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Civic heraldry of Canada
Province : British Columbia
Arms: Per fess Azure and Argent issuant from a base barry wavy Azure and Argent two piles reversed counterchanged
Crest: A demi-mountain caribou Azure attired and unguled Or its dexter hoof resting on a barrel Or
Supporters: Two trumpeter swans Argent beaked and membered Sable their wings elevated and addorsed Or, standing on a mount of wheat and conifer branches fructed proper
Motto: VALLEY OF THE SWANS
The arms were officially granted on July 15, 2008.
The blue and white wavy bars in the base refer to the Kootenay River and Lake. The triangular shapes symbolize the snow-capped peaks of the Purcell and Selkirk Ranges.
The mountain caribou refers to the rare small herd that exists in the mountains nearby. The barrel celebrates the central place of Columbia Brewing in the economy of Creston.
The swans are a reference to the birds that gave their name to the valley. The conifer branches and the wheat symbolize the significance of forestry and farming to the community.
The motto is a tribute to the original name of the valley, “Valley of the Swan”, before Creston was incorporated.