Flag of Côte-Saint-Luc
Coat of Arms of
A community's coat of arms should be, one could say, a "signature through pictures". In order to play its full role as a true "portrait" of the town concerned, such a coat of arms must include peculiar designs featuring the town's individuality.
First of all, a characteristic feature of a town is its name. The town of Côte Saint-Luc was named after Saint Luke, one of the four Evangelists, whom Saint John saw, during his apocalyptic vision, in the form of a winged bull. Since then, a winged bull has always remained the symbolic beast of Saint Luke. On the escutcheon of Côte Saint-Luc, the winged bull expresses the very name of the Town.
The lower part of the shield is indicative of the important situation of Côte Saint-Luc as a railroad junction. As stated in the above historical summary, the Canadian Pacific Railway operates in Côte Saint-Luc a vast and ultra-modern freight yard, which is regarded as pattern-setting in the industry. The fact is embodied in the base gyronny argent and sable - the heraldic tinctures for white and black, well known as colours of railroad signals - whose disposition suggests the tracks of a marshalling yard, diverging in every direction.
The crest, formed of ears of wheat, recalls that Côte Saint-Luc owes its origin and growth to agricultural activities and was, until a relatively recent date, almost exclusively a farming community.
The two banners, wavering over both sides of the shield, are symbolic of the double patriotism of Côte Saint-Luc, which is, with every right, proud of being both a modern Canadian town and an old Quebec community.
The motto: "Civibus meis", offers a double and suggestive meaning, as it can be translated either as "For my Citizens", or as "By my Citizens". Through its motto, the Town of Côte Saint-Luc pays tribute to all of its citizens, whose civic mind made possible its splendid development, and gives also expression to its ideal, which is to work, in every way, for the welfare of all the citizens in the community.
Coat of Arms Graphics and Text by:
(City of Montreal website)
Flag and Logo Graphics by: Ben Koorengevel
Côte Saint-Luc has a twin city in Israel called Ashkelon whose arms are depicted below:
Ashkelon Coat of Arms
Ashkelon coat of arms graphic from:
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