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Province : British Columbia
Arms: Azure on a Canadian fess wavy Or an eagle displayed Azure armed and tufted Argent charged on each wing with a fountain
Crest: Issuant from a mural coronet Argent masoned Gules charged with fraises in fess Gules a demi lion Gules armed and langued Azure bearing between the forepaws a staff Or flying a banner of the Arms
Supporters: On a grassy compartment dexter a stag Or gorged with a collar of rhododendron flowers Gules sinister a doe Or with a like collar
Motto: BY RIVER AND SEA RISE BURNABY
The arms were officially granted on April 24, 1991 to the District of Burnaby and confirmed on April 15, 2005, for the city of Burnaby.
The arms symbolise the local geographical situation. The blue of the Inlet to the north and the Fraser to the south is separated by the gold of the land, representing both the riches of nature and those created by human effort. The eagle, symbolizing the spirit of the whole community, also refers to Burnaby Mountain–home to beautiful surroundings and wildlife. The wings of the eagle are decorated with heraldic fountains – one each for Deer Lake and Burnaby Lake.
The crest blends symbols that honour Burnaby's past with others representing civic government. The red and white colours represent Canada. They're also featured in the 16th century coat of arms of the ancestors of the man for whom our city is named, Robert Burnaby.
The crown of silver stones is the symbol for municipal corporations. It's decorated with strawberry flowers – a nod to the strawberry farms once found across Burnaby that are now the market gardens by the Fraser River. These are also featured in the arms of the Fraser Clan; Simon Fraser discovered this major BC river that's named after him.
The lion at the top of the crown comes directly from Robert Burnaby's family arms. It honours all the pioneers who settled this area. The lion also represents the spirit of the district government, headed by the mayor and council. The lion is holding the district flag.
The supporters are two deer, male and female, they represent the natural heritage of the district and the men and women who have helped create and preserve Burnaby – their collars of red rhododendrons (Burnaby's official flower) are a specific reference to their support of Burnaby.
The motto, "By River and Sea Rise Burnaby", was found on the first District Seal in 1892, the year of incorporation.
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