept of Claire Boudreau, Saint-Laurent Herald, assisted by the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority
Painter: Linda Nicholson
Calligrapher: Judith Bainbridge. - Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges

Ivan Sache, 29 March 2017