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The municipality of Bécancour (13,301 inhabitants in 2016;44,100 ha) is
located on the southern bank of river Saint-Laurent, facing Trois-Rivières. The
municipality was established on 17 October 1965 as the merger of the former
villages of Bécancour, Gentilly, Larochelle, and Laval, and of the former
parishes of Bécancourt, Sainte-Angèle-de-Laval, Saint-Édouard-de-Gentilly,
Sainte-Gertrude, Saint-Grégoire-le-Grand, and Très-Précieux-Sang-de-Notre-Seigneur.
The municipality is known for its business park (7,000 ha), mostly dedicated to
heavy industries, and associated port of commerce, managed by the State-owned
company SPIPB (Société du Parc industriel et portuaire de Bécancour) Gentilly
was the site of the only nuclear power plant in Quebec, Gentilly-2, operated
from 1983 to 2012 by the State-owned company Hydro-Québec.
Bécancour, established in 1647 is named for its first lord, Pierre Robineau de Bécancour, Grand Voyer of Nouvelle-France. The village was settled by Acadians and Abenakis, a native tribe expelled from Maine. Bécancour is the death place of the explorer and fur trader Nicolas Perrot (c. 1,644-1717; http://www.biographi.ca/fr/bio.php?BioId=35152 - Complete biography), author of "Mémoire sur les mœurs, coustumes et rellgion des sauvages de l’Amérique septentrionale".
Bécancour is the birth place of the naturalist Léon Provancher (1820-1892; http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio.php?id_nbr=6378 - Complete biography), who founded in 1868 "Le Naturaliste canadien", the oldest French-language scientific journal in Canada, and published "Petite faune entomologique du Canada", a description of every species of Canadian insect known at the time.
https://www.becancour.net/ - Municipal website
Ivan Sache, 26 March 2017
Masao Okazaki, 17 October 2020
The town's new graphic identity was adapted in 2014.
The heart symbolizes:
- the inhabitants' human values;
- their friendly nature, generosity and voluntary help;
- their passion and commitment to the town;
The wheat spike emphasizes the central role of agriculture for the town's economy and identity.
The tree symbolizes:
- life and growth;
- the numerous parks located on the municipal territory;
- the town's environmental sensitivity;
- fruits in the tree: fertility and prosperity;
- fruits in the tree: the dynamism of agrotourism industry.
The cogwheel symbolizes:
- the town's industrial capacity;
- movement transmission: force, willingness and development;
- six cogs: six interdependent branches, which are strong together.
A tractor wheel (agriculture) and a flower (environment) can also be seen.
- the resource supplied by a 32 km long shore, including the Saint Lawrence, lakes and rivers;
- the potential of watercourses for leisure tourism;
- moving waves: force and well-being.
Furrows (soil fertility, agriculture) can also be seen.
The official specifications for the green color are:
CMYK 90 - 0 - 100 - 10
Pantone PMS 2426
RGB 0 140 21
The "preferred" logo shall have the symbols placed at the writing's left. The logo with centered symbols, as used on the flag, is also prescribed on the Charter.
Ivan Sache, 18 October 2020
image by Masao Okazaki, 17 October 2020
The previous flag of Bécancour was white with the municipal arms and the writing "VILLE
DE . BÉCANCOUR", in green letters, and, in base, a green stripe surmounted by
two white and green wavy stripes.
The arms of Bécancour were adopted in 1967. Green represents agriculture, recalling that 75% of the municipal territory is dedicated to agriculture. The wheel represents the industrialization of the town, the upper, half-wheel can also symbolize a rising sun over a new horizon. The waves represent river Saint-Laurent.
https://www.becancour.net/vie-municipale/profil-general/armoiries/ - Municipal website
Ivan Sache, 26 March 2017
This flag appears to be the flag still in use, based on several 2021
photographs posted on the city Facebook page.
Dave Fowler, 18 February 2022