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Port Hope, Ontario (Canada)

Northumberland County

Last modified: 2022-11-12 by rob raeside
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[Port Hope, Ontario] image by Masao Okazaki, 13 October 2022

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The Municipality

The municipality (township) of Port Hope (16,214 inhabitants in 2011; 27,903 ha) was formed on 1 January 2001 as the merger of the town of Port Hope and the township of Hope, under the transient name of Port Hope and Hope.
Ivan Sache, 16 April 2017

Description of the flag

From the municipal website (PDF Format):

Mayor Rick Austin officiated at the inaugural raising of the new flag for the Municipality of Port Hope on October 13, 2006 R. Carl Cannon, CAO noted, "Earlier this year Council, by resolution, the development of a Municipal flag utilizing the Corporate logo situated in a central location flanked by green bands. The logo was previously approved in 2002 and reflects the unified Municipality and its rolling and treed hills located in the rural area with the urban area as represented by the Town Hall clock tower and the shores of Lake Ontario, all within a stylized window frame. Public input had been sought and received through the flag development process."

The flag will be flown at the Town Hall and other Municipal facility sites as well as potentially being on display for special events and ceremonies.

Valentin Poposki, 26 January 2007

Flag photo posted by Jonathan Good on Flags and Vexillology Facebook group page:

Masao Okazaki, 13 October 2022

[Port Hope, Ontario] image by Ivan Sache, 16 April 2017

An earlier version of the flag used a different type face.
Masao Okazaki, 13 October 2022

Former Flag

[Port Hope, Ontario] image by Peter Orenski, 17 November 2012
based on research and information provided by James Croft and Kevin Harrington

From the official website of Port Hope, Ontario:

Although the first devices specifically created for Canada by the traditional heraldic officers of the Sovereign date from the seventeenth century, only since 1988, has there been an indigenous Canadian Heraldic Authority to grant new coats of arms.

In March 1990 the Town of Port Hope sought such a grant of Arms to replace the unofficial device that the Town has long used to identify itself, and the grant was duly made by the chief Herald of Canada on January 18, 1991.

Following traditional practice, the grant assigns to the Town Arms, Crest, Motto, Supporters, Badge, and Flag. These retain some of the important symbols, both historically and geographically, with which citizen's of Port Hope has associated themselves or many years, and add new links to the Town's namesake, Colonel Henry Hope.

The flag displays the Arms bordered in blue on a gold and blue banner which reverses the pattern of the Arms themselves.

researched by Phil Nelson, 11 June 2000

The (former) flag and arms of Port Hope were inscribed on 18 January 1991 on the Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges, Vol. II, p. 83. The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on May 4, 1991, in Vol. 125, p. 1,485 of the Canada Gazette.

Or on a Canadian pale between two anchors azure a young woman robed and standing on a mound argent her sinister hand supporting an anchor azure.
A mural crown azure masoned and with three ports argent rising therefrom a mast flying a pennant or and a sail argent bearing the arms of the town.
On a compartment of a stone harbour barrier proper rising above lake waters azure crested argent two deer argent semé of chevrons azure attired and unguled or gorged with a Loyalist civil coronet gules.
SPES ANCHORA TUTA. This Latin phrase means "Hope is a safe anchor".
Azure on a Canadian pale or an escutcheon of the arms fimbriated azure.

Artist Information
Creator(s): Original concept of Robert D. Watt, Chief Herald of Canada, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority
Painter: Anatol Kozlowski
Calligrapher: John Whitehead - Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges

Ivan Sache, 16 April 2017