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Source: Canadian City Flags, Raven 18
Prince George is the largest city in northern British Columbia, Canada, and is the "Northern Capital" of BC.
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.
The flag of the City of Prince George is divided horizontally by
two wavy stripes of golden yellow over blue, each one-tenth the height of the
flag, with nine undulations. Above them is a blue field with two large white
stylized snowflakes centred on the left and right sides; below them is a golden
yellow field with a large cinquefoil (a five-pointed heraldic flower with wavy
petals), in blue highlighted in white, in the centre.
Jim Croft, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011
based on Canadian Heraldic Authority
The flag is based upon the shield of the city's coat-of-arms.
The shield is described on the city of Prince George web site as
The colours blue and gold were chosen since blue suggests the waters of the rivers and gold the wealth and prosperity of the City and its region. The two wavy bars are a reference to the rivers - Fraser and Nechako - flowing together. Above are two snowflake crystals which tie in with the motto of the a city, central to British Columbia, through which the development of the north is taking place. In the base or point of the shield is the 'fraise'. This was intended as a pun pr play on the name of the founder, Simon Fraser. The same heraldic charge may be seen in the coats of arms of Simon Fraser University and in the District of Coquitlam for the same reason.
Per fess wavy Azure and Or a fess wavy counterchanged of the field between in chief two snowflakes Argent and in base a fraise Azure;
A mural crown Or masoned Sable charged with a locomotive wheel Sable issuant therefrom a moose head affronty Or;
Upon a mount Vert set with Common Red Paintbrush (Castilleja miniata) and dexter a lodgepole pine bough and sinister a white spruce bough both fructed all proper rising above barry wavy Argent and Azure charged with a salmon leaping also proper dexter a bald eagle the body proper winged per fess embattled Or and Azure ducally crowned Or sinister an osprey the body proper similarly winged and crowned;
SHAPING A NORTHERN DESTINY
Source: Canadian Heraldic Authority