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Otterburn Park (Quebec, Canada)

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Otterburn Park flag image by Masao Okazaki, 8 March 2022
based on photo located by Dave Fowler, 8 March 2022

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Otterburn Park is a city in MRC de Vallée-du-Richelieu.
The town of Otterburn Park (6,421 inhabitants in 2016; 670 ha) is located 40 km east of Longueuil.

Otterburn Park is named for a public park established in summer 1885; then the widest public park in Canada, Otterburn Park became a popular place of leisure for the inhabitants of Montreal. On Saturdays and Sundays, the park was served by a special train operated by the Grand Tronc company, which brought people to the Saint-Hilaire station within one hour from Montreal.
On 12 February 1912, David Mason and Ernest Spiller acquired several plots from Bruce Frederick Campbell, Mayor of the parish municipality of Saint-Hilaire. The Hurtubise & Hurtubise company, from Montreal, set up plots of 70 ft x 100 ft, which were soled for 20 USD. Most buyers were employees of the Grand Company railway working in Pointe-Saint-Charles; Otterburn borough became Montreal's first organized suburb. The associates split in 1918; Mason developed the park's southern part, as the Flats, while Spiller developed its northern part, as the Heights.
On 17 December 1949, the municipality of Saint-Hilaire was established; the remaining parish of Saint-Hilaire, mostly inhabited by English-speaking people, was renamed to Otterburn Park on 31 January 1953. Upon its inhabitants' request, a part of the municipality of Saint-Hilaire was incorporated to Otterburn Park on 1 January 1960.
The town of Otterburn Park, adopted on 12 March 1969 by the Municipal Council, was confirmed by Letters Patented issued on 8 April 1969.
Ivan Sache, 9 March 2022

Current Flag

Flag is a logo on white.
Dave Fowler, 8 March 2022

A big photo:
I think this flag dates from 2019, when the new logo appears on the Facebook page.
Masao Okazaki, 8 March 2022

The logo, designed by Rosalie Hamilton, from agency Studio Pink, was adopted on 21 May 2019 by the Municipal Council, succeeding the previous logo that had been used for nearly 40 years.

The logo highlights Otterburn Park's natural environment by the representation of the river and the leaf, which stands both for the town's topography and omnipresent nature. The leaf's stem subtly forms the mountain. It can also be seen as a paintbrush or a writer's quill, symbolizing the great presence of arts in Otterburn Park. It can also represent the Chemin des Patriotes crossing the town and Point Valaine, as well as the historical evocation of the town's perspective (the leaf). It also highlights a town turned towards future.

Black suggests discipline, power, sophistication, success ... and a touch of conservatism. Elegance, vitality, determination, strength, soberness, stability and respect are also conveyed by black. Black affirms self-confidence and transmits this idea.
Blue is associated with water, also representing reliability, confidence and security. Blue shades aspire to calm, peace and serenity.

The thick lettering, expressing force and stability, is associated to a thinner lettering, evoking sweetness and tranquility.

The circle, the semi-circle and the curves convey sweetness, tranquility, friendliness, open-mindedness, dynamism, ascension, plenitude, let go, as well as movement and fluidity, two features offered to the town by the river and by the citizens' active life.
The semi-circle conveys the meeting of two images, meaning ideas' exchange, communication and open-mindedness, which are found in the town's different spheres and among citizens.
The general symbol of the circle is perfection, absolute, infinity and divine. It conveys a very positive, natural and creative image.
Municipal website
Ivan Sache, 9 March 2022

Previous flag

Otterburn Park flag image by Masao Okazaki, 19 February 2022

The flag can be seen with other municipal Quebec flags in this photo:
It shows the logo centered on a white field.
Masao Okazaki, 19 February 2022

This was an older flag (ca. 2013) with the previous circular logo.
Dave Fowler
, 8 March 2022