Coat of arms of New Brunswick


The original coat of arms of New Brunswick was granted to New Brunswick by a Royal Warrant of Queen Victoria on May 26, 1868.[1] The provincial flag is a banner of the arms.

The Arms of New Brunswick
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Badge of the Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick.svg
ArmigerElizabeth II in Right of New Brunswick
Adopted1868, augmented 1966 and 1984
CrestUpon a helm with wreath or and gules within a coronet comprising 4 maple leaves (3 manifest) set upon a rim of water barry wavy azure and argent leaping an atlantic salmon, upholding on its back our Royal Crown, both proper mantled gules doubled Or.
BlazonOr, on waves barry wavy azure and argent, a lymphad proper, on a chief gules, a lion passant guardant Or
SupportersOn either side a white tailed deer, each gorged with a collar of Maliseet wampum, proper and pendant an escutcheon, that to the dexter bearing our union badge and that to the sinister the arms Azure 3 fleurs-de-lis Or, otherwise France modern.
CompartmentComprising a grassy mount with the floral emblem of the said Province of New Brunswick, the purple violet and young ostrich fern (commonly called fiddlehead) growing all proper.
[It] has restored hope


The original coat of arms, consisting solely of the shield, was based on the design of the Great Seal of New Brunswick, which featured a sailing ship.[2]

The achievement of arms was augmented with crest and motto by an Order in Council of then-Lieutenant Governor John Babbitt McNair in 1966.[1] The supporters and compartment were added by Royal Warrant of Queen Elizabeth II on 24 September 1984,[1] and presented to the province in a public ceremony in Fredericton the following day to mark the province's bicentennial.[2][3]



The crest, an Atlantic salmon that is leaping, sits on a golden helmet and a coronet of maple leaves, and is marked with St. Edward's crown, all three symbols of royal authority.


The shield features a lion passant in chief, commemorating both England (whose arms feature three such lions) and Brunswick (whose arms have two). The principal charge is an ancient galley, symbolizing the maritime province's links to the sea.


The compartment is covered by the provincial flower, the purple violet, and the fiddlehead, an edible fern that grows in New Brunswick.


The supporters are white-tailed deer collared with Maliseet wampum, and bear badges of the Union colours and of the fleurs-de-lis of royal France, to commemorate the colonization of the area by those powers.


The motto, Spem reduxit ([It] has restored hope), refers to the province's having acted as a haven for Loyalist refugees who fled there after the American Revolution.[2][3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Canada Heritage (March 2003). "Ceremonial and Canadian Symbols across Canada". Archived from the original on 6 June 2008. Retrieved 2 September 2008.
  2. ^ a b c "Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick – Legislative Tradition Part 10: The Armorial Bearings". Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick. Retrieved 2 September 2008.
  3. ^ a b "About New Brunswick – Symbols". Government of New Brunswick. Archived from the original on 13 October 2007. Retrieved 2 September 2008.

External linksEdit

  • Symbols (Government of New Brunswick).
  • The Provincial Flag and Coat of Arms (NB Travel Guide –
  • The Arms of New Brunswick.
  • Arms and flag of New Brunswick in the online Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges.
  • Royal Warrant granting Armorial Bearings for the Provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and a Great Seal for the Dominion of Canada. Canada Gazette, volume 3, number 22, 27 November 1869, page 36.
  • Royal Warrant augmenting the arms of New Brunswick. Canada Gazette Part I, volume 120, number 14, 5 April 1986, pages 1748–1750.