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Rivière-Ouelle, Quebec (Canada)

Ville de Rivière-Ouelle

Last modified: 2020-12-12 by rob raeside
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[Ville de Rivière-Ouelle] image by Masao Okazaki, 26 November 2020

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The Municipality

Rivière-Ouelle is a town located in the Kamouraska Regional County Municipality within the Bas-Saint-Laurent region of Quebec. It is located on the Saint Lawrence River; the Ouelle River flows through the town.

City flag

Photos of this flag were posted to the FOTW FB group by Luc Vartan Baronian:

Information about the flag elements can be found here:

Blue waves: The movement of water, sinuosity of the river, waves on the river. The lands crossed by the river.
Lozenges: The landscape of a sunset with its reflection on the water of the river. The union of diamonds symbolizes the dynamism of the community.
Script character: Tribute to the past and the people of today.
Its colors:
   Blue: The river.
   Green: Agriculture, roots and heritage.
   Orange yellow: The energy, quality of life and dynamism of the territory.

Ivan Sache, 27 November 2020

Previous flag

[Ville de Rivière-Ouelle] image by Masao Okazaki, 26 November 2020

Coat of arms

"[Per pale], 1. Azure semé with fleurs-de-lis or, 2. Gules two wheat spikes or in base a porpoise [of the same]. A pallet wavy argent superimposed."

Motto: "labeur et valeur" [labor and valor].
The motto summarizes both past and present, work and rest, effort and success, active and passive, endeavoring youth and wise old age. From the work of centenary plows emerged a country for valuable men and women.

The three colors, blue, white and red, emphasize the French origin in Rivière-Ouelle. The blue background covered with fleurs-de-lis recalls the French origin of the country and of the part of the country constituting River-Ouelle. The blue background also recalls the pacific character of people and of the environment, as a symbol of the tradition element.
The fleurs-de-lis on a blue background symbolize Rivière-Ouelle's elder involved in justice, politic, letters, the church...

The red background highlights the country's other historical period, the English domination. The red background symbolizes love and courage. It also indicates a transforming element of progress, even of revolution. A symbol of change.

The white pallet highlights in a bright way the municipality of Rivière-Ouelle, which is strongly characterized by the river that crosses and divides it. It also symbolizes the link, the municipality's creating element, the synthesis obtained by the meeting of the values of tradition and change. While blue and red symbolize the past, white (argent) is the element of present. Length, permanency. Active vs. passive.

The wheat spike indicate that agriculture was and still is the main source of income for the municipality of Rivière-Ouelle.
The fish recalls that fishing (especially of porpoise) was, after agriculture, and still is, an essential concern. The land and the sea, which fed the inhabitants, are placed on a red background to highlight the struggle for life, sometimes laborious and sometimes violent.

Ivan Sache, 27 November 2020