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Moncton, New Brunswick (Canada)

Last modified: 2018-07-13 by rob raeside
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[Moncton flag] 1:2 image by Eugene Ipavec
Source: Canadian City Flags, Raven 18

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Moncton

Located in Westmorland county, Moncton is the largest city in the province of New Brunswick. Situated in the Petitcodiac River Valley, Moncton lies at the geographic centre of the Maritime Provinces.


Current Flag

Text and image(s) from Canadian City Flags, Raven 18 (2011), courtesy of the North American Vexillological Association, which retains copyright. Image(s) by permission of Eugene Ipavec.

Design

The flag of the City of Moncton has a blue field with a white disc in the centre, nine-tenths the height of the flag, bearing the city’s full coat of arms. The arms have a rococo shield bordered in yellow, with four quarters. The first quarter is blue over white with a yellow beehive atop a yellow ground and bees in the sky; the second is red with three wheat sheaves in yellow, two over one; the third is white with a locomotive in brown spouting steam, over a white and brown ground; the fourth is white with a geographic feature in brown above a natural representation of waves in blue and white, arranged diagonally. Above the shield is a crest of an arm in white, over a yellow torse, holding a yellow hammer. Supporting the shield on either side are working men with tools—a blacksmith with a hammer and anvil on the left and a farmer with a scythe standing on grain on the right. Below is a wavy ribbon in red with forked ends, inscribed MONCTON in black sans-serif letters. Just above the ribbon is a curved rectangular panel inscribed RESURGO in similar but slightly smaller letters.
Luc Baronian, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011

Symbolism

The city’s documentation interprets the arms:

Moncton’s official coat of arms commemorates our early beginning as an agricultural centre, with the beehive and wheat sheaves in the upper quadrants. Our railway heritage is symbolized by the steam locomotive at the lower left, while our world-famous Tidal Bore is depicted at lower right. [The Tidal Bore is a regularly-occurring wave which travels up the river on the incoming tide, due to the extreme tides of the Bay of Fundy, and which once reached over 6 feet high.] The blacksmith and farmer represent the value placed on labour in our community. The Latin motto Resurgo means “I rise again”, a testament to Moncton’s rebirth after the collapse of the shipbuilding industry. It was only after the arrival of the Inter-Colonial Railway that Moncton “Rose Again” and in 1875 was again incorporated as a town, becoming a city in 1890.
Luc Baronian, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011

Information and image of the coat of arms thanks to Susan Doucet, Executive Secretary/Assistant City Clerk.
Valentin Poposki, 4 January 2010

Selection

Unknown. The arms have not been granted officially.
Luc Baronian, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011

I took a photo in April 2005, though I first saw this flag in August 2004.
Luc Baronian, 5 June 2005

Designer

Unknown.
Luc Baronian, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011

Variant Flags

[Moncton flag] 1:2 image by Eugene Ipavec
Source: Canadian City Flags, Raven 18

[Moncton flag] 1:2 image by Eugene Ipavec
Source: Canadian City Flags, Raven 18

The depiction of the arms on the flag has varied over time, and the flag originally read VILLE DE MONCTON on an arched ribbon above the arms and CITY OF MONCTON on a three-part ribbon below, all in white sans-serif letters on red.
Luc Baronian, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011
 
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