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Pointe-Claire (Quebec)

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[Pointe-Claire flag] image by Ivan Sache, 29 March 2017

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The municipality

The municipality of Pointe-Claire (31,380 inhabitants in 2016; 1,894 ha) is in the western part of Montreal Island.

Pointe-Claire was settled in 1698-1699 by French colonists. In 1706, the forest was cleared to establish a road along Lake Saint-Louis, from La Présentation to the island's tip. The parish of Saint-François-de-Sales was erected in 1713, to be renamed Saint-Joachim-de-la-Pointe-Claire the next year. The municipality of the parish of Saint-Joachim-de-la-Pointe-Claire was established in 1845, to be abolished two years later. The municipality of the village of Saint-Joachim-de-la-Pointe-Claire was established in 1854, while the municipality of the parish of Saint-Joachim-de-la-Pointe-Claire was re-established next year.
Pointe-Claire was incorporated to the Town of Montreal on 31 December 2001; on 20 June 2004, the citizens of Pointe-Claire voted for the re)establishment of the municipality, which was re-inaugurated on 1 January 2006.
Municipal website
Ivan Sache, 2 April 2021

The flag

The mill on the flag is "Moulin Fleming", a site protected by the Quebec government since 1983. The logo was adopted on September 14 1982. I made the GIF based on a photo taken by Ben Koorengevel. In 1999, I saw a different version in a Montreal Urban Community building: the mill is different and inside is a white disk on a red field; inside the disk, above the mill, is the inscription POINTE-CLAIRE and under the mill, LE VIEUX MOULIN, both in a semi-circle black lettering. Beaudoin reports yet another version.

Reference: François Beaudoin, Symboles de la Communauté urbaine de Montréal, Vexilla Belgica, 1982.

Luc Baronian, 9 May 2005

The logo of Pointe-Clare was modernized in 2015.
The stylized lines below the mill represent a moving and evolving society, recalling both Lake Saint-John and the highways going through the municipal territory. The design's simplicity and purity, as well as the peaceful colors, emphasize the outstanding quality of Pointe-Claire's natural environment.

The feudal windmill was erected in 1709 on a plot belonging by the Order of St. Sulpice, then lord of Montreal Island. They appointed a miller who paid them an annuity. In 1837, Amable Saint-Julien, a farmer from Rigaud, acquired the mill and the neighboring domain. The mill was eventually transferred in 1866 to the Congregation of Our Lady.
Deemed not profitable, the mill was then used as a watch tower against Iroquois raids and a pumping station for the convent's aqueduct. In 1967, architect Marc Angers designed new sails, based on the Verchères and Ïle-aux-Coudres mill.
Among the last 20 windmills in Quebec, the Pointe-Claire mill was registered on 8 April 1982 as cultural heritage.
Municipal website
Ivan Sache, 2 April 2021

Former Flag

[Pointe-Claire flag] image by Ivan Sache, 29 March 2017